Delegation of Authority Principles

SECTION 2.4

Delegations of authority play a broad, foundational role in this model for improving administrative effectiveness.

Evaluation Process and Underlying Principles

Delegation of authority letters assign formal authority and responsibility for actions to specified campus administrators. All formal delegations have been reviewed for clarity, for internal consistency with current policy and campus organization, and -- especially -- for the possibility of further redelegation based on four objectives stemming from the UC "Principles for Transforming Administration":

  1. Delegated authority should align with organizational assignments of responsibility, so that those with the information, knowledge, and concern for responsible outcomes have the means to act accordingly.
  2. Delegated authority should be clarified to prevent "administrative paralysis" which accompanies confusion about responsibilities/accountabilities (especially important when systems, practices, and organizational structures are undergoing transition).
  3. Authorizations, signatures, transaction steps, and paperwork required to support administrative decisions should be reduced.
  4. Administrative systems should be consumer-oriented, and administrative processes simplified.

"Before and after" results from the redelegations are summarized in the Progress Report Section (4.3).