USC FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Trojans might spread it out next season
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#1 Oct 22, 2010
This is soooo yesterday Scott...All the other outlets reported this YESTERDAY.
#2 Oct 26, 2010
UC Birkeley did NOT have to cut sports! When UC Berkeley announced its elimination of baseball, menâs and womenâs gymnastics, and womenâs lacrosse teams and its defunding of the national-champion menâs rugby team, the chancellor sighed,âSorry, but this was necessary!â
But was it? Yes, the university is in dire financial straits. Yet $3 million was somehow found to pay the Bain consulting firm to uncover waste and inefficiencies in UC Berkeley, despite the fact that a prominent East Coast university was doing the same thing without consultants.
Essentially, the process requires collecting and analyzing information from faculty and staff. Apparently, senior administrators at UC Berkeley believe that the faculty and staff of their world-class university lack the cognitive ability, integrity, and motivation to identify millions in savings. If consultants are necessary, the reason is clear: the chancellor, provost, and president have lost credibility with the people who provided the information to the consultants. Chancellor Robert J Birgeneau has reigned for eight years, during which time the inefficiencies proliferated. Even as Bainâs recommendations are implemented (âThey told me to do itâ, Birgeneau), credibility and trust problems remain.
Bain is interviewing faculty, staff, senior management and the academic senate leaders for $150 million in inefficiencies, most of which could have been found internally. One easy-to-identify problem, for example, was wasteful procurement practices such as failing to secure bulk discounts on printers. But Birgeneau apparently has no concept of savings: even in procuring a consulting firm, he failed to receive proposals from other firms.
Students, staff, faculty, and California legislators are the victims of his incompetence. Now that sports teams are feeling the pinch, perhaps the California Alumni Association, benefactors and donators, and the UC Board of Regents will demand to know why Birgeneau is raking in $500,000 a year despite the abdication of his responsibilities.
The author, who has 35 yearsâ consulting experience, has taught at University of California Berkeley, where he was able to observe the culture and the way the senior management operates.
#3 Nov 3, 2010
can't wait to see the dragon unleased.in high school spread off the nooooo gb 8-9 in box inexsprience line o not design for his success".now he's part of the show and not the show
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