Chancellor Introduces Organizational Excellence Initiative
Chancellor Linda Katehi introduced the Organizational Excellence Initiative in her State of the Campus address February 11, 2010."
UC Davis Budget Advisory Committees & the Administrative Process Redesign Initiative
In January 2009, the campus initiated a new budget planning framework. The chancellor charged the Budget Advisory Committee and five subcommittees to develop a comprehensive strategy for effecting strategic budget reductions across the campus. Subcommittees included Instruction and Research, Administration, Student Services, Self-Supporting Activities and Capital Budget and Space Planning. The Organizational Excellence initiative, which began as the Administrative Process Redesign Initiative, grew out of the work of the Administration subcommittee, and this budget planning process also led to a large number of other unit-based budget reduction and process-improvement initiatives. A summary of subcommittee recommendations, along with the detailed reports of each subcommittee, is on the Budget & Institutional Analysis website, which includes a matrix summarizing all recommendations. (Word document)
About Organizational Excellence
The Organizational Excellence initiative, announced by Chancellor Katehi in her February 11, 2010 State of the Campus address, is a strategic program to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our administrative processes, thereby creating a better future for UC Davis. The Chancellor has recognized that "academic excellence cannot be achieved unless the academic units are supported by an administration that is lean, effective, transparent, service-oriented and innovative."
This initiative is intended to systematically improve services that the campus community depends on and, when appropriate, to re-think some of the fundamental assumptions under which we have been operating. With the state fiscal crisis continuing, the Organizational Excellence initiative is setting aggressive goals for process improvement and organizational change. Characteristics of this initiative are:
- acting quickly to achieve cost savings that can be redirected to academic programs
- harnessing existing expertise from within the university to manage and support the work
- adopting a mindset of continuous business improvement
Organizational Effectiveness implementation will be based on recommendations from the Organizational Excellence Steering Committee and from the Budget Advisory Committee.
To support and enhance the university's academic mission through the strategic and creative reinvention of administrative services.
- To link our work directly to the academic mission
- To be transparent in our processes and communication
- To broadly engage all stakeholders
- To be open to consideration of all options
- To operate free of preconceived outcomes
- To commit to continuous improvement
- To support and enhance a sustainable model of administrative service, leadership and management
Areas of Focus
- Evaluate selected administrative units
- Support the design and implementation of Shared Service Centers
- Support the design and implementation of other efficiency actions such as administrative service clusters, office consolidations, systems improvement and risk assessment