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July 17, 2012 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
UC Riverside's long-held dream to have a full medical school was badly battered last year when the state refused to pay for it and then national accreditors wouldn't allow it to open. Those denials were a blow to the UC system's proud tradition of adding campuses and programs to serve a growing state. Now, UC Riverside is making what national experts say is a rare second attempt to gain approval for a medical school. Campus officials say they have obtained alternative financial backing, worth about $10 million a year for a decade, from private donors, local government and the UC system in hopes that the medical school can enroll its first 50 students in fall 2013.
January 17, 2013
Whether academic officials like it or not, Gov. Jerry Brown has a few good ideas for the state's four-year university systems: Reduce administrative bulk, keep tuition costs down. But several of his demands show a lack of understanding of the universities' role, especially the University of California, in attracting great minds to the state. The UC system Brown outlines - one in which professors do more teaching and less research and state funding is tied to whether the colleges graduate a certain percentage of students - could change the very nature of the state's premier public universities, turning them into workmanlike producers of academic degrees.
April 20, 1998 | GARY C. BYRNE and RICHARD B. McKENZIE, Gary C. Byrne is president of a Newport Beach investment firm. Richard B. McKenzie is a professor in the Graduate School of Management at UC Irvine and an adjunct fellow at the Center for the Study of American Business in St. Louis
The precipitous decline in the count of African Americans and Latinos in the 1998 freshmen class at UC Berkeley has been heralded as a political problem in need of a political solution, namely the resurrection of affirmative action. The Board of Regents of the UC system and state legislators would be well advised to see the problem in economic terms. Education is a service in high demand, commanding a high price.
August 21, 1989
As a graduate student in the UC system and having served for nine months on a tenure and promotions committee at UC Irvine, I find Miles' argument both misleading and wrongheaded. First, he gives no supporting evidence for the "distressingly large" number of tenured deadwood in the system, something that in my experience with the actual promotions committee caseload was very rare. For what I found to be the few tenured UC faculty who fit his image of deadwood, Miles' promotes a wrong-headed vision of education by insisting that UC system students be exposed to even more of their teaching.
June 29, 2011 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
UC San Diego faced a losing battle recently when it tried to hang on to three star scientists being wooed by Rice University for cutting-edge cancer research. The recruiting package from the private Houston university included 40% pay raises, new labs and a healthy flow of research money from a Texas state bond fund. Another factor, unrelated to Rice, helped close the deal: The professors' sense that declining state funding for the University of California makes it a good time to pack their bags.
March 17, 1992
President David Gardner of the UC system is correct about the proposal that UC professors should conduct class more than the present six hours per week. It certainly would "fundamentally change the character of the institution," as he says ("UC Chief Blasts Call to Increase Teaching Load," March 3). Professors' promotion and tenure would be based more on teaching than on research. The enormous glut of useless articles in academic journals would decrease. The money saved could go to needy students.
April 22, 1988 | BILL BILLITER, Times Staff Writer
The University of California faces a crisis situation because of the low number of Latino students and faculty in the nine-campus system, according those who attended a two-day gathering that concluded Thursday at the Irvine Hilton. The gathering of about 300 Latino professors, administrators and students from the UC system ended with militant warnings. "Something must be done (to get better Latino representation)," said Roberto P.
December 9, 1998
There is an intelligent solution to the teaching assistants' complaints at the University of California: adjunct faculty. We hold PhDs, we are not apprentices, we are experienced and flexible. We are many; many the products of the UC system, especially the humanities and social sciences. And we earn about $18,000 a year, about what UC spends on TAs. THURBER D. PROFFITT PhD Adjunct, History Department Cerritos College
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