Special Programs

Automated Vital Statistics System

Beginning in 1980, the Automated Vital Statistics System (AVSS) was envisioned to be an integrated computer system for the collection, management, and reporting of public health paper forms, with special emphasis on vital records. The primary goal of AVSS has been the improvement of timeliness and accuracy of vital records by means of computer automation.

Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA)
The UCSB Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) programs – MESA Schools Program (MSP) and MESA Engineering Program (MEP) - strengthen math and science skills for underrepresented students and improve access to higher education and productive careers. MESA's innovative and effective programs for students from elementary school to college are nationally recognized and serve as a model for others. Across California and several other states, MESA engages thousands of students in academic programs, helping them excel in school and eventually earn degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. The MESA program's success lies in supporting students through the education pipeline through on-going partnerships with higher education, institutions, and industry.
McNair Scholars Program

The McNair Scholars Program prepares qualified undergraduates for entrance to a PhD program in all fields of study. The goals of the program are to increase the number of first-generation, low-income and/or underrepresented students in PhD programs, and ultimately, to diversify the faculty in colleges and universities across the country.