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  • 12% California unemployment: University of California awards pay increase.

    08/19/2011 1:07:14 AM PDT · by Moravecglobal · 2 replies
    Self | Self
    California Democrats, Republicans face mortgage defaults, 12% unemployment, pay reductions, loss of unemployment benefits. UC President Yudof has faculty eat cake
  • Less Academics(but not diversity programs), More Narcissism

    07/15/2011 4:36:22 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 8 replies
    City Journal ^ | 7/14/2011 | Heather MacDonald
    The University of California is cutting back on many things, but not useless diversity programs. California’s budget crisis has reduced the University of California to near-penury, claim its spokesmen. “Our campuses and the UC Office of the President already have cut to the bone,” the university system’s vice president for budget and capital resources warned earlier this month, in advance of this week’s meeting of the university’s regents. Well, not exactly to the bone. Even as UC campuses jettison entire degree programs and lose faculty to competing universities, one fiefdom has remained virtually sacrosanct: the diversity machine. Not only have...
  • UC Budget Challenges Start At Top

    11/21/2009 6:43:59 PM PST · by hoguenews · 4 replies · 409+ views
    Hogue News ^ | November 20, 2009 | Nick Kump
    Being only a few years removed from college, I have a unique perspective on the fee hikes that the UC Board of Regents approved earlier this week. A previous article on HOGUE NEWS comprehensively covered the waste that exists in the University of California, but there are still several glaring problems with the UC, some of which can easily be solved. To begin with, all of the members of the Board of Regents are appointed by the governor to serve a 12-year term on the board. Many times the individuals on this board are no more qualified than you or...
  • "UC System Flunks rate Increase Test"

    11/19/2009 3:53:17 PM PST · by hoguenews · 6 replies · 362+ views
    Hogue News ^ | November 19, 2009 | Eric Hogue
    The UC Board of Regents has decided to raise statewide fees some 32-percent, while ignoring their own fiscal waste, inner-circle intelligencia perks and favors, and continual funding of the egregious UC Labor Institute. Suffer the students, let them eat cake. College rates across the country are paying higher tuitions, as state budgets evaporate inside of a recession. But nowhere are the increases as dramatic as they are in California. Earlier this year the CSU System increased their fees by 32-precent as well. If you are a college student in California, there is nowhere to hide. In two steps over the...
  • "UC System Hikes Fees 32%, While Funding Union Institute"

    11/19/2009 7:53:31 AM PST · by hoguenews · 1 replies · 317+ views
    Hogue News ^ | November 19, 2009 | Eric Hogue
    Considering the hike today at UC Board; why are they not defunding the millions directed toward their Labor Institute? Read more... The unions propaganda machine is alive and well, due to the mandates from politicians, threats from union bosses and the overall sock-puppets called the UC Board of Regents. The students that journey through these programs at Berkeley and Los Angeles campuses volunteer their time to benefit the liberal politicians, partisan political agendas, initiative campaigning and efforts of the public employee unions of California. I remember running across many of these students in 2003, organizing anti-recall protests at signature gathering...
  • CA: Too sweet a deal - Retirees rehired in new UC pay scandal

    12/12/2008 8:57:40 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 832+ views
    sa ^ | 12/12/08 | Editorial
    When Robert Dynes departed as president of the University of California, we hoped his pattern of outlandish compensation for his staff and others would depart with him. It didn't. It merely took another form, which became public in April when UC Berkeley Police Chief Victoria Harrison retired with a lump-sum package of $2.1 million and was immediately rehired as UC Berkeley police chief with higher pay than she had earned before her retirement. At the least, Harrison's rehiring broke the UC regents' rules, which limit retirees to one year of work and no more than 19 hours a week. It...
  • CA: Big raises for CSU, UC executives prompt bill (High-earning state employees' pay may be frozen)

