Magazine article University Business

Finding a Path to HR Savings

Magazine article University Business

Finding a Path to HR Savings

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The fact that every campus has a human resources department could lead to inefficiencies within Large university systems. Or at least that's how officials at the University of California saw it. The system is consolidating routine payroll, benefits, leave management, and workforce administration functions from across 10 campuses at a single location near the Riverside campus.

The UC Path project (Payroll, Academic Personnel, Timekeeping and HR) is part of the "Working Smarter" initiative (www.workingsmarter.universityofcalifornia.edu), which has the goal of redirecting $500 million from administrative costs back to campuses within five years.

Technology use and head count reduction are expected to result in savings of $100 million once the center is fully operational. "Savings of this magnitude will allow us to redirect resources to our core academic mission of teaching and research," UC Riverside Chancellor Timothy White said during a press conference about the project. "It will also allow us to keep costs as Low as possible for students and their families." As part of the project, the institution is moving from a legacy mainframe payroll system to a PeopleSoft system.

"Right now about 6,000 people in the system have some part of the payroll and benefits function as part of their job, and they are operating with about 11 different technology systems," explains spokeswoman Kris Lovekin. …

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