This week we learned of the new cap on out-of-student enrollment, proposed by the Regents to appease the Legislature. But we also learned of Governor Brown’s May Revise Budget that includes holding back $50 million pending (a) UCOP demonstrating efforts to implement recommendations of the state auditor, (b) meeting enrollment target for transfer students, and (c) piloting of Activity-Based Costing (ABC) that involves defining and then costing the various activities involved in instruction. ABC is a managerial strategy developed for manufacturing in the 1970s and 1980s but since largely abandoned. What will be the consequences of this managerial attempt to rationalize every aspect of teaching? Worse teaching and more administrative bloat? What about applying ABC to administration? For other news see below.
Michael Burawoy and Celeste Langan
Co-Chairs of the BFA.