Key Initiatives

Financial Health

The Financial Sustainability initiative provides a roadmap to generate $250 million annually in recurring funds at maturity from four key sources – new revenues, cost efficiencies, research growth and fundraising – to invest in faculty, research, academic programs and support.

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Healthy Campus Network

The Healthy Campus Network (HCN) is a UC-wide initiative aimed at making UC the healthiest place to work, learn and live. At UC Davis, partners responsible for programs impacting the health and well-being of our community are providing support, information, resources and tools capable of helping staff, faculty and students engage in healthy behaviors. This initiative serves all of UC Davis.

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Campus Security

The Campus Security Standards Implementation Project Advisory Committee is developing an implementation plan related to standards and centralized controls for electronic security systems in select campus facilities. This includes a single, centralized and standardized platform for door access control, video devices and intrusion/security alarm systems across campus.

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Classroom Renovations

UC Davis just finished renovations to 10 classrooms, another milestone in the Classrooms Work Group’s plan to refresh all 130 general assignment rooms at least once a decade. As the work group’s experience planning and managing these projects has grown, so has the campus’s financial commitment, from $1 million in 2014 to an anticipated $6 million annually, for three years, to invest in technology and aesthetic upgrades.

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Safety Technology

UC Davis has been leading a five-year effort to deliver an integrated suite of safety and research management tools that provide researchers with a comprehensive way to manage workplace risks, meet requirements and easily manage important recordkeeping data. There are currently 45,000 registered users across all 10 campuses and 5 medical centers.

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Expediting Payments

A new service team was launched to provide intake, data entry, and exception processing of vendor invoices on behalf of supported units. By streamlining processes and utilizing a common billing address for invoices, the team dramatically reduced the average payment time – increasing the capture of early payment discounts offered by vendors.

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Customer Engagement

The Shared Services Center adopted an enhanced client and campus engagement model, including creating mission/vision statements focusing on partnership, launching a new website, opening a satellite office on core campus, hosting its first-ever Open House, and piloting a new client engagement tool. With ongoing quarterly feedback surveys, satisfaction ratings have soared to new heights.

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Capital Investments

The Capital Investment Master Plan will inform and shape the campus’ vision of the University of the 21st Century. In collaboration with Deans, Vice Chancellors and VC-CFO operating units and informed by the report from the Studio, Laboratory and Office Advisory Committee, we are developing a fully informed list of capital projects.

Community Engagement

The Campus Planning team has been collaborating with the Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability team to update the UC Davis Long Range Development Plan and its accompanying Environmental Impact Report. The team developed an outreach plan that includes an interactive open house in the Nelson Gallery and a website for sharing planning scenarios and gathering input.

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Environmental Leadership

Check out our progress toward meeting some of higher education’s most aggressive sustainability goals. There’s a good reason we’re considered one of Sierra Club’s “Cool Schools” – with 17 LEED certified buildings on campus, $15.5 million saved from energy efficiency upgrades, and more than 180 courses per year with emphasis on sustainability.

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Visitor Welcoming

The goal of creating a more visitor-friendly campus cuts across every unit to attract people to the heart of campus and celebrate the connection between the campus and the City of Davis. From new pedestrian walkways and bus capacity, to a growing number of motorist assists, to the campus wayfinding system, we are always striving to create a more visitor-welcoming campus.

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