Yesterday’s SF Chronicle article on the UC executives call for bigger pensions for themselves shows the executives of the University of California so out of touch with reality that they think that they deserve enormously larger pensions (larger than the already generous ones they get). I guess that those making over $250,000 a year are constitutionally incapable of saving for retirement, as I have been doing on my much smaller salary for the past 30 years.
I think that UC is overdue for a purge at the top, calling the bluff of the executives who claim that no one would take their jobs at only $250,000. Let’s get rid of the half of the executives in Oakland, and simply not hire replacements. The dirty secret is that no one would notice any change. They are pushing paper around for their own benefit, not for the benefit of the campuses and certainly not for the benefit of the students. The real work at Oakland (what little there is) is probably being done by much lower paid staffers anyway.
Chris Newfield in Remaking the University has a strong argument that the UC executives have been systematically destroying the University as a public good, with the sole goal of lining their own pockets. Unfortunately, letters like the current one by the UC executives make his case for him.
I fear that our current president, who stands head and shoulders above the rest in lining his own pockets (his $800,000 compensation package speaks loudly here), will either cave to the administrators, or arrange some sort of “compromise” in which he cheers for himself in giving them somewhat less than they ask for. Raiding the public till (and extracting more and more from students) for himself and his friends seems built into the way he has run the University for the past several years.