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Alfred L Moniot MD July 14, 2013 at 10:26 PM
I was a Radiology Resident and Clinical Asst Professor of Nuclear Medicine at UCSD in the '70's.
Sure happy I left CA!
ret expat MD: NBME; ABIM; ABNM; ABR w/spec comp NR and 46 years in medicine
Brilliant article, Heather! And I rarely ever use the term "brilliant." Somehow I will create a cartoon from it. I would be interesting to observe diversocrat meetings and read their missives. Of course, a good part of their superficial foundation is bolstered with superficial lingo, neologisms, and other hocus-pocus. It is all part of Educationism and degrees in education. To read through one of those education textbooks without falling into a severe coma would be an amazing challenge. BTW, I specialize in caustically critical cartoons on academe and academics. Thanks again! (Get a new Captcha response! Yours is next to impossible to read.)

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This was an excellent article. To the extent that contemporary universities can be said to have an ideological focus, diversity/narcissism us it.
When will the adults retake command?
this is another example of why the federal governments heavy handedness, and political correctness foster the growth of useless bureaucracies that never go out of existence but instead multiply like the leeches they are.first diversity , then the global warming bureaucrats. They must find a cause to stay employed or invent one when one cannot be found
This story sheds some valuable insight into why the cost of higher education is growing at such an alarming rate. However, it leaves many questions unanswered.

It would be interesting to compare the percentage of budget that goes to bureaucrats in state-taxpayer funded schools like UC vs. private colleges. Is UC a particularly egregious example of bureaucratic waste, or are other universities equally bad? And what are the motivations for this waste -- are there federal or state regulations that mandate it, is it done out of fear of litigation or additional regulation, is it empire-building by administrators at higher levels, or is it just political correctness?

I look forward to seeing follow-up articles on this interesting and important story.
Thank you Heather.

I have been impressed by your perceptions and ability to communicate, as well as your guts, since "The Burden of Bad Ideas.

We are lucky that you have chosen to be one of the battering rams to the failed, yet highly resistent, structures put into place by the thought leaders of the left.
So glad womyn like Marye are no longer at NC State.
A good friend of mine recently started teacher training at Salem State in MA. He was disheartened to discover subjects like teaching methods, curriculum development etc. were given short shrift - while subjects like diversity, white privilege, and multiculturism were all in vogue.

And, as someone noted below, nearly all of these 'classes' were taught by WHITE female professors who live in predominately WHITE communities.

If Salem State really wants diversity, these professors, who got their jobs (as they claim all whites did) due to 'white privilege', should be given the boot and minorities hired. What hypocrites.
UC San Diego is the first diversicrat madrassa, and I use the term precisely.
I have always been interested in the lack of talented teachers and instructors at the University I am currently attending, and the abundance of unhelpful unknowledgeable administration. It seems like so many Universities are starting to become like this. Where are the people who control who actually gets hired and how many positions are actually required for things like "diversity"?
Heather so rare to see someone address the real problem we see in America- the desire to measure and analyze what's wrong, not fix it.
The UCSB salaries for these positions could fund about 18 minority students on 4 year, full-ride scholarships.
Put 1 person in the department and let them distribute the funds.
Thank you for this insightful article.
Does it matter that Dr. powell's salary does not come from public university funds, but from an endowment donated privately?
Marc Brenman it is too bad that you are such an unsophisticated ideologue that you cannot see the inherent absurdity of hiring "diversity" administrators in an inherently diverse environment.

Do you genuinely believe that Klan rallies will break out all over California absent the tutelage of these commissars?

Do you genuinely believe that it is wise to cut cancer research in favor of chicano "studies" and other ephemera?

That is truly too bad.
Too bad that Heather MacDonald doesn't like social equity or opportunity at taxpayer supported schools in one of the most demographically diverse states. Guess she wants to retain her unearned privilege...
Thanks Heather, very thought provoking way to look at the dynamics behind the way under-achievers are played by the public education industry. Narcissus was in love with his reflection; not his own humanity or spirituality-but the way he reflected physically. When one is convinced that the superficial image of his reflection is the paragon by which all others will be compared, then this person is ripe for elevation. Placed in his own "group" of "similar" reflections, spares him the need of having to achieve any academic success at all. Affirmative action and diversity programs deny individuals in the un-favored groups an equal path to an education opportunity; it is a racist, hateful, unfair and un-American concept that Must End NOW!
Wow. I am an (old) alum of Cal, and went there when there was a chancellor and maybe two vice chancellors at most. And, not coincidentally, fees (there was no tuition) were about $500 per year.

