A modest proposal for the University of California
UC schools shouldn't count on state funds for financial stability, as California barely balanced its just-passed budget. Here's a proposal for keeping UC schools great.
Mathew is an economics professor at UCLA and has written three books: Green Cities (Brookings Institution Press); Heroes and Cowards (Princeton University Press, jointly with Dora L. Costa); and in fall 2010, Climatopolis: How Our Cities Will Thrive in the Hotter World (Basic Books).
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Permit me to offer my alternative plan for keeping the University of California great.
2. Out of state students will be 40% of the entering class each. This will allow us to continue to attract excellent students and attract new blood to California.
3. Given that faculty are the intellectual center of research and teaching at the UC, funds will be used to recruit and retain excellent faculty of all ranks. The university will make a serious investment in offering more PHD student stipends to attract excellent students.
4. The UC will recognize that Sacramento will no longer be an important source of revenue for the University. The University will mimic private universities such as USC, Dartmouth and Princeton and begin a a major effort to connect with successful past graduates.
5. The University will commit to each Department to a five year planning horizon so that each Department knows exactly how many faculty slots it will be allowed to fill each year. Smoothed Budgeting will be implemented to insure departments against wild "boom and bust" cycles that lower morale and lead to anger and frustration. This consistent planning will send clear signals to risk averse faculty concerning the direction for their Department.
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