Thursday, May 11, 2017

"Gov. Brown on withholding some funds from UC: "I put the $50 million (hold) in there so we can hold their feet to the fire."

That's a tweet today from Sacramento LAT news

See:Gov. Jerry Brown's budget holds back $50 million from UC to 'hold their feet to the fire' on reform


"Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised budget holds back $50 million from the University of California until it adopts reforms recommended by a scathing state audit that found the system has tens of millions of dollars in undisclosed reserves and paid excessive salaries to administrators.

“I put the $50 million in there so we can hold their feet to the fire,” Brown told reporters in announcing the May revision to his annual budget. “That’s the way we will reinforce the audit. They have to make some reports and create some transparency, and we will keep the money until they perform to the auditor’s satisfaction.”

Brown stopped short of calling for the resignation of UC President Janet Napolitano when asked about it by a reporter.

“I’m not in the business of opining on my colleagues,” Brown said. “Most people think she’s doing a pretty good job. That’s certainly the view of the regents and I think a lot of others. I have my issues with the university. I think their salaries are way too high, especially the administrators.”"


And :"California Today: A Cloud Over the University of California
The New York Times

"But many faculty members have had another reaction: no big surprise.

“It would be nice if anyone were surprised — but nobody is,” said Eyal Amiran, a professor of comparative literature at the University of California, Irvine.

Faculty leaders say cynicism has crept into their ranks for years, a result of painful funding cuts by the state, profligate manager salaries, and a sense that their voices are being increasingly sidelined in university governance."
"Some faculty leaders have argued that campus administrators have been cowed by the president’s office, which oversees the system’s $31.5 billion budget.

In an essay on the recent turmoil, Christopher Newfield, a professor of American culture at the U.C. Santa Barbara, wrote in part, “Much if not most of U.C. has become a culture of silence, of conformity.”

Dianne Klein, a spokeswoman for Ms. Napolitano, rejected the characterization. “Under this president has there been more of a move to centralize? Yes, that’s true,” she said.

But, she added, chancellors have not been shy in offering opposing views to Ms. Napolitano.

“I really do not believe that there’s this clicking of the heels and saluting when Janet Napolitano walks in,” she said."

also see immediate last post for other updates, like the one on Rendon-- and the info on today's UC Regents meeting etc.


You can toggle to archive of today's meeting here:

Some coverage:

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