UC Regents to Discuss Funding Proposal

via Daily Nexus

by Katherine Friedman

May 19, 2010

The University of California Board of Regents will meet at UC San Francisco today and tomorrow to discuss systemwide business and vote on the UC Office of the President’s proposed 2010-11 budget, among other items.

The UCOP’s proposed budget of $438.5 million largely reflects the promises made by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in his May revisions to the state budget, which included placing state funding of financial aid programs as a top priority. If approved by the Regents, the UCOP budget would allocate 55.2 percent of its funds for systemwide academic programs and 36.8 percent for core administration costs in the 2010-11 fiscal year. The remaining 8 percent would fund Regent Direct Reports and the Academic Senate.

Following Gov. Schwarzenegger’s May revisions, UC Vice President for Budget Patrick Lenz said the proposed budget reaffirmed the importance of higher education in California.

“The restoration in funding for the University of California will help us maintain access and protect financial aid for thousands of young Californians who look to our campuses as portals of opportunity,” Lenz said.

According to Lenz, the Governor’s budget recommendations for the UC included the restoration of $305 million to the UC budget, as well as $51.3 million to support student access and $355 million for capital facility construction.

Furthermore, the Regents will vote on proposed revisions to the UC Student Fee Policy, as well as consider a spectrum of UC affairs including, but not limited to, the release of the annual UC accountability report and new litigation.

Associated Students External Vice President of Statewide Affairs-elect Doug Wagoner, a second-year history major, said students should be the University’s priority.
“Without a higher education, the fact of the matter is you can’t get as high-paying of a job and you don’t have the range of opportunities that you do with a good higher education — especially from a University of California institution,” Wagoner said.



One response to “UC Regents to Discuss Funding Proposal

  1. UC Berkeley. Chancellor finds budget for $3,000,000 consultants to do work of his Vice Chancellors then employs Operational Excellence (OE) to firw 900. Are you ready to act? A legacy of waste in UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Office: easily grasped by the public, lost on University of California’s President Yudof.
    The UC Berkley budget gap has grown to $150 million, & still the Chancellor is spending money that isn’t there on $3,000,000 consultants. His reasons range from the need for impartiality to requiring the consultants “thinking, expertise, & new knowledge”.
    Does this mean that the faculty & management of UC Berkeley – flagship campus of the greatest public system of higher education in the world – lack the knowledge, integrity, impartiality, innovation, skills to come up with solutions? Have they been fudging their research for years?
    The consultants will glean their recommendations from faculty interviews & the senior management that hired them; yet $ 150 million of inefficiencies and solutions could be found internally if the Chancellor & Provost Breslauer were doing the work of their jobs (This simple point is lost on UC’s leadership).
    The victims of this folly are Faculty and Students. $ 3 million consultant fees would be far better spent on students & faculty.
    There can be only one conclusion as to why inefficiencies & solutions have not been forthcoming from faculty & staff: Chancellor Birgeneau has lost credibility & the trust of the faculty & Academic Senate leadership (C. Kutz, F. Doyle). Even if the faculty agrees with the consultants’ recommendations – disagreeing might put their jobs in jeopardy – the underlying problem of lost credibility & trust will remain. (Context: greatest recession in modern times)
    Contact your representatives in Sacramento: tell them of the hefty self-serving $’s being spent by UC Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau & Provost Breslauer.
    Let there be light!

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