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Bay Area Colleges Losing Out To Private Schools As Professors Jump Ship

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – This week’s passage of the state budget dealt another $150 million blow to the University of California system, which will likely be made up via higher students’ fees. However, that’s not the only looming problem that may require students to dig deeper into their wallets. UC is starting to see its top faculty lured to other schools.
KCBS’ Holly Quan Reports:

Salary bumps of up to 40 percent, better lab facilities and a more stable budgetary situation have become too much to resist for many professors.

A recent report to the Regents showed tenured professors leaving to places like Stanford, NYU and Harvard, private schools that are often competing with UC for students.

“It really goes beyond, I think, actually salary being offered to people,” said UC Davis law professor Daniel Simmons, who is chair of the Academic Senate. “It’s more about the morale issue and the nature of the work environment, along with a fear that budgetary problems of the university will not be resolved, that the institution is on a downward trajectory.”

The only way to reverse that, he said, is to find more revenue to offer competitive packages. But with the state taking money away, the only place to go is the students.

Already, Davis watched its retention rate drop from 90 percent to 72 percent from last year alone, losing professors to Brown, Penn State and Rice.

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  • moravecglobal

    University of California faces massive budget shortfalls. It is dismaying Calif. Governor Brown. President Yudof and Board of Regents have, once again, been unable to agree on a package of wage, benefit concessions to close the deficit.
    Californians face foreclosure, unemployment, depressed wages, loss of retirement, medical, unemployment benefits, higher taxes: UC Board of Regents Regent Lansing, President Yudof need to demonstrated leadership by curbing wages, benefits. As a Californian, I don’t care what others earn at private, public universities. If wages better elsewhere, chancellors, vice chancellors, tenured, non tenured faculty, UCOP should apply for the positions. If wages commit employees to UC, leave for better paying position. The sky above UC will not fall.
    Californians suffer from greatest deficit of modern times. UC wages must reflect California’s ability to pay, not what others are paid. Campus chancellors, tenured & non-tenured faculty, UCOP are replaceable by more talented academics
    Wage concessions for UC President, Faculty, Chancellors, Vice Chancellors, UCOP:
    No furloughs
    18 percent reduction in UCOP salaries & $50 million cut.
    18 percent prune of campus chancellors’, vice chancellors’ salaries.
    15 percent trim of tenured faculty salaries, increased teaching load
    10 percent decrease in non-tenured faculty salaries, as well as increase research, teaching load
    100% elimination of all Academic Senate, Academic Council costs, wages.

    (17,000 UC paid employees earn more than $100,000)

    Overly optimistic predictions of future revenues do not solve the deficit. However, rose bushes bloom after pruning.

    UC Board of Regents Sherry Lansing, President Yudof can bridge the public trust gap by offering reassurances that UC salaries reflect depressed wages in California. The sky will not fall on UC

    Californians are reasonable people. Levy no new taxes until an approved balanced budget: let the Governor/Legislature lead – make the tough-minded (not cold hearted) decisions of elected leadership. Afterwards come to public for continuing, specified taxes.

    Once again, we call upon UC President, Chancellors, Vice Chancellors, Faculty, UCOP to stand up for California and ‘pitch in’ for Californians with wage concessions.

  • genomega1

    Excellent response but you are talking common sense which never applies in California.

    • moravecglobal

      Unfortunately true. Until action is applied by the University of California (UC) Board of Regents to chancellors, like Birgeneau, UC shouldn’t come to the Governor or public for support for any tax increase.

      (The author has 35 years’ consulting experience, has taught at UC Berkeley (Cal) where he observed the culture & way senior management work)

      Cal. Chancellor Birgeneau ($500,000 salary) has forgotten that he is a public servant, steward of the public money, not overseer of his own fiefdom (these are not isolated examples): recruits (uses California tax $) out of state $50,000 tuition students that displace qualified Californians from public university education; spends $7,000,000 + for consultants to do his & many vice chancellors jobs (prominent East Coast university accomplishing same 0 cost); pays ex Michigan governor $300,000 for lectures; in procuring a $3,000,000 consulting firm he failed to receive proposals from other firms; Latino enrollment drops while out of state jumps 2010; tuition to Return on Investment drops below top 10; Birgeneau all employees meeting – only 50 attend; visits to Cal down 20%; NCAA places basketball program on probation, absence institutional control.

      It’s all shameful. There is no justification for such practices by a steward of the public trust. Absolutely none.

      Birgeneau’s practices will continue indefinitely. Governor Brown, UC Board of Regents Chair Lansing, President Yudof must do a better job of vigorously enforcing oversight than has been done in the past over Chancellors like Birgeneau who use the campus as their fiefdom.

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