UCSC receives record number of applic...

UCSC receives record number of applications

There are 5 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Jan 15, 2011, titled UCSC receives record number of applications. In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

UC Santa Cruz has received more applications for fall enrollment than in any previous year.

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Since: Jan 11

Lahaina, HI

#1 Jan 17, 2011
University of California Chancellor Robert J Birgeneau’s eight-year fiscal track record is dismal indeed. He would like to blame the politicians, since they stopped giving him every dollar he has 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 in the system and then crafting a plan to fix them. Competent oversight by the Board of Regents and the legislature would have required him to provide data on problems and on what steps he was taking to solve them. 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.

It’s not that Birgeneau was unaware that there were, in fact, waste and inefficiencies in the system. Faculty and staff have raised issues with senior management, but when they failed to see relevant action taken, they stopped. Finally, Birgeneau engaged some expensive ($3 million) consultants, Bain & Company, to tell him what he should have been able to find out from the bright, engaged people in his own organization.

In short, there is plenty of blame to go around. Merely cutting out inefficiencies will not have the effect desired. But you never want a serious crisis to go to waste. An opportunity now exists for the UC President, Board of Regents, and California Legislators to jolt UC Berkeley back to life, applying some simple oversight check-and-balance management principles. Increasing the budget is not enough; transforming senior management is necessary. The faculty, Academic Senate, Cal. Alumni, financial donors, benefactors await the transformation of senior management.
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 (UC Berkeley) ranking tumbles from 2nd best. The reality of University of California Berkeley’s (UC Berkeley) relative decline are clear. In 2004, for example, the London-based Times Higher Education ranked UC Berkeley the second leading research university in the world, just behind Harvard; in 2009 that ranking had tumbled to 39th place.)

University of California,Berkeley.
GOP420

Santa Cruz, CA

#2 Jan 18, 2011
they can help pay there tuition-working on the crews tearing out the choo choo tracks.......
b40roller

Aptos, CA

#3 Jan 18, 2011
GOP420 wrote:
they can help pay there tuition-working on the crews tearing out the choo choo tracks.......
Ha good one bro. I love it here. Meanwhile the regular Sentinel readers get NO comment system cause DISQUS[st] failed hard. Again.

TOPIX FTW
just sayin

Portland, OR

#4 Jan 19, 2011
GOP420 wrote:
they can help pay there tuition-working on the crews tearing out the choo choo tracks.......
Maybe if you had gone to school, you would know how to spell their.
but I like my flag

Hilmar, CA

#5 Jan 20, 2011
b40roller wrote:
<quoted text>
Ha good one bro. I love it here. Meanwhile the regular Sentinel readers get NO comment system cause DISQUS[st] failed hard. Again.
TOPIX FTW
It ain't like TOPIX system format was broken to begin with!

Yet, the current status quo must find tender relief in believing that the public is unaware of what public opinion might be.

The UC system is a joke, and has become a nanny empire agency for adults. The liberals have completely infested the facility to the extent that their graduates are unemployable.

The UC regents freeload off the tax base fromboth city and county general funds, deplete Redevelopment monies for their exclusive campaigns, and are simply, unsustainable.

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