    12/04/2008 11:09:34 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 356+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 12/4/08 | James P. Sweeney
    SACRAMENTO — – Fed up with large pay raises for executives of California's public universities, the chairman of the Assembly's higher-education committee introduced legislation yesterday that would freeze salaries of state employees who make more than $150,000 a year. The measure specifically includes executives and other high-paid officials at the California State University system. It urges the University of California system – which enjoys constitutional autonomy – to impose the same restraints. “I've been pretty outraged by CSU's and UC's continued executive-compensation practices during a time of, first, budget uncertainty and now full-blown crisis,” said committee Chairman Anthony Portantino, D-Pasadena....
  • CA: Severance, new UC job for aide in pay scandal

    11/27/2008 7:43:22 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 527+ views ^ | 11/26/08 | Jim Doyle
    The University of California's governing Board of Regents, struggling last week to avert drastic state budget cuts and forestall tuition increases, approved a $100,202 severance package for Linda Williams, a close aide to former UC President Robert Dynes and a figure in the university's 2005 salary scandal. The severance is being paid to Williams several months after she left her job in the UC Office of the President in Oakland and took a higher-paying position on May 1 a few miles away at the UC Berkeley campus. Her payout was granted last Thursday - one day after the regents spent...
  • UC Execs Still Getting Perks Despite Criticism

    05/25/2007 3:12:11 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 413+ views
    ap on ^ | 5/25/07 | AP
    (AP) OAKLAND University of California executives are still getting additional compensation despite withering criticism from lawmakers and others. Officials of the 10-campus system came under fire when it was revealed they had quietly been paying executives millions above their reported salaries. Since then, administrators have overhauled their system to make sure the decisions are made publicly and with the proper authority, but they haven't stopped the extra compensation. UC officials say they have to make the exceptions to stay competitive in the job market. In the 15 months following the revelations, first reported in the San Francisco Chronicle, more than...
  • CA: Somebody, please do the math on UC pay

    11/26/2006 10:32:33 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 725+ views
    San Bernardino Sun ^ | 11/26/06 | Editorial
    Here's a quick word problem for students at the University of California to ponder: If university fees go up every year at the same rate as the increased bonuses and perks for UC executives do, at what point will California fall into the ocean? The correct answer, of course, is, Huh? The problem doesn't make sense, but then neither does the fact that despite the controversy over out-of-control salaries and benefits for UC's top managers, they still manage to lavish themselves with more while cranking up student costs. A recent report indicating that extra employee compensation costs rose $916 million...
  • CA: University of California board tightens fiscal controls

    11/16/2006 3:59:57 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 297+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 11/16/06 | Michelle Locke - ap
    LOS ANGELES Embarrassed by revelations that some executives got pricey perks on the quiet, University of California board members are tightening their grip on the system's finances. UC regents exhibited a new, more activist approach this week as they met at UCLA, asking pointed questions about the budgeting process and voting Thursday to take control of UC President Robert C. Dynes' office budget. Dynes, who has accepted responsibility for the compensation irregularities, is voluntarily giving up a raise this year because of the controversy, saying "the buck stops on my desk." Despite the problems, board Chairman Gerald Parsky said Dynes...
  • CA: UC Regents Retroactively OK Executive Raises and Perks Flagged by Auditors

    09/22/2006 9:27:53 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 211+ views
    LA Times ^ | 9/22/06 | Rebecca Tronson
    SAN FRANCISCO — The University of California's regents took further steps Thursday to try to resolve its long-running controversy over executive compensation, in many cases by giving retroactive approvals for deals previously granted without the required board signoff or disclosure. The corrective actions came in response to several audits last spring that detailed scores of instances in which UC leaders had failed to follow their own policies in granting additional pay or benefits to top managers. In most, the extras were provided without explicit regent approval. Those audits followed media reports that the university system had given millions in bonuses,...
  • CA: CSU, UC leaders promise candor on executive pay

    09/19/2006 7:42:13 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 228+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 9/19/06 | Michelle Locke - ap
    BERKELEY Leaders of California's public universities, roiled by reports that some top officials were quietly paid millions, are pledging to be more open about executive pay. At the California State University trustees' meeting in Long Beach on Tuesday, Chancellor Charles Reed endorsed a proposal to make sure the system's board members and the public knows about compensation deals given to departing executives. Meanwhile, officials at the University of California said they would be more public about setting salaries for the top ranks. "UC has an obligation to be open and accessible to the public, and the university is committed to...
  • CA: New head of campus diversity at Cal heading for big paycheck

