Town Hall Touches on UCR Budget, Faculty Expansion Update and Organizational Excellence Speaker Series

Upcoming changes to various processes around campus will help UCR achieve UCR 2020 Strategic Plan, says Wilcox

Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox held a Town Hall meeting on March 30.

Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox held a Town Hall on Monday, March 30.

It included a discussion on the new budgeting system for the campus, an update on the faculty hiring process and the Organizational Excellence series at UCR.

Budget Implementation

“UCR is in a period of intense change and tremendous growth driving transformation to achieve its UCR 2020 Strategic Plan,” said Vice Chancellor Maria Anguiano as she presented the UCR cabinet’s progress on the budget’s implementation.

To do this, UCR is assessing the implementation of a performance- and incentive-based budget model. “There is no one best budget model,” she said; “Our model has to be designed specifically to accomplish what UC Riverside wants to accomplish.”

She said a UCR budget needs to be flexible, transparent, strategic, risk-tolerant and logical. She said still ahead is collaboration between the academic senate, deans and financial administrators. The new budget design will be deployed through a phased approach, starting with testing in 2015-2016. It is set to go live in academic year 2016-17.

Faculty Expansion

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Paul D’Anieri and Vice Chancellor for Business and Administration Ron Coley also gave updates on both the faculty expansion and the organizational excellence series.

D’Anieri says that UCR is on track to expand the number of our faculty by 300 more in 2020. “The quality of our faculty is very, very high, but the numbers are quite low,” he said. Currently, the deans of the respective colleges are communicating their priorities, and the provost’s office is overseeing a faculty hiring process modeled on faculty proposals. On May 1, initial announcements will be made regarding the hiring process, D’Anieri said. 
More information is available.

The Path to Organizational Excellence

“In order for the promise to actually be realized, we on the administrative side have to up our game a bit,” Coley said. This was the motivation behind the current Organizational Excellence Speaker Series, which Coley and Anguiano are hosting. At the end of the speaker series, participants will convene to discuss the best path to UCR’s own organizational excellence, via what was gleaned from processes at different institutions around the country. Speakers from the University of Washington and UC Berkeley spoke at the first two events; the city of Houston and UC San Francisco will talk about processes at their institutions on April 14 and May 11, respectively.

In closing, Wilcox said that the various initiatives for change are being set in motion to help the campus become a better place. “Academics are at the center, because that is what leads us,” Wilcox said in closing. “But our administrative operations are not robust enough and efficient enough. … We want to be at a place where most of the campus says ‘Yes, we have changed things here and for the better.’”


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