First meeting of the Gould Commission scheduled

UCOP’s press release:

The University of California Commission on the Future will meet for the first time on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at UC San Francisco’s Mission Bay Community Center. The commission was created by Board of Regents Chairman Russell S. Gould to help ensure excellence, innovation and access to opportunity across the UC system amid acute financial challenges. The commission is co-chaired by Gould and UC President Mark G. Yudof.; they will open the meeting at 1:30 p.m. and describe the charge to the commission. Jane V. Wellman, executive director of the Delta Project on Postsecondary Education Costs, Productivity and Accountability, will deliver the keynote speech following their remarks.

The commission and five working groups — focusing on the size and shape of UC, its education and curriculum, access and affordability, funding strategies and research strategies — will meet seven times through March 2010 to consider, among other issues:

  • What is the right size and shape of the university going forward? Where should it grow, or should it?
  • What educational delivery models will both maintain quality and improve efficiency for UC’s future?
  • How can UC maximize traditional and alternative revenue streams in support of the mission?

A live audio broadcast of the meeting will be accessible at The agenda is posted at

  • WHEN: 1:30-5 p.m. PDT
    Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009
  • WHERE: Fisher Banquet Room, Mission Bay Community Center
    1675 Owens St.
    University of California, San Francisco, Mission Bay Campus
  • RSVP: Media representatives planning to attend are encouraged to RSVP to Alfred White, UCOP Communications.

Electronic media should mention any special logistical needs as they RSVP.

Directions to the Mission Bay Community Center (1675 Owens St.):

Parking is available, for a fee, in the Community Center parking garage.

UCSF shuttles run regularly from the 16th Street-Mission BART station to the community center. Shuttle timetables (red line) are available online.

2 Responses to “First meeting of the Gould Commission scheduled”

  1. Milan Moravec says:

    Save $3 million for UC and UCB: right now Regent Gould!!!$3 Million spending by UCBerkeley Chancellor Birgeneau to Hire Consultants – When Work Can Be Done Internally and impartially by world-class faculty and staff
    These days, every dollar counts.
    Do the work internally at no additional costs with UCB Academic Senate Leadership (C. Kutz/F. Doyle), the world – class UCB faculty/ staff, & the UCB Chancellor’s bloated staff (G. Breslauer, N. Brostrom, F. Yeary, P. Hoffman, C. Holmes etc) & President Yudof.
    President Yudof’s UCB Chancellor should do the high paid work he is paid for instead of hiring expensive East Coast consults to do the work of his job. ‘World class’ smart executives like Chancellor Birgeneau need to do the hard work analysis, and make the tough-minded difficult, decisions to identify inefficiencies.
    Where do the $3,000,000 consultants get their recommendations?
    From interviewing the UCB senior management that hired them and approves their monthly consultant fees and expense reports. Remember the nationally known auditing firm who said the right things and submitted recommendations that senior management wanted to hear and fooled the public, state, federal agencies?
    $3 million impartial consultants never bite the hands (Birgeneau/Yeary) that feed them!
    Mr. Birgeneau’s accountabilities include “inspiring innovation, leading change.” This involves “defining outcomes, energizing others at all levels and ensuring continuing commitment.” Instead of deploying his leadership and setting a good example by doing the work of his Chancellor’s job, Mr. Birgeneau outsourced his work to the $3,000,000 consultants. Doesn’t he engage UC and UC Berkeley people at all levels to examine inefficiencies and recommend $150 million of trims? Hasn’t he talked to Cornell and the University of North Carolina – which also hired the consultants — about best practices and recommendations that will eliminate inefficiencies?
    No wonder the faculty, staff, students, Senate & Assembly are angry and suspicious.
    In today’s economy three million dollars is a irresponsible price to pay when a knowledgeable ‘world-class’ UCB Chancellor and his bloated staff do not do the work of their jobs.
    Together, we will make a difference.

  2. Doye O Sivils says:

    These days ever dollar counts at UC & UCB. Why does one of the top universities in the world have to spend $3 million of taxpayer money for consultants to do what should be done internally by UCB Chancellor Birgeneau?
    Who teaches auditors how to audit? Do UC professors not have the knowledge to perform what they teach?
    Having firsthand knowledge of consulting, I know one cardinal rule, “Don’t bite the hand that pays you.”
    These days ever dollar counts
    In a nutshell, we have a high-paid, skilled UCB Chancellor who is unable or unwilling to do the job he is paid to do. Why do we wonder that UC and California are in a financial crisis!
    I’m sure taxpayers would not object to the $3 million payout if the money is reimbursed by taking money from the UCB Chancellor’s salary over the next 10 years.
    Stop the spending of $3,000,000 on consultants by President Yudof and the UCB Chancellor Birgeneau Regent Gould and do the job impartially and internally with the world-class faculty and staff!!!!

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