first_imgDouble-digit raises for presidents of the state university system? Something’s wrong here. But it’s complicated. The real problem is that misguided federal government policies are pricing California’s public universities out of the market when it comes to salaries for university presidents, deans, faculty members and others. Almost nobody notices what’s going on until California State University trustees try to put the system on a more competitive level. That’s what happened last week, when the board gave 26 top CSU executives pay raises averaging 11.8percent. CSU Dominguez Hills President Mildred Garcia will not receive a pay hike, however, because she is a new hire. In this case, you might say that some universities have figured out how to game the system. For example, when a state government cuts its support, the state university just jacks up tuition and then looks to the federal government to match the increase with grants and guaranteed student loans. When that works, then comes even higher tuition that pays for higher and higher salaries for faculty, deans and presidents. The costs simply get passed along to students, often in the form of financially crippling loans. Universities that struggle to keep tuition low soon find they can’t compete for many of the best qualified candidates for jobs on the faculty or in management, including presidents. California’s state universities, and to a lesser extent the UC system, are among those trying to keep tuition low. At Cal State Dominguez Hills, tuition and fees amount to about $3,400, which is far under the national average. Of the costs of educating a student, only 20 percent comes from tuition and fees, compared to the national average of 35 percent. When that formula isn’t rich enough, the high-tuition campuses pull in out-of-state students, who pay even more. Also, at a university with very high tuition, such as Harvard, grants and loans are based on a “sticker price” of $44,000, when the average is only $28,000. A parent paying $44,000 must feel like it’s the sucker price, and so should the feds. Campuses with the high sticker prices win two ways. Not only does the revenue pour in, but some parents believe the high prices must mean high quality, and they line up to pay more. Some of that growing gusher goes to recruit faculty, deans and presidents with salaries that go as high as a million dollars a year. California can’t play in that league. This system needs fixing. As it happens, Cal State Long Beach’s president, F. King Alexander, has become a leader in a national effort to bring more fairness to the system. If he can help pull that off, he will be worth far more to California than those recent pay increases.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgMET Eireann, Donegal County Council and gardai are all appealing for motorists to SLOW DOWN on the roads today because of ice on our roads.Donegal County Council staff worked through the night gritting major routes, but with scattered showers washing away grit, it is still leaving dangerous conditions.The Barnesmore Gap was particularly bad last night, say donegaldaily.com readers. The roads around all the major towns are also treacherous with reports of black ice in Letterkenny, Moville, Carndonagh, Convoy, Lifford, Twin Towns, Ballyshannon, Donegal Town, Glenties, Gaoth Dobhair and Ardara badly affected. (Thanks to everyone for your emails – you can send updates to [email protected]).Met Eireann has issued an Ice Warning and says the worst of the frost is affecting inland areas. The BBC in the North has also issued a similar warning.The forecaster is also predicting that milder weather will arrive in Donegal by the end of the weekend.Met Eireann has repeated its prediction that Christmas Day will see temperatures of around 10C here in Ireland. The Daily Express in Britain is saying this today about the predicted weather over there (http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/290470/It-s-a-white-Christmas-)Meanwhile ESB workers from Letterkenny have been drafted into Co Derry to help repair broken power lines in the Sperrins.Several pylons lost electricity cables due to heavy snow earlier this week.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comSLOW DOWN – MAJOR ICE WARNING ON ROADS TODAY was last modified: December 17th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegaldonegaldaily.comice warningroads warninglast_img read more