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What is Opus?

Starting in 2015, Opus will be the information system of record for academic appointees at UCLA. Opus will improve the academic review process by replacing current paper files with a secure electronic profile, a convenient and automated review process, and robust messaging and reporting features. For more information see our About page.

What can faculty do now to prepare?

Get your publications list ready now! The UC Publication Management tool, provided by the California Digital Library, searches external databases to find publications that may belong to you. All you have to do is click 'claim as mine' to add items to your publications list. Opus will import these automatically so you won't have to type them in. Log in here, with your UCLA logon: oapolicy.universityofcalifornia.edu (currently available to Senate faculty). Once you've logged in, watch your campus email inbox for notifications about new publications.

When will the campus start using Opus?

As of 2016, every personnel coordinator and Dean’s office is using Opus 1.4.1 to track faculty eligibility, current actions, and make sure the appointment histories for all academics are accurate and complete in our database. In the fall of 2017, appointees themselves, as well as reviewing bodies, will be required to use the system for tracking the actual case files for merits, promotions, and 4th year appraisals. During this initial transition, dossiers will be uploaded as PDFs sent along an automated workflow. In the future, these PDFs will be replaced by integration with campus and other data sources to provide the data directly to the necessary data summary forms.

What series will be included in Opus?

All academic appointees will be included in Opus, but will be rolled out in phases. This includes Professors in the Regular, Acting, Adjunct, Health Sciences, and Clinical (X) series, Lecturers, Researchers, Librarians, Academic Coordinators and Academic Administrators.

Will Opus change the way academics are evaluated?

Opus will not affect the evaluative aspect of academic review: review is still governed by the policies set forth in the Academic Personnel Manual and the UCLA CALL. Instead, it is a tool to increase the efficiency and transparency of this process.

What input did faculty have in designing Opus?

Our Executive Steering Committee consists of faculty and senior staff, who have been instrumental in guiding the project. User engagement sessions yield many great suggestions from faculty and staff, and we've solicited feedback from all faculty on the Standard Data Outline (i.e. Data Summary). As we rollout and enhance Opus, we conduct extensive user experience testing on each version to make sure we are on the right track. If you would like to be hands-on and give us design feedback, please send an email to opushelp@ucla.edu

How much work will be involved in transitioning to Opus?

Our goal is to make this as smooth as possible. We will populate faculty profiles with authoritative data where possible, but there will be some manual data entry. We are exploring technology to make data entry easier on users. We will offer several training options, and are committed to an intuitive, user-friendly design to make the learning process easy.

What does Opus stand for?

Opus is not an acronym. It is literally translated from Latin as 'work', particularly a work of scholarship or creativity.

What browsers can I use?

Visit our Technical FAQs section in UCLA Opus Support for more information about compatible browsers and devices.

Is Opus accessible for people with disabilities?

Opus was designed and developed to be accessible to people with disabilities, including those who use assistive technologies. Opus follows the UC Information Technology Accessibility Policy, which means that it follows the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 at level AA Success Criteria.