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Accepted at UC Berkeley, student and her family get reprieve from deportation to Peru

There are 2 comments on the Ledger Dispatch story from Jan 7, 2011, titled Accepted at UC Berkeley, student and her family get reprieve from deportation to Peru. In it, Ledger Dispatch reports that:

In San Francisco, Calif., on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, Gloria Del Castillo, left, a priest at the Episcopal Church of St.

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Since: Jan 11

Walnut Creek, CA

#1 Jan 8, 2011
University of California, Berkeley. Wasteful contracts and fiscal irresponsibility threaten Chancellors 8 year reign.

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.)

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Since: Jan 11

Walnut Creek, CA

#2 Jan 14, 2011
Can University of California be saved from Chancellor Birgeneau ($500,000 salary)?
UC adamantly rejects Calif. Gov. Brown’s Budget.
Deeds speak louder than words.
Gov. inauguration $100,000.
UC Chancellor Birgeneau $3,000,000 for consultants to do WORK of his job & of his MANY vice-chancellors
Take that Gov!…says UC Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau’s action
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