Extra credit: University of California gives faculty hefty raises while students pay higher tuition

by editor on August 24, 2011

In a move that makes Marie Antoinette’s “Let them eat cake” seem like a kind act, University of California President Mark Yudof has decided, as usual, that they need mo’ money.

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"Let them eat their student loan documents!"

The University of California will spend $140 million raised from increased student tuition, general fund money and other UC sources to give merit raises to thousands of faculty members and nonunion employees earning up to $200,000, UC officials said Wednesday.

Let’s see, we have a reduced budget due to the financial crisis, we’ve laid off people, the students get a notice of tuition increases every 5 minutes, but damn the torpedos! Full steam ahead! They all need nice big fat raises!

One student sums it up perfectly:

“So all of a sudden they have money?” said Claudia Magaña, president of the UC Student Association and a senior at UC Santa Cruz. “Is this where our fee increase went to? I wouldn’t want to say they don’t deserve it, but I think it’s questionable that all of a sudden there’s money for this, but there’s no money for our services being cut.”

We have to ask if Mr. Yudof is aware that there’s anything unusual going on outside of his little bubble? Like perhaps a global financial crisis?

Perhaps he should go talk to one of the pointy-headed professors in the university’s economics department.

On second thought, they’re the ones who got us into this mess.

– Written by CO2Insanity

Source: SF Gate

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16 Comments on "Extra credit: University of California gives faculty hefty raises while students pay higher tuition"

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Milan Moravec
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I love the University of California (UC) having been a student and lecturer. But today I am concerned that at times I do not recognize the UC I love. Like so many I am deeply disappointed by the pervasive failures of Regent Chairwoman Lansing, President Yudof and the ten campus Chancellors from holding the line on rising costs and tuition increases.
Californians are reeling from19% unemployment (includes those forced to work part time, and those no longer searching), mortgage defaults, loss of unemployment benefits. And those who still have jobs are working longer for less. Faculty wages must reflect California’s ability to pay, not what others are paid.
Pay increases for generously paid Faculty is arrogance.
UC Berkeley (ranked # 70 Forbes) tuition increases exceed the national average rate of increases. Chancellor Birgeneau has molded Cal. into the most expensive American public university.
President Yudof and Chancellor Birgeneau have dismissed many much needed cost-cutting options. They did not consider freezing vacant faculty positions, increasing class size, requiring faculty to teach more classes, doubling the time between sabbaticals, cutting and freezing pay and benefits for all chancellors and reforming the pension system.
They said such faculty reforms “would not be healthy for University of California”.
We agree it is far from the ideal situation, but it is in the best interests of the university system and the state to hold the line on cost increases. UC cannot expect to do business as usual: raising tuition; granting pay raises and huge bonuses during a weak economy that has sapped state revenues and individual Californians’ income.
There is no question the necessary realignments with economic reality are painful. Regent Chairwoman Lansing can bridge the public trust gap with reassurances that salaries and costs reflect California’s economic reality. The sky above UC will not fall

Opinions? Email the UC Board of Regents marsha.kelman@ucop.edu

poppajoe49
Member

My niece is getting ready to go to college next year, and they live in Cali.
I’m sure my BIL and SIL are just thrilled about the tuition raise! It’s not like anything out there is a bargain, so why not make the price of one more thing out of the reach of regular Americans?

Babydoll102187
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Little of topic here, but this is one of my favorite portraits of Marie Antoinette. Just look at her gown, the details are so intricate and beautiful. It almost makes me long for the days of bone crushing corsets, just to wear fabric that beautiful, with ribbons and lace. Like I said, off topic, but I’m a sucker for 18th century fashion.

Buck O'Fama
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And if her mouth were full of french fries and tamales, you’d swear it was Michelle Obama…. “Let them eat mffft grifft… gimme that cupcake, #$#@”

poppajoe49
Member

@ Buck O’Fama – Pass the fat cakes!

poppajoe49
Member

And the Shack Burgers!

Babydoll102187
Member

LOL!!!

RockingHorseGuy
Member

My lady wears those corsets all the time, with steel boning even. She swears they aren’t all that uncomfortable.

Babydoll102187
Member

I used to wear corsets, they’re great for posture. But I never had a steel bone one, thats dedication! My favorite one was cream colored with lace and sequin flowers. It was very versatile, I usually paired it with jeans and a jacket along with what ever heels or wedges I happened to grab. Now that I chase my little ones all day I gave up heels and corsets, lol!

RockingHorseGuy
Member

My lady is done with the baby chasing years, never to go back. And just now is she finding the pleasures of the corset. She is more comfortable with skirts than jeans to round out the ensemble, though. I love watching men trip all over themselves when they see the large expanse of cleavage staring back at them from above the corset.

Elrond Hubbard
Member

In a time of prolonged economic recession you might think that the salary of public employees might remain unchanged or actually decline. But never underestimate the ability of those public employees to screw taxpayers out of ever more money. But it’s the students at California state colleges that are really getting whacked, they’re paying ever increasing tuition and getting degrees that have no job demand. They owe tens of thousands of tuition dollars without any prospect of repaying the loans. Thank God Mickey D’s hiring. Welcome to Obamaland.

jukin
Guest

The answer, of course, is to increase pay and benefits for the UC employees, lower the tuition for students (especially for illegal students), and screw the kalifornia taxpayer as hard as they can.

RockingHorseGuy
Member

Maybe we could come up with a way for more criminals to qualify for in-state tuition.

Joe Redfield
Guest

You would deny raises to faculty members? What’s next…actually making them teach classes? Besides, student loans are the only thing keeping the California economy afloat these days.

RockingHorseGuy
Member

Does anybody think that the faculty isn’t doing their job well? I mean, aren’t the students graduating with skulls full of liberal mush? That IS the point here, isn’t it?

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