Newsy coverage on UC Budget Crises

It’s important to analyze the way news agencies frame the issue of funding for higher education. This organization attempts so show different perspectives on the issue.

UC Protests Cast Light on Higher Education’s Financial Woes

Some critical questions: Is it fair to compare budget strategies between a public university (the UC) to a private university (Standford)? Why isn’t making the state reinvest in education one of the mentioned strategies for saving higher public education? Why is the issue of funding higher education framed as a consequence of the recession rather than a mismanagement of state revenue and priority and when tuition has increased at state schools even during times of economic stability? Why is there no reporting on state and federal budget trends when it comes to funding public education?

Questions such as these need to be asked when reading to listening to different perspectives on issues that affect us.

And a reminder, UCI students come out to the events this week! Today the rally hosted by MSU (Muslim Student Union) at noon featured Amir Abdel Malik Ali, an influential public speaker who gave an inspiring speech calling on students to organize, and at 6:30 pm we also held the Budget Write-In where attendees wrote legislators asking to reinvest in higher education.


One response to “Newsy coverage on UC Budget Crises

  1. Doye O Sivils

    Threats to University of California Funding Don’t Come From the Outside – $3 Million Spending by UC President Yudof for University of California Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau to Hire Consultants When Work Can Be Done Internally, Impartially & Professionally.
    During the days of the Great Recession, every dollar in higher education counts. Contact Chairwoman Budget Sub-committee on Education Finance Assemblywoman Carter 916.319.2062 – tell her to stop the $3,000,000 spending by Birgeneau on consultants.
    Do the work internally at no additional costs with UCB Academic Senate Leadership (C. L. Kutz, F. A. Doyle), the world – class professional UCB faculty/ staff, & the UCB Chancellor’s bloated staff (G. W. Breslauer, N. Brostrom, F. Yeary, P. Hoffman, C. Holmes etc) & President Yudof.
    President Yudof’s UCB Chancellor should do the high paid work he is paid for instead of hiring expensive East Coast consults to do the work of his job. ‘World class’ smart executives like Chancellor Birgeneau need to do the hard work analysis, and make the tough-minded difficult, decisions to identify inefficiencies.
    Where do the $3,000,000 consultants get their recommendations?
    From interviewing the UCB senior management that hired them and approves their monthly consultant fees and expense reports. Remember the nationally known auditing firm who said the right things and submitted recommendations that senior management wanted to hear and fooled the public, state, federal agencies?
    $3 million impartial consultants never bite the hands (Chancellor Birgeneau/ Chancellor Yeary) that feed them!
    Mr. Birgeneau’s accountabilities include “inspiring innovation, leading change.” Instead of deploying his leadership and setting a good example by doing the work of his Chancellor’s job, Birgeneau outsourced his work to the $3,000,000 consultants. Doesn’t he engage UC and UC Berkeley people at all levels to examine inefficiencies and recommend $150 million of trims? Hasn’t he talked to Cornell and the University of North Carolina – which also hired the consultants — about best practices and recommendations that eliminate inefficiencies?
    No wonder the faculty, staff, students, Senate & Assembly are angry and suspicious.
    In today’s Great Recession three million dollars is a irresponsible price to pay when a knowledgeable ‘world-class’ UCB Chancellor and his bloated staff do not do the work of their jobs.
    Pick up the phone and call: save $3 million for students!

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