    08/30/2006 10:00:49 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 478+ views ^ | 8/30/06 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau has just announced he's creating the new post of vice chancellor for equity and inclusion -- a job that not only has an impressive title, but an equally impressive salary of between $182,000 and $282,000 a year. Plus an office budget in excess of $4 million. The goal isn't so much to recruit more minorities but rather to ensure students, faculty and staff are "fully respected for their individuality and what they represent," Birgeneau said. Birgeneau said the aim is "to prize our diversity and learn from it and to appreciate people for being part...
  • CA: UC Berkeley chancellor creates new post aimed at diversity

    08/24/2006 6:21:46 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies · 594+ views
    University of California, Berkeley, Chancellor Robert Birgeneau is creating a top-level post to focus on keeping the campus fair and welcoming. Birgeneau said he wants to make sure there is equal opportunity for students, faculty and staff regardless of religion, sexual orientation, race, gender or whether someone has a disability or not. "I very strongly believe that every single person (should) feel that this is a place where they belong, where they are respected for their individuality, for what they represent and their background," Birgeneau said Wednesday in announcing the new position at a back-to-school briefing. A national search is...
  • CA: Lawyer, doctor picked as UC regents - Governor appoints Republicans, both alumni of system

    08/19/2006 6:47:14 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 10 replies · 681+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 19, 2006
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed two well-connected Southern California Republicans to the University of California Board of Regents on Friday, filling two vacancies on the 26-member body. William De La Pena, 52, is a prosperous ophthalmologist in Whittier (Los Angeles County) with chains of eye clinics serving Latino communities in East Los Angeles and Santa Ana. Bruce Varner, 69, a civically involved Redlands lawyer whose clients include grocery chain Stater Brothers, is a friend and contributor to longtime Republican Rep. Jerry Lewis of Redlands (San Bernardino County). Lewis, who is under federal investigation for his ties to lobbyists and contractors, wrote...
  • CA: Judge: UC can't decide executive pay packages behind doors

    08/04/2006 12:09:44 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 351+ views
    BERKELEY A judge has ruled that University of California regents can't decide how much to pay top executives behind closed doors, although they may hold discussions on the issue in private. The ruling this week by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Winifred Smith came in response to a suit by the San Francisco Chronicle. The newspaper sought to make the compensation committee of UC's Board of Regents discuss executive pay in public. Previously, committees have arrived at recommendations on executive pay in private and then the full board has voted on those recommendations in public. Smith ruled that regents' committees...
  • CA: Easy spending (UC System approved large raises for top executives last week)

    07/28/2006 8:46:42 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 352+ views
    Riverside Press-Enterprise ^ | 7/28/06 | Editorial
    The University of California's Board of Regents should show more respect for the taxpayers. The UC system is embroiled in a scandal over secret compensation deals and lavish perks. So what do the regents do last week? Approve large raises for top executives. Few of us would begrudge UC employees a modest raise to cover the rising cost of living. But the regents last week approved $770,000 in raises for 71 UC executives, some getting pay hikes of as much as 15 percent. "They have the greatest disparity to the comparable positions elsewhere," Judith Hopkinson, chairman of the regents' compensation...
  • CA: Illegal immigrants find room at colleges - UC system has supported policy

    07/24/2006 12:02:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 991+ views
    ap on San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 7/24/06 | Juliana Barbassa - ap
    SAN FRANCISCO – When he started high school, Matias Bernal's English was so limited he stumbled over the words for numbers and colors. Four years later, he was on the wait list at Princeton. Bernal is an illegal immigrant from Mexico City. Without access to financial aid, grants and most scholarships, he had to push aside the Ivy League brochures and prepare to attend California State University Fresno, where he can live with family and pay tuition with money from jobs he is not supposed to have. “I was crushed,” he said. About 65,000 illegal immigrants graduate from U.S. high...
  • CA: UC regents allow dozens of executives to keep improper pay

