A statewide conversation: Student fees in higher education

Students, please participate!

At 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 23, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg will webcast a live discussion with student leaders from UC, CSU and California’s community colleges to students across the state.

Reid Milburn, President, Student Senate for California Community Colleges
Roberto C. Torres, President, Associated Students, Inc., CSU Sacramento
Victor Sanchez, External Vice Chair, Student Union Assembly, UC Santa Cruz

This webcast will include pre-taped “day-in-the-life” segments about the impact of fee increases on the lives of students, discussion between Senator Steinberg and the student leaders, as well as answers from panelists to questions submitted from statewide participants via email.

To sign-up for the webcast, submit a question for the discussion, or share your story about how fee increases have affected your time as a student, please visit http://senweb03.sen.ca.gov/focus/townhall/sd06/highered/


One response to “A statewide conversation: Student fees in higher education

  1. Return $3,000,000 in consultant fees at UCB to students as work of the consultants can be done by Chancellor Birgeneau and his senior management and internally andimpartially.Current Threats to University of California Don’t Come From the Outside – $3 Million Extravagant Spending by UC President Yudof for University of California Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau to Hire Consultants – When Work Can Be Done Internally & Impartially
    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. Kutz/F. Doyle), the world – class professional UCB faculty/ staff, & the UCB Chancellor’s bloated staff (G. 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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