UC President Napolitano Celebrated the Launch of FOM|UCPath at UC Riverside

FOM|UCPath kept 135 people working over the winter break. The team identified and resolved 1,290 issues, and reviewed more than 1.4 million data elements.

UC President Janet Napolitano visited UC Riverside to personally meet and congratulate the teams that led the charge in overhauling and implementing FOM|UCPath. UCR

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – UC President Janet Napolitano joined UC Riverside on March 29 in celebrating its successful launch of UCPath, a campus pilot that in time will become a one-stop, systemwide solution for payroll, academic personnel, timekeeping, and human resources.

The six-week production “cutover” process began during the Thanksgiving 2017 holiday period and concluded with UCPath access becoming available for all UCR employees on Jan. 2.

On March 29, UCR welcomed Napolitano and UC Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox to an appreciation event at the UCR Alumni and Visitors Center where more than 100 employees enjoyed lunch and lively conversations.

“UCPath will help us become effective and more efficient,” said Napolitano, who made a special trip to personally thank the teams. “I know many of you sacrificed winter break and being away from your families during Christmas. Thank you, because this will make for a smoother road for the other UCs as they transition. I want to thank you on behalf of UC and the Board of Regents. I deeply appreciate the commitment.”

UCR is also a leader in modifying its own systems and business processes, calling the endeavor the Future Operating Model (FOM), to create additional campus efficiencies. Together they are coined FOM|UCPath. These local system and business process enhancements contribute to more streamlined interactions with the UCPath support center.

Wilcox said that the timely rollout of the project – even with the hiccups the FOM|UCPath team encountered – was a success because of FOM|UCPath team members’ hard work.

The overhaul and implementation were tremendous, Wilcox said. An example is the labor that went into the cutover period, requiring 135 people to work 10 to 12-hour shifts, identify and resolve 1,290 issues, and review more than 1.4 million data elements. The first monthly payroll cycle accuracy was 97.3 percent. By March, the accuracy was at 99 percent.

“Today, you’ve done something great,” Wilcox said. “This was intentional. We said we’re going to step up for UCR and the rest of the system and we did it. These are the kinds of jobs that are transformational in the life of a university. I’m proud of you for that.”

Ameae Walker, vice provost for academic personnel, Ron Coley, vice chancellor of Business and Administrative Services, Danna Gianforte, chief information officer and associate vice chancellor of UCR’s Information Technology Solutions, and Josh Bright, UCPath project manager, also thanked employees for their collaboration, leadership, and dedication.

UCPath will eventually serve more than 200,000 employees across the 10 UC campuses, five medical centers and other university entities. It will replace the nearly 40-year-old Payroll and Personnel System (PPS) – a system Napolitano recognized was “held together with duct tape and prayers,” a remark that prompted nods and laughter from the teams gathered at the Alumni and Visitors Center.

Other pilot sites include UC Merced and the Associated Students of UCLA. UCR is the first campus with a medical school to make the transition into UCPath, making it the largest pilot campus.

For more information, visit the FOM|UCPath website at http://fomucpath.ucr.edu.

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