Pell Grant proposal would affect over...

Pell Grant proposal would affect over 40 percent of UC students

There are 2 comments on the The Daily Californian - News Headlines story from Apr 9, 2011, titled Pell Grant proposal would affect over 40 percent of UC students. In it, The Daily Californian - News Headlines reports that:

If a Republican proposal to cut federal Pell Grant funding by billions of dollars passes in the U.S. Senate Friday, the more than 40 percent of UC students who depend on the program to finance their education will receive significantly less in financial aid next year.

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University of California

Walnut Creek, CA

#1 Apr 10, 2011
University of California Berkeley Chancellor Robert J Birgeneau and Provost Breslauer need to go.
(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.) Recently: Chancellor pays ex Michigan governor $300,000 for lectures; NCAA places men’s basketball program on probation

Chancellor Robert J Birgeneau’s ($500,000 salary) eight-year fiscal track record is dismal indeed. He would like to blame the politicians, since they stopped giving him every dollar 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 and 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 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. Faculty and staff raised issues with Birgeneau and Provost 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 and Provost Breslauer what they should have known as leaders or been able to find out from the bright, engaged Cal. people.(A prominent east coast university is accomplishing the same without consultants)

But you never want a crisis to go to waste. Merely cutting out inefficiencies does not have the effect desired. Cal has been badly damaged. Good people are loosing their jobs. Cal’s leadership is either incompetent or culpable.

Increasing the budget is not enough. Take aim at the real source of Cal’s crisis by honorably retiring Chancellor Birgeneau and Provost Breslauer.

We heartily agree.
Roger Charles Courtney

Puryear, TN

#2 Apr 10, 2011
How's that Hope and Change working out for you folks of California. Senator Obama promised as much as he ran for president, and convinced many people to vote for him. I get the sneaking suspicion that some of you 'kool aid' drinkers are having buyers remorse.

Kind of reminds me of Maxine Waters in Southen CA having a rally at Jesse Owens Park in her area to protest bank forclosures. It would appear to me that she and her protestors should be demonstrating in front of the offices of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

More Hope and Change. I really didn't want to leave the state of my birth when I did in 2006, however, as it slides into the ocean, I'm glad I left when I did. Just leave.

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