    07/21/2006 8:19:45 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 390+ views
    The University of California's Board of Regents created three high-ranking jobs to supervise the system's troubled finances Thursday, the same day it agreed to let about 60 top executives keep some $1 million in extra compensation they weren't supposed to get. The regents retroactively approved the raises and other perks, most of which audits had revealed were obtained by the president's office without going through the proper channels. Three separate audits - performed by the Bureau of State Audits, an outside firm and the university's internal auditor - were launched after the San Francisco Chronicle reported that executives were getting...
  • CA: Some UC execs to get more money / Board to vote on how to slice up $770,000 pie

    07/19/2006 9:56:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 268+ views ^ | 7/19/06 | Tanya Schevitz
    An undisclosed number of UC executives will share $770,000 in pay raises to be discussed today behind closed doors by a key committee of the University of California Board of Regents. It will be the second round of pay hikes for some of the senior managers, who got an average 2.5 percent annual salary boost in November. ... --snip-- The names of those in line for the raises were not disclosed. ... --snip-- Because UC officials refused to release specifics on the pay package, it is unclear exactly how many of the university system's 300 top executives -- chancellors, vice...
  • Cal State University secretly paid departing execs millions

    07/17/2006 9:24:19 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 476+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 7/17/06 | AP - San FRancisco
    SAN FRANCISCO California State University secretly paid millions of dollars to outgoing campus presidents and top executives, in some cases keeping them on the payroll up to five years after leaving office. Neither the chancellor nor trustees at the nation's largest public university system publicly disclosed the "transition pay," lucrative consulting contracts and tenured teaching positions, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday. Chancellor Charles B. Reed said his office spent as much as $4 million over the past decade for "special assignments" and paid leave for former campus presidents and vice chancellors. Reed said in a June 23 e-mail to...
  • UC Gave Millions in Low-Interest Home Loans - 702 millions worth

    07/14/2006 8:29:25 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 690+ views
    ap on LA Times ^ | 7/14/06 | AP - San FRancisco
    SAN FRANCISCO — The University of California has awarded $702 million in low-interest home loans to executives, faculty and staffers, including some to employees who did not qualify under university policy. There are nearly 2,000 active university-issued loans, most carrying interest rates of 3% to 4%, but some with much lower rates, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Thursday. Officials with the 10-campus system refused to reveal who received the money, citing employee confidentiality. But they released some details, including an unidentified UC Berkeley professor who was given a $250,000 home loan with an interest rate of 0.5% a year. An...
  • CA: Low-rate loans for UC's elite on homes - Some less than 2 percent -- system won't divulge names

    07/13/2006 6:05:17 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 596+ views ^ | 7/13/06 | Todd Wallack
    The University of California has issued thousands of low-interest home loans to executives, faculty members and other selected employees but has refused to reveal who received the money. That includes an unidentified UC Berkeley professor who received a $250,000 home loan at one-half of 1 percent interest a year -- far less interest than any bank would demand. ... --snip-- The university provided data showing there are nearly 2,000 active loans totaling $702 million but cited employee confidentiality in refusing to identify the recipients. In dozens of cases, UC wouldn't even reveal the titles of people who received the loans....
  • Martyrs? Hardly(UC chancellor suicide)

    07/08/2006 9:32:09 AM PDT · by radar101 · 21 replies · 1,146+ views
    San Diego Union ^ | 8 JULY 2006 | San Diego Union Editor
    The suicide of ailing UC Santa Cruz Chancellor Denice Denton – a pioneer among women scientists – was a wrenching personal tragedy. Unfortunately, however, Denton's death is now being used by another former UC executive to suggest sexism and homophobia helped fuel the bitter controversy of the past year over UC's extravagant, arguably illegal, compensation policies. Denton was one of many UC officials of both sexes to draw fire – in her case because UC spent $600,000 renovating her Santa Cruz home (including a $30,282 dog run for her pets) and hired her longtime partner, Gretchen Kalonji, to a $192,000-a-year...
  • CA: UC takes step toward oversight

