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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  • 03 / 10 / 15

    Sponsor’s Corner

    I would expect that many within and outside the UC mistakenly view the core strategy of the P200 Program, “One UC Procurement,” as merely a matter of leveraging the collective buying power of all UC campuses to achieve higher pricing discounts; “The Power of Ten.” But the simple fact is, one cannot leverage what one […]

  • 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 […]

  • 08 / 01 / 14

    Cost of Risk Update: Recoveries through July 2014

    The University of California is Self-Insured SystemWide for their General and Auto Liability, Property, Workers Compensation and Professional Liability programs. If payments are made under these programs due to another party’s negligence, the University’s Third Party Administrator (TPA) actively pursues recovery of those funds from the negligent party. Recoveries Through July 2014