Thursday, May 25, 2017

"Never mind that feeding students with one hand and then slapping them with a fee increase with the other is "...

"Too many UC administrators make more than the governor"

..."Over the past five years, the number of UC administrators earning salaries in excess of $174,000 a year has nearly doubled — from 5,931 employees to 9,640. Today, there are 712 UC administrators, excluding faculty and physicians, who earn more than $190,103 — the salary we pay the governor.

This salary ballooning is even happening in the middle ranks, where a “director” of one department is suddenly named “executive director.” The inflated title comes with a substantial pay raise and the help of an “assistant director” making his or her own inflated salary.

During the great recession, after tuition was raised by 32 percent, low-wage workers were furloughed or fired and student admissions cut. But UC officials quietly handed out $100,000 pay raises to select administrators.

Unfortunately, UC is at it again, this time with a fall tuition increase that will raise another $143 million from students.

It seems UC President Janet Napolitano has forgotten her own words. In one of her first speeches as president, she told the Commonwealth Club of California in 2013 that she would “stay constantly on the prowl” for savings.

Now we learn from a state audit that the UC Office of the President has managed to secretly squirrel away $175 million in funds, much of it collected from fees assessed each of the 10 campuses. Only when pressed by The Chronicle did the office inform the public that the money is divided into separate pots — even one for food pantries to feed hungry students.

Never mind that feeding students with one hand and then slapping them with a fee increase with the other is "...
"To rein in the excessive spending and administrative inflation, I am authoring State Constitutional Amendment 13, a bill that will amend the state Constitution and force a recalcitrant UC to stick to a new budgetary constraint: No tuition increases can be implemented if the number of administrators making a salary above that paid to the governor exceeds 600. Right now, UC has 112 well-paid administrators beyond that ceiling."


The lack of serious questions from UC Regents to UCOP in open session on the 'whys,and how ' (like why did UCoP only offer that list of UC initiatives at the Sacramento hearing in April 2017 when the audit was approved last Spring 2016 and UCOP had from March- correction actual approval occurred in August 2016 to September 2016 before the launch of audit started to put it together, and UCOP had even all thru the active audit period to offer it, and UCOP also had even after the audit when response period from UC to CSA could have occurred prior to the audit being made public???) Why is the list only offered in a rush in Sacramento in late April 2017?! And why were the regents and UCOP self congratulating over their having spent from March5-15, 2017 finally working on those numbers?! why was that?)

seem to be exacting a toll of as yet unknown proportion:

An Editorial Board writes:
"Subpoena needed on UC financial deception"


Also see this new report out:

Full report:

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