    06/17/2006 9:48:45 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 195+ views
    University of California officials have formed search committees for three new administrative posts to help improve fiscal oversight and management following a compensation controversy. The new positions are a chief operating officer and a chief financial officer who will oversee non-academic functions within the UC Office of the President and a compliance officer who will ensure that university practices and policies are followed. A number of reviews into UC pay practices found that administrators routinely circumvented or ignored policies in order to secure better salary deals for top executives. Salary ranges for the jobs are still being finalized, a university...
  • A Startling Statistic at UCLA .. only 96 blacks are expected in this fall's freshman class.

    06/03/2006 5:25:16 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 127 replies · 2,733+ views
    LA Times ^ | 6/3/06 | Rebecca Trounson
    This fall 4,852 freshmen are expected to enroll at UCLA, but only 96, or 2%, are African American — the lowest figure in decades and a growing concern at the Westwood campus. For several years, students, professors and administrators at UCLA have watched with discouragement as the numbers of black students declined. But the new figures, released this week, have shocked many on campus and prompted school leaders to declare the situation a crisis. UCLA — which boasts such storied black alumni as Jackie Robinson, Tom Bradley and Ralph Bunche, and is in a county that is 9.8% African American...
  • CA: UC regents get driven around in luxury cars - At board meetings, (cost 10X that of cabs)

    06/02/2006 9:51:39 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 426+ views ^ | 6/2/06 | Tanya Schevitz
    The University of California spent more than $90,000 last year to shuttle members of the governing Board of Regents around town in a caravan of chauffeur-driven luxury cars during five meetings in the Bay Area. The cost to taxpayers was roughly 10 times that of hailing the regents a cab, a Chronicle analysis found. "The number is a bit flabbergasting," said Patrick Callan, president of the nonprofit National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. ... --snip-- Since November, the 10-campus UC system has been swept up in a controversy over tens of millions of dollars in hidden perks and...
  • CA: Firing offense (UC system under the 'scope)

    05/23/2006 8:29:52 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 253+ views
    Riverside Press-Enterprise ^ | 5/23/06 | Editorial
    Getting fired for incompetence from the University of California system is apparently harder than it looks. How else to explain how UC President Robert Dynes kept his job? But if the UC Board of Regents wishes to stick with the current administration, the board had better explain how it plans to forestall further UC compensation abuses. The regents on Thursday supported Dynes despite his presiding over hundreds of secret executive pay deals totaling tens of millions of dollars. Over the past five years, three under Dynes' watch, the president's office approved more than 700 "separation agreements" -- a euphemism for...
  • CA: Regents give UC's chief another chance

    05/19/2006 9:36:40 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 223+ views
    Riverside Press-Enterprise ^ | 5/19/06 | Marisa Agha
    SAN FRANCISCO - University of California President Robert Dynes gets to keep his job, butthe Board of Regents pledged Thursday to watch him more closely after outrage about millions of dollars in overpayments to top administrators that prompted calls for his resignation. The regents met in closed session for much of Thursday morning, discussing the situation with Dynes, before announcing their decision to allow him to stay. They pledged to increase their oversight of UC pay practices and policies. Dynes has been under fire since last fall, when reports emerged saying that UC administrators withheld information from regents and the...
  • CA: Regents back embattled UC president

    05/18/2006 7:57:09 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 236+ views
    ap on San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 5/18/06 | Michelle Locke - ap
    SAN FRANCISCO – University of California President Robert C. Dynes, under fire over millions of dollars in bonuses and other perks secretly paid to top executives, got the support of his board Thursday. “He is the appropriate leader to resolve these issues and guide the university through this difficult chapter in its history,” UC Board of Regents Chairman Gerald Parsky said. Smiles and applause greeted the statement, read as the board held its regular meeting in San Francisco. Still, the regents had some stern words for their president, saying they “hold him accountable for the university's compensation problems and he...
  • UC chief raked as new pay deals are revealed -

