Who pays and who benefits?


The Critical Theory Emphasis, Radical Students Union, and Resist! UCI present Robert Meister, Professor of Politics and Social Thought, University of California, Santa Cruz: “Who Pays and Who Benefits? Higher Education and Taxation as Drivers of Equality and Growth”

Date:
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Time:
3:00pm – 4:30pm
Location:
Humanities Gateway 1010, UC Irvine

Robert Meister is the author of Political Identity: Thinking Through Marx (Blackwell, 1991) and After Evil: Human Rights Discourse in the Twenty-first Century (Columbia UP, forthcoming), as well as many articles on political philosophy, the problem of human rights, and comparative contexts of reparation and reconciliation after violence. His work has appeared in such journals as Social Text; Political Theory; Postmodern Culture; and Ethics and International Affairs. He is Director of the Rethinking Capitalism Initiative at UCSC and President of the Council of UC Faculty Relations.

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One response to “Who pays and who benefits?

  1. Save UCB students $3,000,000 by Chancellor Birgeneau and his senior management doing the work of the consultants or doing the work internally and impartially. 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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