UC Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau and Provost Breslauer pick the pockets of Californian students and their parents clean. Birgeneau’s tuition/fee increases rank Cal. # 1 most expensive (on all-in-cost) public university. UC Berkeley is more expensive than Harvard, Yale. Birgeneau’s decisions are an insult to taxpayers who help support the University of California system and to students confronting soaring costs.
Robert J Birgeneau ($450,000 salary) has forgotten he is a public servant, steward of the public money, not overseer of his own fiefdom. Pays ex-politician $300,000 for several lectures; Doubles instate tuition/fees; Recruits (using California tax $) foreign & out of state affluent $50,600 tuition students who displace Cal. qualified instate applicants; Spends $7,000,000 + (prominent East Coast university accomplishing same at 0 cost) for OE consultants to remove inefficiencies created by his leadership then stonewalls consultants from examining Chancellor, Provost offices: When procuring OE consultants failed to receive alternative proposals: Tuition to Return on Investment drops below top 10.
In tough economic times, unpleasant decisions must be made. Clean sweep: Birgeneau resigned; fire Provost George Breslauer.
Email opinion to firstname.lastname@example.org . (The author has 35 years’ consulting, has taught at Cal. where he observed the culture & ways of senior management & was not fired)