Tuesday, January 22, 2013

It's Complicated

Daily Cal has a take on the Yudof legacy
in part: Given the obstacles he faced, Yudof — who will step down in August — managed the university well, though he left much to be desired. While critics decry the near doubling of tuition since he became president, it is unfair to evaluate him simply based on that standard, as factors such as depleting state funds are out of his control.

That being said, due to rising tuition, many qualified students can no longer afford to attend a UC campus. For those who can, the burden has become much heavier than it was when Yudof took over. And campuses’ shift toward admitting more out-of-state students threatens the university’s obligation to serve California residents. Though these are difficult areas for Yudof to impact, his position at the helm of the university means he must be held accountable for its actions.

Now, Yudof leaves the university at its most optimistic moment in recent years. Voters approved Proposition 30, saving the UC and CSU systems from severe funding cuts, and the state appears to finally be able to reinvest in higher education, albeit at less-than-perfect levels. For Yudof, a shift in the state’s dismal behavior signifies that the turbulent period that defined his presidency may be over. It also presents an opportunity for a new leader to reverse some of the damage that has been done over the last four years.

they also have a more thorough review of the Governor's moves on the budget as it relates to UC
here's another flashback/mashup:
Statement from UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert M. Berdahl on the appointment of UC San Diego Chancellor Robert C. Dynes as the 18th president of the University of California system
from 11 June 2003
"This is a great appointment. Bob Dynes really understands the University of California. I've worked with him, I know him well, and I respect him enormously. I think the most important factor, for all of the UC campuses, is that Bob Dynes is a person absolutely committed to maintaining excellence at the University of California.

"He has been a chancellor within the system who knows and respects the importance of allowing campuses a high degree of autonomy. He is a distinguished scientist who commands respect of everyone who knows him. He is well known in Washington, D.C. and is very familiar with the work of the national laboratories, which is crucial for the next president.

"I couldn't be happier at this appointment."

- Robert M. Berdahl
and this previous UC press release

Dynes was selected from a national pool of more than 300 candidates. The recommendation was made by a Regental selection committee that was assisted by advisory committees of faculty, staff, students and alumni.

"Bob Dynes is an outstanding individual who will provide superb leadership to maintain the quality and accessibility of the University of California," said John J. Moores, chairman of the Board of Regents. "He brings the perfect mix of skills and experiences to tackle this demanding job. I appreciate the input of all who participated in the selection process, and I am particularly grateful to the faculty for the important role they played in our deliberations."

from UCSD Guardian
""I view my role as informing and educating the governor and the state legislature,"" Dynes said. ""The lows are difficult times, which are going on now.""

However, having experienced multiple economic cycles throughout his life, Dynes remains optimistic about the future.

""You come out stronger at the other end of a budget crisis and well prepared too,"" Dynes said. ""We will go through the pain, but we will come out stronger at the end.""

According to UC Office of the President spokesperson Michael Reese, there are other issues in addition to dealing with the budget that the UCOP plan on addressing in the coming years with Dynes as president.

""The three biggest issues will be dealing with the ongoing state budget crises, meeting the challenges of rapid enrollment growth at a time of diminishing state resources and maintaining the quality of UC's teaching and research missions,"" Reese said
Dynes will succeed Richard C. Atkinson, who is also a former UCSD chancellor, after his service of eight years in office.

and this happened in the Fall with another UCSD Richard-this time Atkinson- and from Calgary, not Ontario-in case you missed it:
From his years at the National Science Foundation to his leadership at the University of California, Richard has redefined the relationship between academia and industry, reshaped the field of university administration and helped revolutionize scholarly disciplines ranging from experimental psychology to applied mathematics,” said President Yudof upon bestowing the medal on Aug. 27. “He successfully realized this university’s three-part mission of high-quality academics, full-throated access and unprecedented public service to its greatest extent. San Diego, California and the United States have all been the better for it.”

Atkinson established the Presidential Medal in 1997 as a way to recognize extraordinary contributions to the University of California or the community of learning. The medal is the highest honor UC’s president can bestow.

and now Yudof heads to Cal where the student newspaper writes how complicated legacy is given how the budget and legislative relationships are b/ween UC and the state- and how that put a spin of unexpected for Yudof- cuz, no one could have seen it coming, least of all an expert in higher ed...

and the Daily Cal also has this: UC Funding Fight Continues
are the times different? or, is it same as it ever was?

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