Should U.C. be ‘independent’?

Should U.C. be ‘independent’?

Janet-NapolitanoAs I’ve noted in two recent posts, here and here, 50 years after the Berkeley Free Speech Movement, there’s no more academic freedom or free speech at California universities. Only politically correct repression.

Meanwhile, costs are soaring for students and parents. U.C. President Janet Napolitano, whose main “qualification” for the job is heading the repressive U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is boosting tuition 25 percent over five years.

So it makes sense to take away UC’s vaunted “independence.” KQED News reported:

two state senators — one Democrat, one Republican — introduced a constitutional amendment this week to strip the UC system of that hallowed independence.

“It behooves us, and ultimately the voters, to revisit the concentrated power and autonomy of the UC Board of Regents which appears to be out of touch with average working-class families,” said state Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) in a statement on Thursday.

The proposal comes after a vote by UC regents last month to approve a plan that could boost tuition by 5 percent a year for the next five years if the university system doesn’t get the money it says it needs from state lawmakers.

Once it took over the system, one thing the Legislature could do would be to cut the incredible waste in the system, beginning with the administrative bloat. UC now employs more administrators than professors.

If U.C. didn’t like being supervised, and forced to cut waste, then it would have an option: Go private.

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  1. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 13 December, 2014, 16:20

    Yep…let ole Nappy alone.

    War on Women.

    You know-

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  2. Donkey
    Donkey 14 December, 2014, 08:17

    Ahaul, you are, along with S&MD, TCS, and SKdog, the “stupid Americans” Gruber so eloquently extolled!!

    The UC RAGWUS defies any sort of management model. As top heavy as most RAGWUS bureaucracies fancy themselves the education morass takes the top honor for stupidity. But lets also point out the police and fire RAGWUS bureaucracies spend much more as a percentage of local budgets and the locals receive only high pensions and pay in return. Fire departments as now structured need to be all volunteer and police departments need to be under the constant view of the NSA. 🙂

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  3. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 14 December, 2014, 20:43

    Donkey

    Relax.
    Ihop has nice specials this month.
    Bring a big blue checkered plastic bib, so blueberry Sysco syrup does not stain your polyesters!

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    • Donkey
      Donkey 15 December, 2014, 08:32

      I avoid sugar and carbs Ahaul, I prefer ocean gathered foods. 🙂

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      • T Mind of your Ted Godhead System
        T Mind of your Ted Godhead System 16 December, 2014, 14:14

        Duncey—

        a litle advice–

        lay off the sea food little buddy– laced with metals—- there is no such thing as any organic seafood ever again!

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        • Donkey
          Donkey 16 December, 2014, 15:57

          You are one of the eco-freaks that believes in myths TCS. You are going to die eating that organic crap and wonder why. 🙂

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  4. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 15 December, 2014, 09:34

    Sad….Dennys has an awesome Gruber Burger plate on special for the Holidays….check Groupon for chits.

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  5. Ken
    Ken 16 December, 2014, 13:52

    Yep. It is probably time to cut the UC system loose. It has become a figment of its former imagination anyway. Cut Janet loose too. A bigger loser has never, not EVER run the UC system.

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