Wednesday, May 28, 2014

"Trustees and regents are appointed by the governor and, usually, rubber-stamped in Senate confirmation hearings. Nominees are usually campaign donors – a pay-to-play scenario. This should stop."

written by a former CA pol: Gloria Romero: University executive pay requires scrutiny


California can benefit from a refocus on executive compensation practices, given these findings. Trustees and regents are appointed by the governor and, usually, rubber-stamped in Senate confirmation hearings. Nominees are usually campaign donors – a pay-to-play scenario. This should stop.
Boards often defend generous compensation practices by arguing “fair market value.” That’s bunk. This isn’t a public jobs program; if they think they’re worth it, let them enter the private sector. Already, the new heads of both the UC and CSU systems have acknowledged the need to re-examine these policies, but far more needs to be done.

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a student op ed on: The Silent Infiltration of Privatization

As a high school student, it is my dream to attend UC Berkeley because it delivers world-class higher education for the price of a public school and shapes future activists. Recent attempts to change Berkeley, however, are undermining Berkeley’s reputation as a progressive place.

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