State office proposes changes for UC
With an already existing drop in state funding that has led to increased student tuition for state universities, the state Legislative Analyst's Office released a report April 14 proposing that faculty be less involved in research and that UC tuition rise by 7 percent.
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#1 Apr 18, 2011
(The author who has 35 yearsí consulting experience, has taught at University of California Berkeley, where he was able to observe the culture & the way senior management work)
Cal. Chancellorís gross overspending, poor decisions: pays ex Michigan governor $300,000 for lectures; recruits out of state $50,000 tuition students that displace qualified Californians; Latino enrollment drops while out of state jumps 2010; tuition to Return on Investment (ROI) drops below top 10; NCAA places basketball program on probation.
Chancellor Birgeneauís ($500,000 salary) fiscal track record is dismal indeed. He would like to blame the politicians, since they stopped giving him every dollar asked for, & 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 & 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 timid regents would agree to it, and the legislature would provide. The hard questions were avoided by all concerned, & the problems just piled up to $150 million of inefficienciesÖ.until there was no money left.
Itís not that Birgeneau was unaware that there were, in fact, waste & inefficiencies during his 8 year reign. Faculty & staff raised issues with Birgeneau & Breslauer ($400,000 salary), but when they failed to see relevant action taken, they stopped. Finally, Birgeneau engaged some expensive ($3,000,000) consultants to tell him & the Provost what they should have known as leaders or been able to find out from the bright, engaged people.(Prominent east-coast University accomplishing same at 0 costs)
Cal. has been badly damaged. Good people are loosing their jobs. Calís 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 Calís budget is not enough. Take aim at the real source of Calís fiscal, & leadership crisis; honorably retire Chancellor Birgeneau, Provost Breslauer.
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