The prior effort saw two universities struggling to overcome significant cultural differences and some differences in objectives. Though ultimately it did not come to fruition, the lessons learned will actually be helpful as OE attempts to bring together UCSF’s own strong, independent departments.
In addition, OE has the great advantage of having a Chancellor who has the authority and responsibility to make decisions in the overall best interest of the UCSF campus.
An effort like OE that is broad, complicated and targets the work we do every day is bound to be fraught with difficulties and disagreements. Without a robust exchange of views and productive tension, we can't get to the best possible solutions. No one can guarantee success but we can guarantee rigorous and relentless attention to answering the right questions.
We also know that we won't get it all right at the outset; we will need to make adjustments until we do get it right. Doing it right is as much about paying attention to 'what to do' as it is about paying attention to 'what not to do.'