I've donated modestly in the past, but I'll remember and mention this diversity bureaucracy atrocity next time Cal contacts me for more money. It's really tragic.
Land of Nuts and Berries.
Harvey A. Silverglate October 27, 2011 at 12:08 PM
Heather MacDonald has put her finger right on part of the problem. But the problem is bigger than the "diversity" administrative apparatus. If one looks at all of the bloat in all of the student-life bureaucracies, I suspect the full picture would be even more shocking. In order to get to our current dismal situation, where the higher ed bureaucrats (especially those in the student life arena) outnumber teachers and continue to grow like Topsy, various power centers in higher ed had to completely surrender, which they did. HARVEY A. SILVERGLATE, co-author, THE SHADOW UNIVERSITY: THE BETRAYAL OF LIBERTY ON AMERICA'S CAMPUSES (HarperPerennial paperback).
@Sam: is Christianity a race???
When did study of Torah result in calls for Affirmative Action on behalf of Hasidim?

Typical leftist difficulty in distinguishing complex groups based on ideas/faith and those whose sole merit is reduced to race and racial greivance
Why support your opinions with evidence when you are preaching to the converted? There is no support for the assertion that studying one's background and identity represents narcissism. The evidence is exactly the opposite. Studying one's identity leads to more interest in others' identities. And I'm quite certain if a Christian wanted to study history and background of Christian people, or a Jewish person wanted to study the history and background of Jewish people, this author would not object. Selective, biased criticism.
Yet another insider September 24, 2011 at 4:11 AM
Much of the diversity machine is run by white women at UCSD much to the detriment of the actual minorities on whose back they are building their political careers. When the backlash comes it will hurt the innocent.
It's a hallmark of societies in decline that they keep piling on increasingly less effective and more expensive "solutions" to problems which are no longer problems. I live in Oakland and am frequently in and around the Cal campus. It's hard to imagine a more diverse or less discriminatory place. The UC system deserves some credit for fostering an environment which allowed such diversity to flourish. But ultimately, the students themselves created the climate, over several generations.

The Diversity industry, like the Green Industry, has long since become a boondoggle. But California voters seem in no hurry to wake up. When we do, we will discover we live in Mexico.
California now gives illegal aliens taxpayer funds while American kids get nothing (or they to take out exorbitant student loans)
Absolutamente con Ud es conforme. En esto algo es yo parece esto la idea buena. Soy conforme con Ud.


LRF candidates should submit statements regarding personal contributions to diversity

For the upcoming recruiting year, all candidates for ladder-rank faculty positions should be asked to submit statements regarding their personal contributions to diversity as part of the application process. Each candidate’s past and/or planned contributions to diversity must be evaluated by the search committee during the selection process, and the search committee chair will need to submit an evaluation of each candidate on the short list prior to the interview process. These evaluations will be reviewed during the recruitment process by the divisional Equity Advisor, the Office of Academic Diversity and Equal Opportunity, and the Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Equity before the short list is submitted to the divisional dean for his or her approval.
Here's some more money well spent at UCSD for you:

University of California, San Diego


August 2, 2011


SUBJECT: Call for Nominations for CACGISOI

The Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Gender Identity and Sexual
Orientation Issues (CACGISOI ) is seeking nominations of faculty, staff
and students to serve on the Committee. Formed in 1994, CACGISOI is an
administrative body of UC San Diego faculty, staff and students with a

• To identify and analyze the needs and concerns of lesbian, gay,
bisexual, and transgender and intersex (LGBTI) staff, faculty and
students, alumnae/alumni, and affiliates at UC San Diego;

• To work in conjunction with and in support of the LGBT Resource Center
and other appropriate departments to inform and educate the entire UC
San Diego community about the issues that affect LGBTI community; and

• To advise and make recommendations for policies, procedures and
practices that would improve conditions for the LGBTI community at UC
San Diego.

This charge is in accord with the University of California's
nondiscrimination policy, which states, “…nor does the University
discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. This
policy covers admission, access, and treatment in University programs
and activities, and application for or treatment in University

Selection criteria for the Committee include: Demonstrated support of
the UC San Diego Principles of Community; the ability to serve at least
5 hours a quarter to attend full committee and subcommittee meetings;
and sensitivity to issues of gender identity, sexual orientation and

CACGISOI meets once during each quarter and the subcommittees meet
somewhat more frequently.

