Organizational Excellence

Engage. Simplify. Enable the Mission

Initiatives

Organizational Excellence Methodology

In collaboration with faculty, staff, and students

Initiatives method

See pan-institutional projects in University Project Portfolio

CURRENT PROJECTS

Project Rebound

Lead Partners - UVA Office of Economic Development and the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce

Project Rebound is an initiative to enable the re-opening of the regional economy post COVID-19 by engaging business leaders to share insights, identify challenges, and build actionable strategies.

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Institutional Efficiency and Effectiveness Opportunities

Lead Partners: OE Executive Sponsors: EVP/COO J.J Davis and EVP/Provost Liz Magill 

The Organizational Excellence Leadership Council is charged to identify efficiency and effectiveness opportunities at UVA.

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Fall 2020 Operational and Logistics Planning

Lead Partner: Office of the Senior Vice President for Operations, the Office of the EVP/COO, Operational Workstream Leads

The Organizational Excellence team is supporting operational planning and implementation across 12 workstreams addressing 60 high-level tasks in preparation for students, faculty and staff returning to Grounds.

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Curriculum (Re)Design

Lead Partner – UVA Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE)

CTE helps departments, programs, and schools (re)design curricula for majors, minors, graduate degrees, or any other connected group of courses.

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Finance Strategic Transformation

(Lead Partner - Office of the Vice President for Finance)

Finance Strategic Transformation simplifies financial operations for key stakeholders. The project evaluates and streamlines processes while implementing new technology and improving service across Grounds.

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COMPLETED PROJECTS

Innovation Culture at UVA Project

(Lead Partner - Cornerstone Project Team and Professor Ed Hess)

An Innovation Culture enables the highest levels of human performance, enhancing our ability to think, listen, learn, relate, and collaborate in order to create value for the organization in constantly evolving environments. It fosters new ideas, promotes divergent to convergent thinking, and creates space for experimentation and action. 

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Capital Project Planning and Construction
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Faculty Annual Reporting

The Faculty Annual Reporting system is an online academic tool that increases ease, effectiveness and utility of annual reports. A collaborative effort begun in the Curry School by faculty and staff, the tool is built in house with annual input from University of Virginia faculty.  

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University Business Intelligence (UBI)

(Lead Partner - Office of the Vice President for Finance)

University Business Intelligence (UBI) enables enterprise reporting of financial information, empowering units and schools with readily-accessible information to help them make better decisions for UVA.

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ExpenseUVA

(Lead Partner - Procurement and Supplier Diversity Services)

ExpenseUVA is a Finance initiative which will deliver an automated system for managing expenses with built-in data reconciliation. 

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TravelUVA

(Lead Partner - Procurement and Supplier Diversity Services)

TravelUVA is a Procurement and Supplier Diversity Services project designed to improve the travel experience for the UVA community, increase safety, and reduce costs.

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Administrative Unit Review - Procurement

This review assessed Procurement's quality, efficiency, and effectiveness through a unit self-study and on-site review by an external committee.

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Benchmarking of Administrative Services

This comprehensive Benchmarking Study of Administrative Services across six functions (Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Procurement, Research Administration, and Student Services) assessed the University’s effectiveness and efficiency in delivering support services. The results helped shape and inform numerous improvement initiatives.

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Email Consolidation

(Lead Partner - The Office of the Chief Information Officer)

Email consolidation improves calendar sharing and meeting planning, enhances security, and reduces costs related to supporting multiple email systems. 

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Gift Processing Services

(Lead Partner - The Alumni Association)

Gift Processing Services is an improvement project which will increase the efficiency and effectiveness of managing donors' gifts and pledges. 

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Internal Communications Assessment

This assessment reviewed the current state of UVA internal communications, researched best practices, and provided recommendations for internal communications.

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Server / Data Centralization

(Lead Partner - The Office of the Chief Information Officer)

Server and data center consolidation is an Information Technology project which unifies resources in order to more efficiently and effectively manage servers and University data. 

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ResearchUVA

(Lead Partner - The Office of Sponsored Programs)

ResearchUVA will create streamlined, efficient research administration processes (proposal development, submission, and award management), enabled via people and a customized enterprise-wide IT platform.

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Strategic Sourcing

(Lead Partner - Procurement and Supplier Diversity Services)

Strategic Sourcing consolidates and leverages the purchasing power of UVA to deliver greater customer satisfaction and cost savings.

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Ufirst: Human Resource Solutions for You

(Lead Partner: Human Resources)

Ufirst is a multi-year Human Resource (HR) transformation project to deliver high-quality, customer-centric Human Resource (HR) services.

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OTHER OE INITIATIVES

Innovation: Ideas to Action

Innovation Management provides a framework to collect diverse insights, promote collaboration, and tap into expert knowledge.  This enables the best ideas to be refined and executed.

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Bacharach Leadership Group Training

OE facilitates the delivery of a multi-session program for leading change and innovation. The program focuses on pragmatic leadership skills to develop an agenda, gain support, and move it forward to execution.

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Great Colleges to Work For

The Great Colleges to Work For program – sponsored by The Chronicle of Higher Education and ModernThink, LLC – provides senior-level administrators and academic leaders with insights on the quality of the workplace experience and the competitiveness of their policies and benefits.

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