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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.
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
March 18, 1990
Rather than uselessly attempting to force Chancellor Jack Peltason to break away from the UC system's policy of allowing only married students to reside in the family housing complex, why don't they address the basis of the problem and lobby the state Legislature to legalize the marriage of gays and lesbians? SUSAN VON SEGGERN Newport Beach
May 14, 2013
Re "Reagan and the fall of UC," Opinion, May 10 Seth Rosenfeld argues that then-Gov. Ronald Reagan's opposition to the 1960s radicalization of the University of California campuses - Berkeley in particular - was the main driver in the decline of the UC system. He overlooks that this very radicalization has diminished the value of a UC education. In the 1950s, when the UC system was at its peak, students were "well groomed and complacent" (to use Rosenfeld's words). They were in college to learn, not to protest.
November 21, 1987
The UC Board of Regents voted Friday to establish a humanities think tank at UCI, the second approved for the university in three months. The regents, meeting in Riverside, unanimously agreed to a proposal by UC President David Gardner to create a new Critical Theory Institute at UCI. The institute stems from a campus study group begun at UCI about five years ago. The cost, now about $45,000, will be absorbed by the entire UC system.
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