CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2013 |
The surprise selection of former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to head the UC system has fueled criticism over the secret selection process. Supporters of a more open method say that better decisions are made when three or four finalists for a university presidency or chancellorship are formally identified to the public. At that point, faculty and students could have a chance to meet them before a final selection. Though widely praised, the selection of Napolitano in July also came as a shock to many outside a relatively small circle of UC regents and other officials.
June 11, 2013 |
In arguing that the individual campuses of the University of California would be better served by having a looser relationship with a drastically downsized UC office of the president, UCLA history professor David Myers relies in part on the late Clark Kerr to make his case. In a May 31 Times Op-Ed article , Myers cites the former UC president's observation that the "university-wide system has no alumni, no students, no faculty, no sports teams, no one to cheer for it. " Myers' selective quotation doesn't actually reflect Kerr's broader view on this subject.
July 16, 2009 |
The University of California remains outstanding. By some rankings, three of its schools are among the top 20 universities in the world. But for how long? The budget has been cut by 20%. The Board of Regents votes today on UC President Mark Yudof's plan to deal with the shortfall. Yudof's original proposal included salary cuts across the board of 8% or furloughs leading to an equivalent reduction. This at a time when UC salaries are already 10% or more below those at peer institutions.
February 23, 2011 |
In both of the two most respected global rankings of universities, the University of California system supplies at least 10% of the top 50 institutions worldwide. In the Academic Ranking of World Universities put out by Shanghai Jiao Tong University (usually referred to as the Shanghai index), seven of the UC's 10 campuses rank in the top 50. In Britain's Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the UC system has five campuses in the top 50 with a sixth four notches lower. This is an extraordinary achievement for a publicly financed system of higher education, particularly for one that was founded just a century ago. If we add in the three private California universities (Caltech, USC and Stanford)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 2001
Re "UC Regents Told of Bleak '02-03 Outlook," Nov. 16: The story about cutbacks for the UC system is distressing. What was not particularly distressing was the news that normally top-paid administrators, usually at the vice chancellor level on up, will no longer get their raises, hovering in the 25% range. Poor babies. As a former staffer at UC Irvine, I was appalled each autumn when Vice Chancellor Wendell Brase would e-mail the "good news"that the regents had approved our 1% raise.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 1988
Your editorial contains some rather ill-considered suggestions for the UC system. In particular, your suggestion that "Berkeley and UCLA should continue as graduate-research universities, but the other UC campuses . . . must rededicate themselves to teaching first, research second" is quite shortsighted. As a graduate student who is completing his Ph.D. at UC Irvine, and who attended UCI as an undergraduate, I feel that to follow your suggestion would injure both the undergraduate and graduate studies at UC. When I applied for admission to UC as an undergraduate, the major attraction for me was the opportunity to work under persons striving to extend the bounds of human knowledge.