In past blogs, we have noted things that students do that cause problems for UC in its current budget negotiations (such as the flag incident at Irvine). However, there are also self-inflicted administrative wounds that put UC in the running for the fiasco awards, such as the sad tale of UCPath, the yet-to-arrive computer payroll system. We have previously blogged on that matter, too. Just to illustrate the ongoing PR damage from that fiasco, consider the item below from the San Diego Union-Tribune:
we go again: The University of California system has added its name to
the long list of state agencies that have had costly debacles when
upgrading computers. And UC’s debacle is one of the worst. University
leaders in 2009 adopted a four-year, $170 million plan to create one
central payroll for all UC campuses, medical centers and offices.
According to a Sacramento Bee report, the project is far from done and
is $50 million over budget. Rather
incredibly, the office of UC President Janet Napolitano won’t even
provide a forecast of when the project will be complete or what its
final cost will be... Napolitano’s and UC’s handling of this
fiasco goes a long way toward confirming the suspicions of Gov. Jerry
Brown and many state lawmakers that UC’s finances and management are a
mess. It also suggests that the real reason UC has resisted fiscal
scrutiny isn’t because of opposition to micromanagement. It’s because UC
officials have so much to hide...