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:

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, including Quality CORE Network and Spotlight on Excellence, that develop individual skills and promote sharing of best practices 
4. Consulting services and resources for school and units

Established in 2013 as a strategy in the University's Cornerstone Strategic Plan (strategy 14 under Pillar 5: Steward the University's Resources to Promote Academic Excellence and Affordable Access), OE builds upon the University's continuous improvement program, Process Simplification, established in 1994.

Read the OE Strategy Map.


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

Guiding principles:

  • Academic and administrative collaboration2016-2017 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.