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UCPath Extends Target Launch Date for Pilot Locations

Date: 02-28-2016

The University of California has revised its target launch date for UCPath at pilot locations, including UCLA, ASUCLA, UC Merced and UC Riverside, from August to December 2017. Despite making steady progress, the UCPath Executive Leadership Team approved a recommendation to extend the deployment date by four months to ensure a successful release of the new technology and transition to UCPath Center services. UCPath is a high priority for the University, which will help more than 200,000 employees with HR, Payroll, and Benefits support services.

“The University of California is undergoing an unprecedented business transformation with UCPath, and given a change of this magnitude, the significance of system readiness and deployment precision cannot be overstated,” said Mark Cianca, Associate Vice President, Operational Services.  To ensure successful implementation, additional preparation activities and supplemental cutover rehearsals have been planned. The next available window for deployment following August 2017 is after open enrollment in December 2017.

The Pilot schedule change provides a number of advantages along with additional time for issue resolution before the next phase of testing begins:    

  • Allows dedicated time for development between data conversion cycles
  • Provides time to resolve issues between test cycles
  • Isolates final months to focus on cutover activities and campus readiness
  • Reduces complexity and resource needs for year-end activities
  • Avoids change to benefit deduction holiday for employees
  • Eliminates multiple W-2s for employees
  • Eliminates mid-year balance conversions
  • Shifts go-live date away from high-volume academic hiring cycle

Throughout the process, we will leverage learnings and work products from the Pilot deployment to accelerate the program where possible; however, we anticipate that the timing of subsequent deployments will be affected.  At present, we are conducting a full analysis of available options and expect a decision in late March.

The remaining UC locations will transition to UCPath in two subsequent deployments until the new system is fully operational for UC staff and faculty at all UC locations. The next locations to implement UCPath following the pilot will be UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz and ANR.

This announcement updates previous launch date information, which can be viewed at