UC 411: OE and Big Brother

Adopting Operational Excellence
With state budget cuts accumulating, campuses UC-wide are trying to become more efficient to save money.  Other UC campuses are adopting their own versions of UC Berkeley’s Operational Excellence initiative—schools like UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, and UC San Francisco.  Critics of Operational Excellence cite hasty layoffs before OE finishes recommendations and a deficiency in chopping from the top.  These OE projects involve outside consulting companies such as the Huron Consulting Group, hired by UCLA, and Bain & Company, with whom UC Berkeley has a 7.5 million dollar partnership.  Let’s hope the investment pays off.
Read more: http://www.dailycal.org/article/112946/other_uc_campuses_adopt_oe_model

Policing Activism On-Campus
Over the past year, there have been many instances of student protests and student activism, here in California at the UCs and CSUs and elsewhere (in France and England, the University of Puerto Rico, in Wisconsin, etc).  University of California Campuses Berkeley, Davis, Santa Cruz, and Irvine have admitted to monitoring student activists by means of campus police, freelance investigators, and staff.  Some officers or staff adopt a plainsclothes appearance to mingle with students in order to gather information.  At UC Davis, fellow students have been recruited to monitor their peers—student activists.  These student activists’ response was to publish names and photographs of administrators, officers, freelancers, and students involved in the policing and monitoring effort, using “media for countersurveillance, solidarity-building, and awareness.”
Read more: http://chronicle.com/blogs/brainstorm/big-brother-on-campus/34552


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