Jesse’s Jab: Student Regent Statewide Recruitment Tour!

WHOOOHOOOO It’s the Student Regent Statewide Recruitment Tour!!! 10 cities, 5 weeks, and for the Student Regents – 3 Failing Classes.  We have limitless energy like Rockstars.

Come holla at us when we’re on your campus, and don’t forget to apply for Student Regent – deadline Feb 17th(that’s a thursday)!!  We’re going to be doing a town hall and recruitment information session on each campus, your Dean of Students should have the exact time and location!

This year’s tour is really less about the Student Regent, and more about your chance to meet Alfredo Mireles, your student regent-designate, and soon to be student Regent!  Tell him your opinion, listen to what he has planned, etc.etc.!  And then apply to the student Regent position you can work with him next year!

Tour Dates:
01/10 UC Davis
01/14 UC Riverside
01/21 UC San Diego
01/24 UC Los Angeles
01/28 UC Berkeley
01/31 UC San Francisco
02/04 UC Irvine
02/09 UC Merced
02/08 UC Santa Cruz
02/11 UC Santa Barbara


One response to “Jesse’s Jab: Student Regent Statewide Recruitment Tour!

  1. When UC Berkeley recently announced its elimination of baseball, men’s, women’s gymnastics, women’s lacrosse teams and its defunding of the national-champion men’s rugby team, the chancellor sighed, “Sorry, but this was necessary!”
    But was it? Yes, the university is in dire financial straits. Yet $3 million was somehow found by Chancellor Robert J Birgeneau to pay the Bain consulting firm to uncover waste, inefficiencies in UC Berkeley (Cal), despite the fact that a prominent East Coast university was accomplishing the same thing without expensive consultants.
    Essentially, the process requires collecting, analyzing information from faculty, staff. Apparently, Cal senior management believe that the faculty, staff of their world-class university lacks the cognitive ability, integrity, energy to identify millions in savings. If consultants are necessary, the reason is clear: the chancellor has lost credibility with the people who provided the information to the consultants. Chancellor Robert J Birgeneau has reigned for eight years, during which time the inefficiencies proliferated to $150 million. Even as Bain’s recommendations are implemented (‘They told me to do it’, Birgeneau), credibility, trust, problems remain.
    Bain is interviewing faculty, staff, senior management and academic senate leaders to identify $150 million in inefficiencies, most of which could have been found internally. One easy-to-identify problem, for example, was wasteful procurement practices such as failing to secure bulk discounts on printers. But Birgeneau apparently has no concept of savings: even in procuring a consulting firm he failed to receive proposals from other firms.

    Students, staff, faculty, California Legislators are the victims of his incompetent decisions. Now that sports teams are feeling the pinch, perhaps the California Alumni, benefactors, donors, will demand to know why Birgeneau is raking in $500,000 a year while abdicating his work responsibilities.

    Let there be light.

    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.
    PS University of California Berkeley (Cal) ranking drops. In 2004, for example, the London-based Times Higher Education ranked Cal the second leading research university in the world, just behind Harvard; in 2009 that ranking had tumbled to 39th place.

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