Organizational Excellence

Engage. Simplify. Enable the Mission

Program Overview

Organizational Excellence

Organizational Excellence (OE) is a pan-institutional quality and improvement program to support and enable institutional goals and priorities.

The program's four components include the following:

1. University-wide initiatives that streamline processes, reduce duplication, eliminate non-value added activities, and simplify work
2. University Project Portfolio that aligns and coordinates among major initiatives
3. Quality communities that build institutional capacity through professional development and connection, including the Quality CORE Network and Communities of Practice (CoPs) - Project Management and Change Management
4. Consulting services that assist the institution, schools, and units to clarify and achieve their goals and priorities (e.g. process improvement, strategic planning and implementation, organizational change)

Established in 2013 as a strategy in the University's Cornerstone Strategic Plan, OE builds upon the University's continuous improvement program, Process Simplification, established in 1994. The principles and outcomes of OE are embedded in the University’s most recent strategic plan, Great and Good – The 2030 Strategic Plan.  This plan commits to innovation, excellence, collaboration, efficiency and effectiveness as UVA strives to be a great and good leading public university.          

Read the OE Strategy Map.


Create a culture of excellence to enable core mission and strategic priorities.

Guiding principles:

  • Academic and administrative collaboration2019-2020 Annual Report
  • Data-driven and results-oriented
  • Strategic, long-term impact
  • Stewardship of resources


  • High performance (value, results)
  • Service orientation
  • Continuous improvement
  • Organizational capacity for change
  • Resource alignment and optimization 

Learn about OE's structure and roles.