Through the systemwide UCPath initiative and in an effort to streamline human resources, academic personnel, benefits, and payroll processes, the University of California has created a UCPath Center that will eventually serve more than 220,000 UC employees across 10 campuses, five medical centers and other university facilities.

The center is a central, systemwide shared services organization based in Riverside. Among the improvements is the replacement of the nearly 40-year-old Payroll & Personnel System (PPS) with a single PeopleSoft implementation called the UCPath system.

UC Riverside is among the pilot campuses for this new system, which has been in the works for several years and is currently in the middle of a year-long test cycle to ensure that campus-level data is properly integrated with UCPath.

Simultaneously, UCR has embarked on a comprehensive Organizational Excellence effort called the Future Operating Model (FOM) initiative. In tandem with UCR’s participation as a pilot UCPath campus, the FOM initiative provides UCR with an unprecedented opportunity to transform its business processes in ways that will most effectively meet the needs of the campus in the UCPath environment.

The systemwide UCPath and the local FOM initiatives are known as UCR’s FOM|UCPath project.

The FOM|UCPath project is scheduled to launch in winter 2017. For more information and updates about the FOM|UCPath project, visit the project website or email questions to

To learn more about the UCPath center, visit:

UCR’s Organizational Excellence Team Presents in Two National Conferences

UC Riverside Vice Chancellor of Business and Administrative Services Ron Coley, UC Regent Maria Anguiano, Kimberly Villanueva, interim director of strategic project management within the UCR office of Planning and Budget, and Jason Rodriguez, strategic initiatives analyst, financial planning and analysis also within the UCR office of Planning and Budget, recently presented at two national conferences in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The team represented UCR at the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) and Network for Change and Continuous Innovation (NCCI) conferences.

(Left to right) Jason Rodriguez, UC Regent Maria Anguiano, Kimberly Villanueva, and Ron Coley (not photographed) represented UCR at two national conferences where they spoke about Organizational Excellence. courtesy

The annual conferences bring together 2,000 to 3,000 higher education business officers and change managers from across the country to discuss topics relevant to higher education.

UCR’s group presentation, titled “How to Start a Grassroots Movement: UCR’s Organizational Excellence Initiative,” highlighted the value and importance of UCR’s unique, bottom-up approach to Organizational Excellence (OE). The presentation and discussion inspired conference attendees to think beyond traditional approaches to campus efficiency measures and to consider the power of shifting a culture towards collaboration and innovation.

Villanueva and Rodriguez are also part of the Organizational Planning Committee. Anguiano is UCR’s former vice chancellor for planning and budget.

5th Annual UC Summer Barbecue in the UK

Every year over 2,000 University of California students go to the United Kingdom and Ireland on semester, year-long and summer study abroad programs. For many of those students, the life-changing experience is not possible without a scholarship.

UCR runners (left to right) Stephanie Ostrich, Flor Garcia and Violet Del Toro. courtesy

Recently, two fundraising efforts supported the effort. Through the Great California Cake-Off bake sale and raffle ticket sales, over $700 was raised to help support Team UC’s fundraising goal for UC study abroad scholarships.

On Sunday, July 9 Team UC fundraised further at the Virgin Sports Westminster 10k, a route through the heart of the city, with the help of University of California alumnae, students, family, and friends. Among the 27 participants were UCR alumni Stephanie Ostrich and Violet Del Toro, and current student Flor Garcia. The three raised over $500.

Team UC in total raised over $4,500.

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