UC-CORO Systemwide Leadership Collaborative

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CORO Northern California has been assisting the University of California since 2006 to develop current and future administrative and faculty leaders. CORO has assisted with training over 450 faculty, administrators, staff and senior executives at UC.

This leadership program will focus on the benefits of inter-campus and cross functional involvement. With the program being tailored at the director level and above, the participants will have field study opportunities to work on a specific campus or a medical center leadership initiative. The UC–CORO Systemwide Leadership Collaborative will be offered to 40–45 administrators from UC campuses to form a Northern California cohort and a Southern California cohort. The program will include campus explorations where participants will interview campus leaders and have the opportunity to visit and learn about the institution. This provides a direct opportunity to get a sense of the physical, intellectual, administrative and cultural nature of multiple University of California campuses.

Commitment: The program is rigorous and requires a firm commitment of approximately 100 hours of seminars and intersession assignments. A group project requires an additional time commitment.

Nomination process and deadline: The UC–CORO Systemwide Leadership Collaborative targets selected individuals who report to cabinet-level leaders. The dual purpose is to enhance the leadership skills of those individuals and to foster relationships, networking and collaboration across UC. Eligibility criteria and nomination deadline information are included in the Nomination Instructions and Form.

2017 Leadership Collaborative Nomination Instructions and Form (pdf)

Timing: Selected participants will be notified of nomination in November. Following notification, participants will be asked to complete a nominee questionnaire along with pre-work. The UC–CORO program is a one year program and will run from January to December including graduation.

2017 Leadership Collaborative Program Schedule (pdf)

Locations: Northern and Southern California cohorts will meet separately. Project presentations and graduation will include both cohorts.

  • Northern California: UC San Francisco, UC Davis, UC Berkeley, UCOP, UC Santa Cruz, UC Merced, ANR, LBNL
  • Southern California: UC Los Angeles , UC Irvine, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, UC Riverside, ANR

Cost: Funding for program participants is the responsibility of each location and cost will be $5,000 per participant. All travel arrangements and travel related costs should be handled by the program participant and submitted for reimbursement from the participant’s department/campus using the established T&E process at the program participant’s location. Meals during class programs and room rental expenses will be covered separately by the UC–CORO Program

Overarching outcomes from the program include:

  • Enhanced leadership abilities through exposure to and practice with a broad array of leadership tools and concepts that emphasize self and group awareness, interpersonal communication and insightful analysis of resources and systems. Participants will demonstrate:
  • A deepened connection to peers and colleagues and an on-going network of leaders that transcends boundaries across UC
  • Increased confidence to initiate positive change and innovation across all levels of UC
  • Improved relationships between UC leaders; the beginning of a cultural shift across the UC system that will yield more collaborative partnerships

Program components consist of:

  • Twelve full-day interactive seminars held on various campuses, including Campus Field Exploration sessions which involve gathering information to gain improved understanding and appreciation of strengths and challenges facing campus leaders and departments
  • A two (2) day systemwide People Management Conference
  • Logic Study: Creating a culture of collaboration
    • examine the complexities of an organization or department
    • create understanding of the leadership styles in/of the group
    • establish the group as a framework of learning for participants
  • Home Teams: work groups throughout the session
  • Practicum: each participant identifies a small group within the organization to use as a laboratory in which to explore CORO tools
  • Final presentations focusing on recommendations to Chancellors and other UC senior leaders

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