Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Can UCLA Learn from UW-Madison's "Privatization" Efforts?

We need guinea pigs and I thank my friends at UW-Madison for teaching us these lessons.   I don't believe that UCLA needs Sacramento's $.   Sacramento would clearly like to give my campus less $.  It appears to me that there are "gains to trade".   To quote Mel Gibson in the movie Braveheart;  "Freedom".     We will learn to compete with Stanford and USC in head to head competition.  We will raise our tuition (and we won't lose market share due to our offering an increasingly high quality of undergraduate education) and we will raise our merit scholarship aid.  Poor students will actually pay less to attend UCLA.  The upper middle class will pay more.  If people refuse to pay our sticker price then there are other fine schools they can choose to attend.   Excellence means that you can raise your price without losing customers and I think that we are excellent and will become even better once we have secure revenue streams that strange political cycles cannot endanger.  

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Smith, a McDonald's All-American at Kentwood High, south of Seattle, instead headed to Westwood. His emergence as the Pac-10's dominant center and one of the nation's rising stars in the paint has coincided with the Bruins' return to the top of the conference standings and most likely the NCAA Tournament later this month.

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Why isn't the market for Professors more like the market for NBA players. NBA players seem to lack a tremendous amount of loyalty to any specific team. Think of all of the teams Shaq has been on or how Lebron left Cleveland for Miami. While all of these players are competitive and want to win a championship, the players themselves don't really care too much about winning with any specific team.

Why do Professors such as yourself personally care about how highly UCLA is rated as a University? Aren't you professionally judged by the quality of the scholarship you produce as evidenced in the number of papers you produce and how much others cite them? Would your academic reputation or income be changed if you jumped ship for USC, Caltech or Pepperdine assuming you wanted to stay in Southern California or if you went to some other University if you didn't feel a desire to stay in Southern California?

I guess I am curious when the University of California orders across the board cutbacks as a budget saving measure why don't Professors such as yourself just leave for green pastures instead of complaining about the cutbacks? In the NBA the players leave for the higher payouts why don't the Professors? Especially the Professors of Economics? You have written extensively about how incentives will help to mitigate climate change. Yet incentives don't personally seem to be effecting your choice of employment? Why is this the case?