Monday, July 18, 2011

Blue and Gold Hush Money? ...

Update: really good article with comments from Cal and Davis alum Assemblyman Luis Alejo (he graduated from both UC Berkeley and the UC Davis School of Law) and others, here's a sample:
"There is a a wall between the legislature and UC to avoid political interference in education and content, but we have the ultimate power of the purse strings and it's our responsibility to use taxpayer money wisely," Norby said.

some really important quotes etc. in it,read the full article: Alejo 'deeply disappointed' in executive raises: Legislators keeping an eye on UC compensation

but the SF Chron raises this question: "Meanwhile, it's not clear whether UC would have to abide by Yee's bill if it became law because it has constitutional autonomy."

here are some interesting stories:

Lawmakers move to cap CSU executive salaries By Laurel Rosenhall, she includes in her story:
"University of California regents also met this week. They too raised tuition on the same day they gave some executive raises. The UC Student Association issued a statement criticizing the $27,500 raise for Vice President Patrick Lenz. But generally the UC decisions have not sparked the outcry that has ricocheted about CSU.
That may be because two of the executives who got raises this week are paid by UC's hospital system. And Lenz, who is paid by state funds, got a raise of 10 percent."

a really great article: UC Regents Approve 9.6 Percent Tuition Hike - Second Increase in Eight Months; Professors and Lecturers Weigh In By Rebecca Bachman (it includes comments from Prof. Michael Meranze and Bob Samuels)

and then take a look at Daily Cal's coverage, especially watch the second youtube video clip posted of the UC Regents and Administrators Press Conference and listen to Pitts comments in particular... Pitts is referring to Daily Cal editorials on the state cuts --they can be found in the opinion section.

UC considers alternate strategies to handle budget reductions
In the video from Berkeley Patch, History of Art Associate Professor Greg Levine objects, saying, “Many argue that there’s no choice. I’m not so sure that there’s no other alternative." ..."Based on prior tuition increases over the last two years, which have been significant, I’ve had students who have disappeared in the middle of the academic year because they can’t pay for their tuition," he added.

The Disappeared

many with parents able to easily foot the bill or on "the plan" aren't so concerned --so, it seems he might be on to something...

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