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#1 Apr 13, 2011
University of California Berkeley Chancellor Robert J Birgeneau and Provost George W Breslauer must go: the longer such reforms delayed, the more drastic the changes will be.
(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. Chancellor pays ex Michigan governor $300,000 for lectures; Cal. tuition to Return on Investment (ROI) drops below top 10; NCAA places Cal. mens basketball program on probation; Cal. Chancellor recruits out of state $50,000 tuition students that displace qualified Californians.
Chancellor Robert J Birgeneaus ($500,000 salary) eight-year fiscal track record is dismal indeed. He would like to blame the politicians, since they stopped giving him every dollar 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 and then crafting a plan to fix them. Able oversight by the UC Board of Regents and the legislature would have required him to provide data on inefficiencies and on what steps he was taking to solve them during his 8 year reign. 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.
Its not that Birgeneau was unaware that there were, in fact, waste and inefficiencies. Faculty and staff raised issues with Birgeneau and Provost George W Breslauer ($400,000 salary), but when they failed to see relevant action taken, they stopped. Finally, Birgeneau engaged some expensive ($3,000,000) consultants (fiscal waste) to tell him and the Provost what they should have known as leaders or been able to find out from the bright, engaged Cal. people.(Prominent east coast University accomplishing same without consultants)
Cal. has been badly damaged. Good people are loosing their jobs. Cals leadership is either incompetent or culpable. Merely cutting out inefficiencies does not have the effect desired. But you never want a crisis to go to waste.
Increasing Cals budget is not enough. Take aim at the real source of Cals fiscal, and leadership crisis; honorably retire Chancellor Birgeneau and Provost Breslauer.
#2 Apr 13, 2011
World class preeminent public research and teaching University of California Berkeley (Cal) ranking drops. In 2004 the London-based Times Higher Education ranked Cal the 2nd leading research university in the world, just behind Harvard; in 2009 that ranking tumbled to 39th. By 2011 Cal had not returned to 2nd place. Cal below top ten in tuition to Return on Investment (ROI)
UC Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau, UC President Yudof, UC Board of Regents Chairman Gould, Senator Mark Desaulnier,Senator Mark Leno, California Governor Brown, California Senator Liu
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