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University of California Systemwide WALK OUT on 9-24-09

Last week I overheard two senior faculty members at UCLA discuss their plans for this Thursday's walkout. And, I hear that professors are holding teach-in's instead of classes on the 24th.  Normally, I rarely see faculty, much less senior faculty, decide to join in protests over University budget cuts.  I've been a student or staff member in the UC system since 2002, and I've seen 7 straight years of budget cuts from the state to the UC and 7 straight years of student fee increases at a University that prides itself as a "tuition free" institution.  Every year the University and California has faced the "worst budget crisis" ever! This time the UC office of the Prez is proposing 32% increases in student fees!

The state of California is jacked up in how it runs the state budget with really out of wack priorities.  It's embarassing to see that California is the ONLY state that spends more on prisons than on public higher education!  So to balance the state budget, which is all crazy because of many things (see: 2/3 super-majority for budget vote, term limits, and three strikes), the state has continually cut funding to public higher education but increased prison funding.  I learned at the July UC Regents meeting that during the Great Depression the state did not cut funding to public higher ed, AND the highest paid administrators and faculty voluntarily took pay cuts! But in today's UC, President Yudof and other top administrators continue to take in serious salaries and have even gotten raises! In my three years as a (lowly) staff member in the UC, I never even got a cost of living increase, and these guys get raises!

But I digress...

The point is... We won't take it ANYMORE! 

In a University where 40% of the undergrads are Asian American, we have to take a stand!

In a University where 20% of the grad students are Asian American, we have to take a stand!

In a University where... ok, so there aren't a lot of faculty who are Asian American... but we have to all take a stand!

These budget cuts and fee hikes impact Asian Americans more so than others in California, simply by the simple fact that we make up large numbers of the students.  STAND UP Asian Americans! Walk out this Thursday!  Send a message to Sacramento that there are A LOT of us showing potential voting power (we will vote your asses out if you don't fix stuff NOW!) and to make ourselves heard since we don't have hardly a say in the dialogues that the UC Regents have at their meetings.

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alexander (not verified) on Thu, 09/24/2009 - 12:01

I have a few questions for you:

Why do you think the budget cuts are occuring at UC Berkeley?

What other institutions of higher education are experiencing similiar budget cuts and/or rise in tuition?

 

Thanks

 

Moracecglobal (not verified) on Mon, 02/15/2010 - 21:37

Current Threats to University of California Don’t Come From the Outside - $3 Million Extravagant Spending by UC President Yudof for University of California Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau to Hire Consultants - When Work Can Be Done Internally & Impartially

During the days of the Great Recession, every dollar in higher education counts. Contact Chairwoman Budget Sub-committee on Education Finance Assemblywoman Carter 916.319.2062 - tell her to stop the $3,000,000 spending by Birgeneau on consultants.  

Do the work internally at no additional costs with UCB Academic Senate Leadership (C. Kutz/F. Doyle), the world – class professional  UCB faculty/ staff, & the UCB Chancellor’s bloated staff (G. Breslauer, N. Brostrom, F. Yeary, P. Hoffman, C. Holmes etc) & President Yudof.

President Yudof’s UCB Chancellor should do the high paid work he is paid for instead of hiring expensive East Coast consults to do the work of his job. ‘World class’ smart executives like Chancellor Birgeneau need to do the hard work analysis, and make the tough-minded difficult, decisions to identify inefficiencies.

 Where do the $3,000,000 consultants get their recommendations?
From interviewing the UCB senior management that hired them and approves their monthly consultant fees and expense reports. Remember the nationally known auditing firm who said the right things and submitted recommendations that senior management wanted to hear and fooled the public, state, federal agencies?

$3 million impartial consultants never bite the hands (Chancellor Birgeneau/ Chancellor Yeary) that feed them!
Mr. Birgeneau's accountabilities include "inspiring innovation, leading change."  Instead of deploying his leadership and setting a good example by doing the work of his Chancellor’s job, Birgeneau outsourced his work to the $3,000,000 consultants.  Doesn't he engage UC and UC Berkeley people at all levels to examine inefficiencies and recommend $150 million of trims?  Hasn't he talked to Cornell and the University of North Carolina - which also hired the consultants -- about best practices and recommendations that  eliminate inefficiencies?
No wonder the faculty, staff, students, Senate & Assembly are angry and suspicious.

In today’s Great Recession three million dollars is a irresponsible price to pay when a knowledgeable ‘world-class’ UCB Chancellor and his bloated staff do not do the work of their jobs.

Pick up the phone and call: save $3 million for students!

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