What is CORE?

Launched in 2015 by UW System President Raymond Cross, the Commitment to Operational Reform and Excellence (CORE) is an ongoing, multilayered effort to standardize and improve UW System’s business processes, with the central goal of effectively and efficiently using our resources to keep a UW education available and affordable to students and families.  For many years, the percentage of UW System’s annual budget devoted to administrative costs has been significantly below the national average, but we remain committed to continue to identify ways to lower it even further, through the use of innovative business practices.

CORE, a key part of UW System’s 2020 Forward Strategic Framework,  is based on a set of four guiding principles:

  • Business process standardization
  • Facilitating partnerships
  • Reallocation and reinvestment of resources
  • Transformational change

CORE is also focused on six strategic operational areas of our enterprise—administrative services, budget, capital planning and budget, financial administration, human resources and information technology. In conjunction with the UW Colleges and UW-Extension Restructuring Project, CORE is positioning the organization for future success in a rapidly changing economic landscape.

There are currently dozens of projects underway under the CORE umbrella, from the installation of an automated electronic procurement system and the merger of different teams of information technology staffs to the use of electronic tools to assist employees with questions about their benefits and a groundbreaking new budget forecasting system. Some of these efforts, such as improvements to UW System’s information security systems, are classified as foundational; others, such as the development and implementation of a system-wide Cloud road map, are considered transformational. Together, they define the scope of an effort dedicated to making a UW education accessible and affordable to as many students as possible.

Recent Updates

  • Cloud Road Map Study Reaches Milestone

    In late October 2018, Huron Consulting presented UW System Administration’s Executive Council with a report that included a series of potential road maps that could guide the migration of UWSA’s shared financial and human resources systems to a cloud-based environment.  The report assigned current states of migration readiness to several key systems, and identified multiple […]

  • Title and Total Compensation Study Evolves Into Project

    UW System’s Title and Title Compensation (TTC) effort, launched in 2017, began its life as a study, an enterprise-wide effort to review more than 1,800 job titles, as well as current employee compensation and benefits programs, and benchmark them with peer institutions. One of the effort’s primary goals was to identify/create a new job framework […]

President Cross CORE Update to the Board of Regents (Oct. 2017)
President Ray Cross Introduces CORE to the Board of Regents (Nov. 2016)