Thursday, October 3, 2013
Aint that a shame?
The Daily Bruin version, based on the release, is at:
According to the media release, it was "shameful" that the plaintiffs had included the donors. Actually, there are other aspects - not mentioned in the media release - that are a shame, as this blog has pointed out many times. It is a shame that UCLA (and other UC campuses) are focusing donations on physical plant rather than human capital. It is a shame that the Regents have no independent review capacity for reviewing hundreds of millions of dollars of capital projects that are quickly passed before them and ultimately rubber-stamp the plans. It is a shame that at Regents meetings, the governor focuses on the petty cash drawer - MOOCs and online education - while ignoring the trainloads of money in capital projects whizzing by. It is a shame that donor money is somehow regarded as not subject to trade-offs. (Channeling more of it into X means less available for Y.)
Ain't that a shame?