The college transfer squeeze

The college transfer squeeze

There are 3 comments on the The Daily Breeze story from Dec 26, 2010, titled The college transfer squeeze. In it, The Daily Breeze reports that:

Gerson Monzon was a marginal student at Narbonne High School, but his get-serious push at El Camino College helped him win admission to UCLA even as competition intensified for students hoping to transfer to the top-choice campus.

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Salvador lepe

North Hollywood, CA

#1 Dec 30, 2010
Cochinero ya mr vieran a mi haha
Los mas buscados no se confunda
Gabriel campos

North Hollywood, CA

#2 Dec 30, 2010
Chingaderitas primo hha
I wanna go to collesge butt I work en chuckie chese

Walnut Creek, CA

#3 Dec 31, 2010
Here's how a $500,000 salaried public employee at University of California is spending money that was for students and faculty at University of California. Speak your mind! University of California Chancellor Robert J Birgeneau’s eight-year fiscal track record is dismal indeed. He would like to blame the politicians, since they stopped giving him every dollar he has asked for, and the state legislators do share some responsibility for the financial crisis. But not in the sense he means.

A competent chancellor would have been on top of identifying inefficiencies in the system and then crafting a plan to fix them. Competent oversight by the Board of Regents and the legislature would have required him to provide data on problems and on what steps he was taking to solve them. Instead, every year Birgeneau would request a budget increase, the regents would agree to it, and the legislature would provide. The hard questions were avoided by all concerned, and the problems just piled up to $150 million of inefficiencies….until there was no money left.

It’s not that Birgeneau was unaware that there were, in fact, waste and inefficiencies in the system. Faculty and staff have raised issues with senior management, but when they failed to see relevant action taken, they stopped. Finally, Birgeneau engaged some expensive ($3 million) consultants, Bain & Company, to tell him what he should have been able to find out from the bright, engaged people in his own organization.

In short, there is plenty of blame to go around. Merely cutting out inefficiencies will not have the effect desired. But you never want a serious crisis to go to waste. An opportunity now exists for the UC President, Board of Regents, and California Legislators to jolt UC Berkeley back to life, applying some simple oversight check-and-balance management principles. Increasing the budget is not enough; transforming senior management is necessary. The faculty, Academic Senate, Cal. Alumni, financial donors, benefactors await the transformation of senior management.
The author, who has 35 years’ consulting experience, has taught at University of California Berkeley, where he was able to observe the culture and the way senior management work.

(Cal ranking tumbles from 2nd best. The reality of University of California Berkeley’s (UC Berkeley) relative decline are clear. In 2004, for example, the London-based Times Higher Education ranked UC Berkeley the second leading research university in the world, just behind Harvard; in 2009 that ranking had tumbled to 39th place.)

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