Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Napolitano on Master Plan, NCAA, Tuition and other things

LAT: Janet Napolitano, UC's flak catcher, on admissions policy, tuition hikes and more

it includes:

Question But shouldn't California students have first shot at the campus they want? You can't be arguing that a UC Merced degree means as much out in the world as a Berkeley degree?

I would differ with that. It depends on where in the world you are and what field you're in. In most states each [UC campus] would be the flagship university.
Question What drives tuition hikes? Labor costs? More people wanting college educations?

The faculty and a large part of the staff got no raises for a period of years, and when they did, it was 1% or 2%. The labor market for a university is different from the labor market for a Circle K. We're the No. 1 public research university in the world. To retain that excellence, you have to have the faculty, the scholars, the researchers, the facilities, the laboratories to support them.
At the university, there's a sense of forward motion and mission. Instead of waking up every day and wondering a) about the safety of the country and b) what's the next congressional oversight committee that wants to meddle in my business at the Department of Homeland Security, now I wake up thinking, what are we doing to forward the education and research mission of this university?
I'm not a chancellor; I do all these other things to empower and support them. In this day and age, somebody who could come in with a skill-set like I have is almost better positioned to do this job — not the chancellor job but this job.
What about the movement to unionize student athletes?
Some NCAA rules look kind of nutty, so I do think it's time for the NCAA to look at itself, but I think a union's not the way to go.

read the full interview here.

and SF Chronicle has an op ed, excerpt here:
The University of California is hundreds of millions of dollars in debt, and administrators have been scrambling to find ways to pay it back. As state funding decreased over the years, we saw a requisite rise in out-of-state admissions. According to a recent report released by the California Budget Project, public higher education is still 25 percent underfunded compared with levels experienced before 2008. Campus administrators asked the governor for a 10 percent funding increase so that they can begin to close the budget gap, but they have only received about 5 percent. Subsequently, the UC regents recently signaled for yet another tuition increase despite promises made under Proposition 30.

As a transfer student studying at UC Berkeley, I greatly appreciate the diversity and differing perspectives out-of-state and international students bring to our campus community. Without a healthy number of out-of-state students, our university system would not be the institution it is today. Like any in-state student, out-of-state students should have the opportunity to study here. However, out-of-state students should never be given priority because they pay $26,000 a year more in fees than their in-state counterparts.

The children whose parents live in California, pay taxes in California and vote on education-related initiatives must get priority. The state of California cannot turn its back on the people who politically participate and pay into the education system by allowing out-of-state students to move to the head of the line. This is not fair, it is not right, and it certainly should not be considered by lawmakers and university administrators as a viable way to fund our colleges.

But we cannot simply throw more money at the problem, either. The solution must be more strategic and address rising costs at our public universities.

read it in full here
Napolitano felt fine to accept awards in Pennsylvania earlier this month-(and Napolitano wrote a piece on women and men and leadership that was carried by a Pennsylvania paper not California)
- but she wonders why do they need to study CA higher ed master plan?:
University of California President Janet Napolitano says she hasn’t read the report and questions why another state is studying California. But she says her organization, the California State system and the community college system are already working to improve.

“We know that we can do more to make sure that higher education, as envisioned in the Master Plan, is strengthened and available in California and that it is essential for California to thrive,” she says.

see: California University Leaders Dismiss Report that University System Failing (note: there is audio to play within the story as well)

1 comment:

  1. The *cost* of UC education has not been going up, just the *price* as the state subsidy that kept the price below cost has been gradually eliminated. See