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#1 Jan 4, 2012
Itís Time UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau Put California Student Needs First: Reign in inefficiencies. I love University of California having been a student & lecturer. Like so many I am disappointed by Birgeneauís failure to arrest escalating costs & tuition/fees. Birgeneau has doubled UC Berkeley (UCB) tuition and fees. On an all in cost, Birgeneauís molded UCB into the most expensive public university. Faculty salaries must reflect California's ability to pay, not what others are paid. Instate tuition consumes 14% of a Californianís median family income.
Paying more is not a better university. UC Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau dismissed removing many inefficiencies. Birgeneau ($450,000 salary) did not require faculty teaching more classes, doubling the time between sabbaticals, freezing vacant faculty positions, increasing class size, freezing pay, benefits & reforming pensions, health costs.
Birgeneau said removing such inefficiencies and cost savings wouldnít be healthy. Exodus of faculty, administrators: who can afford them?
Californians agree it is far from the ideal situation. Birgeneau cannot expect to do business as usual: raising tuition/fees; granting pay raises & huge bonuses during a weak economy that has sapped state revenues, individual income.
More recently, Chancellor Birgeneauís campus police deployed violent baton jabs on students protesting Birgeneauís increases in tuition. The sky above Cal. will not fall when Robert J. Birgeneau ($450,000 salary) is ousted.
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