Monday, January 19, 2015

"The two are also expected to get to the bottom of the individual costs of graduate, undergraduate and research — an analysis already required under a 2013 state law that UC officials have said was too difficult to provide."

that's in this SF Chron - SF Gate: Brown, Napolitano Form Unusual Committee To Study UC Finances

LA Times Opinion piece gets to it, too: The Tangle Behind The UC Funding Spat by Peter Schrag

Beyond the details of the Brown and Napolitano spat, there's a tangle of tougher — and — more fundamental issues. For a couple of decades a retired UC Berkeley physics professor named Charles Schwartz has been generating numbers from UC's own data to show that in fact undergraduate tuition — now roughly $12,000 a year, and slated to exceed $15,500 within four years if the regents' tuition increases stay in place — pays for nearly twice the actual cost of undergraduate instruction. The rest, Schwartz says, subsidizes graduate education and research.

Brostrom says Schwartz's analysis is wrong, but it raised enough questions that in 2013 the Legislature enacted AB 94 requiring the university to, among other things, generate periodic reports and more precise accounting on how it actually spends its money.
When the first deadline came last fall, the university, pleading for more time to generate better numbers, provided no more than a place holder with no real data. UC's information systems, Brostrom said, are “very complicated.” Still, in an interview with me he promised a new report within a couple of weeks.

In fact, UC doesn't know exactly how it spends its money — and maybe it honestly can't know.


ABC News with AP piece: Governor, UC president to study university finances together
They settled on informal committee structure "that will facilitate a robust exchange of ideas between the two of them, informed by reports and testimony from external and internal experts and stakeholders, including UC faculty and students," Montiel said.

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