Beyond UC: Brown and Schwarzenegger on the same page?

Apparently, Democratic Gov.-elect Jerry Brown backs Schwarzenegger’s plan to cut billions more from the state.  With a $6.1 billion shortfall in the state budget along with the passing of Proposition 22, which prevents about $800 million from local revenues to transfer to the state, Schwarzenegger believes the cuts are inevitable according to The SacBee.

With a Republican majority in the House of Representatives, Schwarzenegger also stated that aid from the federal government was at a loss, backing his statement even as the Democrats continue to push back on his plans.

But if Brown backs Schwarzenegger’s plans for cuts, what does it mean for California’s future?  Then again, these notions are only backed by the governator’s words for now.

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One response to “Beyond UC: Brown and Schwarzenegger on the same page?

  1. Solve the need for additionl funds once and for all. Investigate the leadership of Chancellors like UC Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau. UC Berkeley’s Leadership Crisis
    Chancellor Robert Birgeneau’s eight-year fiscal track record is dismal indeed. He would like to blame the politicians in Sacramento, since they stopped giving him every dollar he has asked for, and the state legislators do share some responsibility for the financial crisis. But not in the sense he means.
    A competent chancellor would have been on top of identifying inefficiencies in the system and then crafting a plan to fix them. Competent oversight by the Board of Regents and the legislature would have required him to provide data on problems and on what steps he was taking to solve them. Instead, every year Birgeneau would request a budget increase, the regents would agree to it, and the legislature would provide. The hard questions were avoided by all concerned, and the problems just piled up to $150 million of inefficiencies….until there was no money left.
    It’s not that Birgeneau was unaware that there were, in fact, waste and inefficiencies in the system. Faculty and staff have raised issues with senior management, but when they failed to see relevant action taken, they stopped. Finally, Birgeneau engaged some expensive ($3 million) consultants, Bain & Company, to tell him what he should have been able to find out from the bright, engaged people in his own organization.
    In short, there is plenty of blame to go around. But you never want a serious crisis to go to waste. An opportunity now exists for the UC president, Board of Regents, and California legislators to jolt UC Berkeley back to life, applying some simple check-and-balance management principles. Increasing the budget is not enough; transforming senior management is necessary. The faculty, Academic Senate, Cal. Alumni, financial donors, benefactors await the transformation.
    The author, who has 35 years’ consulting experience, has taught at University of California Berkeley, where he was able to observe the culture and the way the senior management operates.

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