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October 23, 2014
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After the Freeze: UC Privatization Since 2012

At one of the first walkout planning meetings I attended that fall, people were talking about something called the “Meister report,” which I later learned was named after its author, UC Santa Cruz Professor Bob Meister. The Report talked about how UC administrators were able to take out low-interest construction bonds because they essentially pledged to Moody’s and other rating agencies that they would raise student tuition if necessary to pay back the bonds. Continue reading

April 25, 2010
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Opinion: Money isn’t the only problem threatening UC system

Here is an excellent opinion piece by two UCD Med School profs, published in the San Jose Mercury, January 2010.

If the newly constituted legislative Joint Committee on the Master Plan of Higher Education gets smart, administrative machinations of the University of California will ebb away, and the returning flow of law governance — not money — will restore the public trust in finding a new direction to support higher Certainly the state’s economic woes have taxed creativity for stopgap measures. But they have also convenient cover for some sensibilities that augur only rising instruction cuts, declining educational student fees, increasing furloughs and a swelling administrative bloat. Continue reading