UCSB Ranked A Top Value Public Univer...

UCSB Ranked A Top Value Public University

There are 1 comment on the KEYT story from Jan 3, 2012, titled UCSB Ranked A Top Value Public University. In it, KEYT reports that:

UCSB has been ranked among the nation's Top 100 Best-Value Public Universities by Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine.

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Walnut Creek, CA

#1 Jan 4, 2012
It’s 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 Birgeneau’s failure to arrest escalating costs & tuition/fees. Birgeneau has doubled UC Berkeley (UCB) tuition and fees. On an all in cost, Birgeneau’s 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 Californian’s 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 wouldn’t 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 Birgeneau’s campus police deployed violent baton jabs on students protesting Birgeneau’s increases in tuition. The sky above Cal. will not fall when Robert J. Birgeneau ($450,000 salary) is ousted.

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