Campus 101: Cal Protest results in meeting; UCR makes Budget Plans

UC Berkeley Students take Action

After a month of protesting, 4 UC Berkeley students are meeting with the administration on Friday to discuss grievances with how the Operational Excellence program is run. This meeting is a response to the students protest of sitting on the ledge of Wheeler hall. These students are having a meeting with the director of the program, Andrew Szeri, to discuss student involvement, communication with administrators, community, and transparency of information. The administration has set up this meeting to discover why the students are very steadfast on ending the program that would save the University $75 million dollars annually. The students in charge plan to gather hundreds of people outside of California Hall to garner awareness.

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UC Riverside releases strategy to survive budget cuts

UCR chancellor Timothy P. White has outlined a strategy for the financial year of 2011-2012 in response to the cuts expected from the Regents. UCR plans to increase revenue from non-state sources, and decrease expenditures from the state-funded portion and seek more efficient ways to save money. White emphasized that he understands these decisions will impact students, but are necessary to ensure the future of the campus. Some changes UCR will make include increased philanthropy, increased entrepreneurial support of academic programs, and reducing campus activities and services.

Read a more detailed list of the outline here:



One response to “Campus 101: Cal Protest results in meeting; UCR makes Budget Plans

  1. Milan Moravec

    University of California Berkeley strategy to survive budget cuts. University of California Berkeley Chancellor Robert J Birgeneau and Provost Breslauer need to go. (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 senior management work.) Recently: Chancellor pays ex Michigan governor $300,000 for lectures; NCAA places men’s basketball program on probation

    Chancellor Robert J Birgeneau’s ($500,000 salary) eight-year fiscal track record is dismal indeed. He would like to blame the politicians, since they stopped giving him every dollar 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 and then crafting a plan to fix them. Able oversight by the UC Board of Regents and the legislature would have required him to provide data on inefficiencies and on what steps he was taking to solve them during his 8 year reign. 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. Faculty and staff raised issues with Birgeneau and Provost Breslauer ($400,000 salary), but when they failed to see relevant action taken, they stopped. Finally, Birgeneau engaged some expensive ($3,000,000) consultants to tell him and Provost Breslauer what they should have known as leaders or been able to find out from the bright, engaged Cal. people. (A prominent east coast university was accomplishing the same without consultants)

    But you never want a crisis to go to waste. Merely cutting out inefficiencies does not have the effect desired. Cal has been badly damaged. Good people are loosing their jobs. Cal’s leadership is either incompetent or culpable.

    Increasing the budget is not enough. Take dead aim at the real source of Cal’s crisis by honorably retiring Chancellor Birgeneau and Provost Breslauer.
    We heartily agree.

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