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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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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  • 10 / 09 / 14

    And the Bidding and Benefits Continue…

    UC Procurement teams continue to leverage sourcing technology to make a great impact on campus savings! At UC Irvine, Ralph Kupcha and Kent Schofield used SRS to bid Ford CMax vehicles on behalf of Parking and Transportation. Ralph and Kent were able to work with their campus requestors to realize the value of the bidding […]


    Using Data Visualization Tools to Paint a Picture

    Prime Vendor II / RFP Quality Point Analysis During the recent systemwide Prime Vendor II Food Initiative, a question regarding the final systemwide Quality Point scoring of a specific vendor was raised. To address this question, Tableau software was deployed for a visual, question-by-question analysis of RFP/QP responses. Tableau made it simple to set up […]


    Shining the Sun on Solar—Center of Excellence in Action

    On September 8, the University of California announced in a press release that it had signed two, 25-year Power Purchase Agreements with Frontier Renewables to purchase 206,000 megawatt-hours per year of solar energy – the largest solar energy purchase by any U.S. higher education institution.  The purchase marked a milestone in the University’s sustainable power […]