Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Berkeley’s budget challenge: reduce, rethink, restructure - UC Berkeley

“For a variety of reasons, both internal and external,” the chancellor wrote then, “we face a substantial and growing structural deficit, one that we cannot long sustain. “ Dirks took the stage this week in Sibley Auditorium to flesh out that news, and to take questions during a 90-minute roundtable co-sponsored by the Berkeley Staff Assembly and the Chancellor’s Staff Advisory Committee. He was joined by Claude Steele, Berkeley’s executive vice chancellor and provost, Rosemarie Rae, its chief financial officer, and Andrew Szeri, vice provost for strategic academic and facilities planning. Their message was that the campus faces a deficit in the neighborhood of $150 million for this fiscal year and has embarked on what Steele termed “a broadly consultative process” to review all areas of the campus for potential changes that would better position Berkeley for the future. The goal, they said, is smoothing out a recurring pattern of expansion and contraction — and maintaining Berkeley’s place as the nation’s top public university. https://news.berkeley.edu/2016/03/11/berkeleys-budget-challenge/

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