Working Together To Promote Organizational Excellence

Vice chancellors Maria Anguiano and Ron Coley want OE to be driven by and for the broader campus community

Collaborative leadership and professional development featured prominently at the October 12 Organizational Excellence (OE) campus-wide event. Photos by Carrie Rosema

Collaborative leadership and professional development featured prominently at the October 12 Organizational Excellence (OE) campus-wide event which strengthened a foundational principle of OE at UCR – that OE should be driven by and for the broader campus community.

Vice chancellors Maria Anguiano and Ron Coley opened the event with a general campus update regarding student success, graduation rates, and research trends. Vice chancellor Coley focused the audience’s attention to the critical point that UCR’s diversity actually strengthens, and in many ways, defines our excellence, as reflected in our graduation rates.

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Vice Chancellor Maria Anguiano
Photos by Carrie Rosema

“We should not take this for granted,” he said. UCR has a national reputation for both excellence and diversity. “We demonstrate that these attributes are not mutually exclusive; rather, they are mutually reinforcing.”

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Vice Chancellor Ron T. Coley
Photos by Carrie Rosema

The 250 staff and faculty present also learned that collaboration, innovation, and standardized business processes have been embedded in a number of campus-wide OE initiatives, including:

  • MRB1, currently under construction, which will house over 60, instead of the originally planned 50 research groups, and was designed in a competitive process that allowed planners to consider how best to maximize space;
  • A new transparent budget model that eliminates over 15,000 recharge related transactions, allowing staff to focus on strategic, mission-critical objectives;
  • The integration of two facilities services groups which eliminated the need for redundant leadership and management positions, creating 42 promotional opportunities for Facilities Services staff.

At the spring OE event earlier this year, the campus identified a number of training and professional development courses that would enable the UCR community to drive OE forward across campus. In order to respond to this campus request, OE leadership partnered closely with the Employee and Organizational Development (EOD) Office within UCR Human Resources (HR) over the last several months.

Kimberly Allain of the EOD Office debuted HR’s new course catalogue, which directly reflects the areas requested by the campus, demonstrating the importance of the campus voice in determining the trajectory of OE at UCR and identifying the developmental opportunities that support the professional aspirations of UCR staff.

Allain focused on leadership development, outlining for the audience the specific course offerings available across the leadership spectrum, from aspiring leaders to those in senior leadership.

Vice chancellor Coley also debuted the new OE Certificate program which will prepare participants to become significant contributors to high-impact, campus-wide projects outside the scope of their primary work assignments.

During the workshop on Oct. 12, participants were encouraged to critically consider the different elements of collaborative leadership. ucr

During the workshop on Oct. 12, participants were encouraged to critically consider the different elements of collaborative leadership. Photos by Carrie Rosema

The event also emphasized the importance of collaboration in driving excellence on campus. Allain presented a video that showcased a carefully planned and choreographed home construction project in which two years of planning and innovation allowed a team to build a full-sized, turn-key single family home in just under three hours. Initially considered “impossible” by many in the construction industry, the video demonstrated how collaborative leadership and innovative thinking could break down self-imposed barriers and surpass expectations of what is possible.

During the workshop component of the event, participants were encouraged to critically consider the different elements of collaborative leadership, how those elements were demonstrated in the project and how they could be applied to the UCR community.

The event made clear that the professional development offerings, OE Certificate program, and collaborative leadership focus will equip the UCR community with the skill sets necessary to facilitate change and further promote excellence across campus.

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