What is an OUC?

An OUC (Organizational Unit Code) is a department/unit identification code, also referred to as Department ID.

The Department ID is an identifying field in various administrative systems that assign activity by department or program. The six-digit field affords a numbering scheme for departments and represents a hierarchal structure determined by each 2-digit group:

  • The first two digits represent a major division or college headed by the Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, Dean, Vice Provost, or Associate Vice Chancellor level of responsibility.
  • The following two digits represent a department level.
  • The last two digits identify programs within departments.

Each financial transaction is stamped with a Department ID designation. The Department ID designation is assigned to every project and used by other systems for reporting purposes.

Related article:
How do I look up a Department ID (OUC) number?

Updated on September 26, 2022

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