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UC salaries: 3,650 earn more than $200,000

There are 4 comments on the Hollister Free Lance story from Dec 3, 2009, titled UC salaries: 3,650 earn more than $200,000. In it, Hollister Free Lance reports that:

By Fermin Leal, McClatchy News Service About 3,650 people in the University of California system earned more than $200,000 each in 2008, while overall salaries grew by 17 percent since 2006, according to new figures provided by the UC Office of the President.

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Irvine, CA

#1 Dec 3, 2009
The fact that so many make so much in the face of raising tuition costs is a shame yes, but on the other hand, these people are supposedly the top of their field. You want quality education, you pay for it.
No, the biggest shame the UC system allows are for people to retire, take full retirement, and ALSO come back and take a second position at full pay. "Double Dippers" they are known as by the rank and file... and only a few elite favored employees are granted such a benefit. Check out the vice chancellor for space management.
Dan Martinez

Long Beach, CA

#2 Dec 4, 2009
Students don't matter in our State. Only Unions and politicians matter.

We are the stupidest, cruelest, most self loathing citizen population in America to have let the Devils Partnership between the Democrats and the Unoins decimate our own childrens future.

Walnut Creek, CA

#3 Dec 4, 2009
UC Layoffs, Furloughs Budget Cuts:$ 3 Million Extravagant Spending by Yudof/Birgeneau for Consultants - Work Can Be Done Internally.
Save $3,000,000 for teaching students. Do the work internally with the resources of the UCB Academic Senate Leadership (C. Kutz/ F. Doyle), the world – class UCB faculty and staff, & UCB Chancellor’s stable of blotted staff (G. Breslauer, N. Brostrom, F. Yeary, P. Hoffman, C. Holmes etc) & President Yudof.
President Yudof has a UCB Chancellor that should do the high paid work he is paid for instead of hiring an East Coast consulting firm to do the work of his job.‘World class’ smart executives like Chancellor Birgeneau need to do the analysis, hard work and make the difficult tough decisions to identify inefficiencies!
Where do consulting firms like Bain ($3,000,000 consultants) get their recommendations?
From interviewing the senior management that hired them and will be approving their monthly consultant fees and expense reports. Remember the nationally known auditing firm who said the right things and submitted recommendations that senior management wanted to hear and fooled government oversight agencies and the public? Impartial consultants never bite the hands(Birgeneau/Yeary) that feed them.
Mr. Birgeneau's performance management work accountabilities include "inspiring innovation and leading change." This involves "defining outcomes, energizing others at all levels and ensuring continuing commitment." Instead of demonstrating his leadership by fulfill the senior management work of his job, Mr. Birgeneau outsourced them. Doesn't he engage University of California and University of California Berkeley (UCB) people at all levels to help examine the budget and recommend the necessary $150 million trims? Hasn't he talked to Cornell and the University of North Carolina - which also hired Bain -- about best practices and recommendations that might apply to UCB cuts?
No wonder the faculty, staff, Senate & Assembly and Californians are angry and suspicious. Three million dollars is a high price for students and Californians to pay when a knowledgeable ‘world-class’ UCB Chancellor and his bloated staff are not doing the work of their jobs.

Walnut Creek, CA

#4 May 11, 2010
UCB Chancellor Birgeneau Loss of Credibility, Trust
The UCB budget gap has grown to $150 million, and still the Chancellor is spending money that isn't there on expensive outside consultants. His reasons range from the need for impartiality to requiring the "innovative thinking, expertise, and new knowledge" the consultants would bring.

Does this mean that the faculty and management of a world-class research and teaching institution lack the knowledge, impartiality, innovation, and professionalism to come up with solutions? Have they been fudging their research for years? The consultants will glean their recommendations from interviewing faculty and the UCB management that hired them; yet solutions could be found internally if the Chancellor were doing the job HE was hired to do. Consultant fees would be far better spent on meeting the needs of students.

There can be only one conclusion as to why creative solutions have not been forthcoming from the professionals within UCB: Chancellor Birgeneau has lost credibility and the trust of the faculty as well as of the Academic Senate leadership that represents them. Even if the faculty agrees with the consultants' recommendations - disagreeing might put their jobs in jeopardy - the underlying problem of lost credibility and trust will remain.

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