Faced with diminishing state support, the University of California community has coalesced around administrative and operational effectiveness as a key tenet of long-term viability. Working Smarter brings together systemwide, regional and campus-level efforts under one umbrella with a strong commitment from the top: the University is committed to elevating its administrative operations to the same level of excellence as its academic and research enterprise. Within five years, the University will redirect $500 million from administrative costs to the academic and research missions; streamline operations to address state funding cuts and the need for commonality among the campuses; implement operational efficiencies that enhance the quality of services to students, faculty and staff; and build a sustainable financial model to carry the University forward.

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Get involved! The Working Smarter Initiative wants your suggestions for additional ways that the university can work smarter and reduce costs. Please send your ideas - big or small - to workingsmarter@ucop.edu

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UCPath is the University of California’s critical project to implement a single payroll, benefits, HR and academic personnel solution for all UC employees. UCPath will replace UC’s 35-year old Payroll/Personnel System (PPS) with a single new payroll and HR technology system, standardize and streamline payroll and HR processes systemwide, and centralize certain HR/APO and payroll transactional processes within the UCPath shared service center.  

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  • 09 / 09 / 13

    Working Smarter Initiative on Track to Meet – or Surpass – Financial Goal

    (reposted) By Katherine Tam The University of California has generated $460.9 million in cost savings and new revenue by operating more efficiently over the past three years and funneled that money directly to campuses to support the university’s core academic and research missions. Whether by buying insurance in bulk or rethinking the way campuses invest […]

  • 08 / 29 / 13

    Spend Analytics

    We’re excited to announce the start of the Spend Analytics Phase 2 project.  The Phase 2 will deliver: Consolidation of spend data for both Campus and Pcard data into a single integrated view Spend classification and vendor normalization improvements Campus specific data corrections and enhancements Ongoing education and training of the tool for campus users […]

  • 08 / 08 / 13

    UCIP News and Updates – August 2013

    New Project Enrolled in UCIP: UCSB – Davidson Library Addition and Renewal The University of California, Santa Barbara has just enrolled their Davidson Library Addition and Renewal project in the current edition of the University Controlled Insurance Program (UCIP), a program providing General Liability, Excess Liability and Workers Compensation coverage for many of the University […]