It’s always a pleasure to read Bob Samuels, especially when he’s cutting through the horse manure spread by the central oligarchy that runs the University of California. Recently Mark Yudof spent some time smashing what he calls a “baker’s dozen” of myths about his schools. These include claims like there are too many climbing walls and there are too many administrators. Wrong, said Yudof. State funding is down and professors are teaching.
Well, it’s not so simple. Samuels digs deeper and finds many loopholes in Yudof’s claims. For instance, the calculation that shows that 61% of the credit hours are taught by tenure track faculty isn’t accurate because no one tracks how many courses are taught by grad students. We just know about lecturers and 39% of the classes are taught by people who can’t get tenure. Whoo hoo.
My favorite dodge is how Yudof uses system wide stats to obscure local thinking. So Yudof doesn’t address the fact that 30+% of Berkeley’s undergraduates are high paying out-of-staters. He just talks about all of the colleges and includes the ones that no one in their right mind would pay $50k+. Anyone sane would send their kid to their local state school instead of paying for the non-Berkeleys. Clever.