    05/18/2006 9:16:32 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 233+ views ^ | 5/18/06 | Tanya Schevitz, Todd Wallack
    UC regents and state lawmakers harshly criticized the University of California's pay practices Wednesday as an internal audit revealed scores of violations of university policy and UC President Robert Dynes admitted to a culture in his office of "trying to get away with as much as possible and disclose as little as possible." University auditors told the UC Board of Regents they had found that 143 exceptions to the university's compensation policies had been made to give extra pay or benefits to 113 senior managers. That's on top of the 91 exceptions identified last month by PricewaterhouseCoopers auditors for a...
  • CA: Students, staff, lawmakers demand answers in executive pay flap

    05/17/2006 5:59:09 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 222+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 5/17/06 | Michelle Locke - ap
    University of California President Robert C. Dynes said Wednesday "overactive secrecy," helped create a situation where millions in perks were quietly doled out to top executives. Fallout over the extra compensation intensified with some calling for Dynes to resign. But it was unclear whether he had lost the confidence of UC's governing Board of Regents the only people with the authority to fire him. Regents met behind closed doors Wednesday to discuss Dynes' role in approving violations of UC pay policies and board Chairman Gerald Parsky said he would have no comment on UC leadership until Thursday. Concerns about how...
  • CA: Dynes to face regents, could lose UC post

    05/16/2006 7:29:04 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 214+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 5/16/06 | Eleanor Yang
    Robert C. Dynes, the president of the University of California, holds one of the most influential and visible positions in American higher education – and he faces the possibility of losing it. For months, Dynes, a physicist and former chancellor at UC San Diego, has struggled to emerge from a controversy over undisclosed pay and perks for UC executives and faculty. To some, Dynes is a victim, someone who inherited a culture that defied university rules and has simply followed the practices of his predecessor. To others, Dynes is an ineffective administrator who, despite assurances, cannot be trusted to make...
  • CA: Chronicle to sue for open regents panel (Cmte. mtg on top UC officials' pay set for next week)

    05/12/2006 7:07:30 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 122+ views ^ | 5/12/06 | Bob Egelko
    The Chronicle has notified the University of California that it will ask an Alameda County judge today to order a UC Board of Regents committee to meet in public next week when it votes on pay proposals for high-ranking officials, according to the newspaper's lawyers. In a suit to be filed in Superior Court, The Chronicle argues that a closed-door committee meeting scheduled next Wednesday violates the state's open-meeting laws. The newspaper's lawyers plan to ask for a court order at a hearing today to require a public session. --snip-- In response, the university's general counsel, James Holst, said the...
  • CA: UC regime change

    05/09/2006 9:31:14 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 288+ views
    Riverside Press-Enterprise ^ | 5/9/06 | Editorial
    Robert Dynes says he has "quite a unique opportunity" to redefine the office of the president of the University of California in the wake of the executive compensation scandal. He's correct. The office of the president needs to change -- beginning with its occupant. Within the past month, a UC Regents task force and two outside audits of the university reached the same conclusion: UC violated its own policies when giving employees millions of dollars in bonuses and perks. Dynes "either knew about all of these secret compensation deals and looked the other way, or he was completely unaware of...
  • CA: UC President Dynes Fell Asleep at the Wheel

    05/08/2006 8:54:58 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 431+ views
    FlashReport ^ | 5/8/06 | Jeff Denham
    An institute of higher education should be a pillar in our community. A university should not be average, but it should shine bright. It should be looked upon with reverence, integrity and above all else, it should be held to a higher standard. I believe many of our colleges and universities not only meet these high standards, but exceed them. Unfortunately, when one university or one school system, does something inappropriate, and then tries to cover it up, then all universities are impacted by the one who dropped below public expectations. Of course, I am talking about the Office of...
  • Change at UC - For a new direction, Dynes needs to step down

