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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  • 01 / 22 / 15

    Dorm Furniture evaluated for Systemwide contract

    UCSD Housing, Dining and Hospitality hosted the 2015 Systemwide Dorm furniture Demonstration from December 8th to the 10th at at their Trade Street Warehouse location. Team members from nearly every campus flew in to participate in a review and scoring of furniture samples from 5 suppliers that met the university’s minimum criteria. Each Supplier had […]

  • 11 / 20 / 14

    Spotlight: UCSF/UCB Supply Chain joins effort to combat Ebola

    The current West African Ebola outbreak is projected to infect between 500k and 1.4M people worldwide by January 2015.  Many of UCSF’s doctors and researchers are working in earnest toward the goal of rapid containment and preservation of life.  In some cases, UCSF medical personnel are on the ground in Sierra Leone teaching the local […]

  • 09 / 01 / 14

    UC Ready will become Mission Continuity – August 2014 Update

    In 2013 UC Ready will become Mission Continuity – a dashboard that combines the UC Ready information with new UC Resilient detail reports.   Together, they enable the UC system to be “event-ready” at all levels to expertly navigate obstacles through advanced preparations and time-of-event strategies to continue operations in the face of disaster. UC Ready […]