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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  • 07 / 21 / 15

    Sponsor’s Corner

    Recently the UC Procurement Services Oakland-based and Center of Excellence (COE) staff had an All-Hands meeting. I enjoyed witnessing how the team worked in small group exercises to resolve challenges in communication, change management and program implementation. It gave me a deep appreciation for the determination, creativity and enthusiasm that is displayed in our daily […]

  • 05 / 11 / 15

    Sponsor’s Corner

    At last month’s 2015 National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP) annual meeting in Atlanta, a number of outstanding presentations were made by members of our UC Procurement Services Community: •    Erin Riley (UCOP) – Recognizing Our Benefit: How the UC System Tackles the Challenge of Defining, Collecting and Reporting Savings •    Ted Johnson (UCSD) – […]

  • 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 […]