    05/07/2006 11:28:12 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 360+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 5/7/06 | Editorial
    The audits just keep coming. The whopping revelations just keep mounting. The University of California just keeps shelling out, mired in a longtime culture that has to change. Examples from the just-released report of the state auditor illustrate the problems, past and present. Eight years ago, UC San Francisco granted the senior vice chancellor for finance and administrative services loans totaling $1.2 million on sweet terms, including buying back his house near campus for $643,000. Just two months ago – with the pay controversy roiling, UC Board of Regents in high dudgeon and UC President Bob Dynes promising reform –...
  • CA: Embattled UC president defiant over recruitment policy

    05/07/2006 11:23:16 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 357+ views ^ | 5/7/06 | Rick DelVecchio
    Some people want Bob Dynes' head, but the University of California president isn't about to give it to them. "Do I look like I'm crumbling?" Dynes shot back when asked during an hourlong interview Thursday whether he were more the type to harden under pressure or crumble. Dynes' comments came the day after three state senators called for him to be replaced over revelations of hidden executive compensation, and two days after the Bureau of State Audits blistered UC officials for, among other things, circumventing compensation policies set by the governing Board of Regents. Dynes answered those blasts indirectly at...
  • CA: State senators call for UC president's ouster (Robert Dynes)

    05/03/2006 10:02:17 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 336+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 5/3/06 | Michelle Maitre
    Three state senators called Wednesday for the ouster of University of California President Robert Dynes over a pay-perk controversy that has roiled the prestigious public research institution. Sens. Abel Maldonado, R-Santa Maria, and Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, called on Dynes to resign at a news conference in Sacramento. In a related move, Sen. Jeff Denham, R-Merced, called UC Regents Chairman Gerald Parsky and asked him to fire Dynes. ``Dynes still doesn't get it,'' Denham said in a statement. ``While at times, he has been a good cheerleader for the UC, he has been a horrible manager. He seems to think...
  • CA: State audit faults UC for shoddy pay practices

    05/02/2006 7:01:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 243+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 5/2/06 | Michelle Maitre
    An independent state audit into University of California compensation practices portrays a pay structure run amok, where officials regularly bent the rules to secure better deals for top administrators and a shoddy centralized bookkeeping system provided inadequate checks and balances on pay matters. As a result, the university overpaid at least one employee nearly $130,000, padded the retirement-covered compensation of others, and provided housing allowances and other perks far in excess of amounts allowed under policy. The audit said many of the deals were not reported to the public and UC's own governing board. All told, UC handed out $334...
  • CA: State audit finds UC execs got millions in extra compensation

    05/02/2006 4:52:31 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 359+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/2/06 | Michelle Locke - ap
    A state audit found University of California administrators skirted their own pay rules, giving senior managers millions more in bonuses, relocation packages and other perks than their publicly reported salaries. The report, released Tuesday, is the latest in a series of probes highlighting irregularities in how the 10-campus system rewards its leaders. The revelations, first reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, have been an embarrassment for the prestigious system, particularly since they cover a period when UC officials raised student fees substantially in response to state funding cuts. The audit drew sharp responses from legislators, with state Sen. Jackie Speier,...
  • CA: UC said to break meeting laws - Exec pay votes must be open, counsel says

    05/02/2006 10:25:41 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 365+ views ^ | 5/2/06 | Todd Wallack
    The state Legislature's legal adviser says the University of California regents have violated state open-meeting laws by voting behind closed doors on executive pay packages. In a 12-page opinion, the Office of Legislative Counsel wrote that the state Education Code requires regents' committees to meet in public whenever they take action on compensation proposals involving the president, chancellors and certain other top executives. The regents have held at least a dozen such meetings in private during the past five years, UC records show. --snip-- "It is our opinion that a standing committee of the Board of Regents of the University...
  • CA: UC executives' tax forms to be corrected following audit

    05/01/2006 7:44:39 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 239+ views
    University of California officials said Monday they are fixing the tax forms of more than a dozen executives, after an audit found their pay wasn't reported correctly. UC President Robert C. Dynes said he and 19 other senior managers will get corrected W-2 forms for benefits the university did not properly report as taxable compensation. UC executive pay has been an issue for several months following a series of articles in the San Francisco Chronicle reporting that UC quietly paid top leaders millions in stipends and other compensation at a time when student fees were being hiked to offset state...
  • Audit Results Add to UC Pay Concerns

