UC receives an F for public records transparency in statewide audit
The University of California has flunked a public records response test from an open government group.
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Since: Jan 11
#1 Feb 15, 2011
UC Berkeley receives an "F" for transparency to public records. Want an example? Read on...When UC Berkeley announced its elimination of student sports including baseball, men’s, women’s gymnastics, women’s lacrosse teams and its defunding of the national-champion men’s rugby team, the chancellor sighed,“Sorry, but this was necessary!”
But was it? Yes, the university is in dire financial straits. Yet $3 million was somehow found by Chancellor Robert J Birgeneau ($500,000 salary) to pay the Bain consulting firm to uncover waste, inefficiencies in UC Berkeley (Cal), despite the fact that a prominent East Coast university was accomplishing the same thing without expensive consultants.
Essentially, the process requires collecting, analyzing information from faculty, staff. Apparently, Cal senior management believe that the faculty, staff of their world-class university lacks the cognitive ability, integrity, energy to identify millions in savings. If consultants are necessary, the reason is clear: the chancellor has lost credibility with the people who provided the information to the consultants. Chancellor Robert J Birgeneau has reigned for eight years, during which time the inefficiencies proliferated to $150 million. Even as Bain’s recommendations are implemented (‘They told me to do it’, Birgeneau), credibility, trust, problems remain.
Bain is interviewing faculty, staff, senior management and academic senate leaders to identify $150 million in inefficiencies, most of which could have been found internally. One easy-to-identify problem, for example, was wasteful procurement practices such as failing to secure bulk discounts on printers. But Birgeneau apparently has no concept of savings: even in procuring a consulting firm he failed to receive proposals from other firms.
Students, staff, faculty, California Legislators are the victims of his incompetent decisions. Now that sports teams are feeling the pinch, perhaps the California Alumni, benefactors, donors, will demand to know why Birgeneau is raking in $500,000 a year while abdicating his work responsibilities.
Let there be light for transparency
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 the senior management operates.
PS University of California Berkeley (Cal) ranking drops. In 2004, for example, the London-based Times Higher Education ranked Cal the 2nd leading research university in the world, just behind Harvard; in 2009 that ranking had tumbled to 39th place.
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#2 Feb 15, 2011
TOP 10 FOR 'UC BERKELEY'
WITH MONTHLY PENSION PAYMENT GREATER THAN $10,000.00
Name Monthly Annual
SILVA, PAUL $13,867.48 $166,409.76
HOFFMAN, DARLEANE $13,344.08 $160,128.96
COVINGTON, MARTIN $12,593.10 $151,117.20
MAC, ROBERT $11,686.83 $140,241.96
JENKINS, DAVID $11,548.29 $138,579.48
MAUCHLAN, ERROL $11,292.22 $135,506.64
REYNOLDS, THOMAS $10,500.16 $126,001.92
WIEGEL, ROBERT $10,436.75 $125,241.00
SCHLEGEL, DAVID $10,387.83 $124,653.96
SCHOONOVER, WARREN $10,311.00 $123,732.00
TOP 10 FOR 'UC LAWR BERKLEY'
WITH MONTHLY PENSION PAYMENT GREATER THAN $10,000.00
Name Monthly Annual
SESSLER, ANDREW $14,806.18 $177,674.16
TAYLOR, CLYDE $12,732.47 $152,789.64
JARED, RICHARD $12,647.09 $151,765.08
STEPHENS, FRANK $12,324.35 $147,892.20
COUREY, CHARLES $12,189.76 $146,277.12
VOELKER, FERDINAND $11,782.13 $141,385.56
GOULDING, FREDERICK $11,732.85 $140,794.20
LAMBERTSON, GLEN $11,728.88 $140,746.56
GALTIERI, ANGELA $11,710.81 $140,529.72
CONCUS, PAUL $11,619.34 $139,432.08
#3 Feb 15, 2011
Search the CalPERS $100,000 Pension Club database ...
THE TOP 10 LIST in the state for all agencies.
Name Monthly Annual Employer
MALKENHORST, BRUCE $42,472.05 $509,664.60 VERNON
FUSTER, JOAQUIN $25,207.66 $302,491.92 UC LOS ANGELES
GERTH, DONALD $23,635.76 $283,629.12 CSU SACRAMENTO
GARRETT, WILLIAM $23,191.02 $278,292.24 EL CAJON
STAHL, JAMES $22,587.99 $271,055.88 L A CO SANIT #2
SCHLAG, JOHN $21,725.87 $260,710.44 UC LOS ANGELES
SCHACHTER, JULIUS $21,199.31 $254,391.72 UC SAN FRANCISC
METTE, DONALD $20,083.31 $240,999.72 SACRAMENTO METR
TOONE, ROBERT $19,800.53 $237,606.36 PALMDALE
OKI, DIANNE $19,648.82 $235,785.84 STATE COMP INS
#4 Feb 15, 2011
While I do agree with your seeming major premise - that the expensive taxpayer funded University system should be shut down - I wonder if you couldn't use more clarity in your argumentation?
For example, you state:
"When UC Berkeley announced its elimination of student sports including baseball, men’s, women’s gymnastics, women’s lacrosse teams and its defunding of the national-champion men’s rugby team..."
Shouldn't you make clear that all of these unnecessary non essential activities were funded by hard working overtaxed California taxpayers, and that what was eliminated was merely a drop in the bucket compared to the total cost of maintaining "the system"?
You also say:
"Students, staff, faculty, California Legislators are the victims of his incompetent decisions. Now that sports teams are feeling the pinch, perhaps the California Alumni, benefactors, donors, will demand to know why Birgeneau is raking in $500,000 a year while abdicating his work responsibilities."
What about the overtaxed California taxpayers? Aren't THEY the REAL victims of this outdated University system which was established in better times, and which is no longer appropriate for our current third world State?
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#5 Jul 30, 2011
University of California (UC) tuition, fee increases are an insult. Californians face mortgage defaults, 12% unemployment, pay reductions, loss of unemployment benefits. No layoff or wage reductions for UC Chancellors, Vice Chancellors, Faculty during greatest recession of modern times.
There is no good reason to raise tuition, fees when wage concessions are available. UC wages must reflect California's ability to pay, not what others are paid. If wages better elsewhere, chancellors, vice chancellors, tenured, non tenured faculty, UCOP apply for the positions. If wages determine commitment to UC Berkeley, leave for better paying position. The sky above the 10 campuses will not fall.
Pitch in (with deeds not words) for all California Democrats, Republicans UC!
No furloughs. UCOP 18% reduction salaries & $50 million cut.
Chancellors’ Vice-Chancellors’, 18% cut. Tenured faculty 15% trim.
Non-Tenured, 10% reduction. Academic Senate, Council remove 100% costs salaries.
It is especially galling to continue to generously compensate chancellors, vice-chancellors, faculty while Californians are making financial sacrifices and faculty, chancellor, vice-chancellor turnover is one of the lowest of public universities.
The message that President Yudof, UC Board of Regent Chair Lansing, UC Berkeley Birgeneau are sending is that they have more concern for generously paid chancellors, faculty. The few at the top need to get a grip on economic reality and fairness.
The California Legislature needs a Bill to oversee higher education salaries, tuition.
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