    04/25/2006 10:29:28 PM PDT · by Jubal Harshaw · 4 replies · 445+ views ^ | April 25, 2006 | Rebecca Trounson
    For the last decade, University of California leaders systematically failed to disclose to UC's governing board the details of pay packages and perquisites granted to senior executives, despite policies requiring such disclosure, according to an audit released Monday. .... At UCLA on Monday, Dynes noted that the situation was especially troubling in light of a similar controversy more than a decade ago, when UC was criticized for excessive compensation to departing executives. .... The report noted about $23,000 in undisclosed expenses for Dynes [the current UC president .... The report also noted that some compensation for a number of employees,...
  • Report: UC gave many top execs unapproved compensation

    04/24/2006 4:59:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 319+ views ^ | 4/24/06 | Todd Wallack
    OAKLAND - The University of California gave most of its top executives extra bonuses, car allowances or other compensation that wasn't approved by the governing board of regents, according to a report presented today by the university's outside auditors. In fact, the audit by PricewaterhouseCoopers found that the UC system gave more than two-thirds of its top managers extra pay or benefits as an exception to university policies or procedures without approval from the regents. And much of that pay was never disclosed to the public as required by the regents' policies. While UC's Office of the President was supposed...
  • UC pays salary of ex-lab chief in Virginia job (pact lets Nanos qualify for retirement plan)

    04/23/2006 11:51:24 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 277+ views ^ | 4.23.06 | Tanya Schevitz
    When the director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory resigned last year, the University of California, which runs the lab, agreed to keep him on the payroll in a new job for up to 28 months so he would qualify for the university's retirement plan, according to a copy of the director's separation agreement obtained by The Chronicle. The university is paying the annual $235,000 salary of G. Peter Nanos -- at a likely total cost of about $548,333. He is now at a job with the Defense Department's Defense Threat Reduction Agency in Virginia, which is trying to develop...
  • Asian-Americans Largest Percentage Of UC Freshman Class

    04/19/2006 8:30:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies · 1,063+ views
    NBC11 ^ | April 19, 2006
    BERKELEY, Calif. -- The number of freshman heading off to college this fall in the University of California system will be at an all-time high. Asian-Americans top the list of freshman with 19,896. U-C officials say more than 55-thousand students who applied were accepted, a new record for the system. This fall's record admission beat last year's, which was also a record, by about ten percent. Officials say a relatively stable state funding situation meant U-C was able to follow a tradition of finding a place somewhere in the system for all students who met eligibility requirements. Students have until...
  • CA: UC at it again - Cover-up belies Dynes' vow of openness

    02/13/2006 8:29:26 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 220+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 2/13/06 | Editorial
    It took all of 48 hours for University of California President Robert Dynes' vow to begin a new era of honesty and transparency on compensation issues to be undercut by fresh examples of institutional arrogance and secrecy. Last Wednesday, Dynes appeared before a state Senate committee to take questions after a series of newspaper reports detailed how UC officials had hidden millions of dollars in compensation for top executives and given sweetheart deals to departing officials. Many of these deals were cut without the required approval of UC regents. Many blatantly violated policies the UC system adopted in the early...
  • CA: Task force blames UC pay flap on failed oversight, accountability

    04/13/2006 8:50:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 246+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 4/13/06 | Louise Chu - ap
    The University of California's procedures for reporting executive pay are "wholly unacceptable" and must be overhauled, a task force said Thursday. More financial oversight and public accountability is needed after reports showed UC gave executives millions in bonuses and other perks while student fees were raised to offset funding cutbacks, according to findings presented to UC's governing Board of Regents. The report pointed to a university culture of secrecy, further complicated by vague policies and lack of oversight. The report blamed President Robert C. Dynes and other leaders for failing repeatedly to fully disclose executive packages to regents and said...