If you are interested in serving as the Co-chair of the committee,
please document this on the application. An application may be
downloaded at:

Please return your completed application to GISOI, c/o Glynda Davis, MC
0005, no later than October 2, 2011.

Decisions will be communicated by October 30, 2011.

Lia Friedman and Davey Smith, Co-Chairs,
Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on
Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Issues

University of California (UC) tuition, fee increases are an insult. Californians face mortgage defaults, 12% unemployment, pay reductions, loss of unemployment benefits. No layoff or wage reductions for UC Chancellors, Vice Chancellors, Faculty during greatest recession of modern times.
There is no good reason to raise tuition, fees when wage concessions are available. UC wages must reflect California's ability to pay, not what others are paid. If wages better elsewhere, chancellors, vice chancellors, tenured, non tenured faculty, UCOP apply for the positions. If wages determine commitment to UC Berkeley, leave for better paying position. The sky above the 10 campuses will not fall.
Pitch in (with deeds not words) for all California Democrats, Republicans UC!
No furloughs. UCOP 18% reduction salaries & $50 million cut.
Chancellors’ Vice-Chancellors’, 18% cut. Tenured faculty 15% trim.
Non-Tenured, 10% reduction. Academic Senate, Council remove 100% costs salaries.
It is especially galling to continue to generously compensate chancellors, vice-chancellors, faculty while Californians are making financial sacrifices and faculty, chancellor, vice-chancellor turnover is one of the lowest of public universities.
The message that President Yudof, UC Board of Regent Chair Lansing, UC Berkeley Birgeneau are sending is that they have more concern for generously paid chancellors, faculty. The few at the top need to get a grip on economic reality and fairness.
The California Legislature needs a Bill to oversee higher education salaries, tuition.

Great article, and long overdue, but the author or editor should have excised the unnecessary term "mau-mauing" which is biased slang that will sink the piece for a lot of fair-minded (yes, liberal) folks who despise PC as much or more than y'all do. Despite the apparent good scholarship, the lack of links or sources for claimed facts, also blunts the piece's utility and needlessly gives the opposition something of substance to whine about. Y'all can spel STRATEGY, can't you?
The function of diversity officers is precisely that of the commissars, the political officers attached to every bureau, office, agency, department, and even army division in the USSR. They are there to enforce ideological rigidity, and to make certain that counterrevolutionary forces, in this case simply white heterosexual males, obtain no power or influence.
excellent article. well researched and clearly written. keep up the good work!
Fewer academics
Seems like any faculty or staff member being forced to "contribute to the diversity effort" - most especially politically radical completely mislabeled "social justice" efforts - or for that matter, being forced to contribute to the promotion of green initiatives - should be able to sue the university. Basically there are now political litmus tests for hiring and promotion. Anyone want to represent me?
Starr, to answer your question, it is enough when UCSD can have at least one black face on every website. It's when the statistics indicate minorities are being given "a chance". And it's when top tier researchers and students stop doing business with a school that doesn't have the backbone to be more concerned with substance than appearances.
I counted 13 diversity czars. When is enough "enough"? The more money waste on diversity, the less they hve for the 3 R's: reading, writing and 'rithmatic.
Actually, this diversity expansion is a GOOD thing. Such insane and offensive spending helps undermine public support for the incredibly overrated UC system.

For every dollar they waste on "diversity" nonsense, we taxpayers probably save a $100 or more -- they provide us tax fighters with the ammo we need to block tax increases. As I see it, such misappropriations are worth every penny.
UCSD gets even crazier, changing the name and focus of what used to be the Small Business Fair to the Small Business Diversity Expo:


University of California, San Diego

Procurement & Contracts Division

July 20, 2011


SUBJECT: Small Business Diversity Expo 2011

You are invited to attend a Small Business Diversity Expo 2011 to be
held at the Price Center Ballroom August 9, 2011. Formerly known as the
Small Business Fair, this day-long event will host a variety of small
and disadvantaged vendors who will present their products and services
in a friendly and festive setting. Campus customers that are
responsible for purchasing goods and services will have the opportunity
to meet these vendors and see their line of offerings. When you attend
this event, you will find booths hosted by vendor representatives in
addition to many door prizes and refreshments.

The day's event will feature an entertaining "Scoring Points and Making
Goals" theme with refreshments, entertainment and great door prizes. In
the spirit of the event, please join us in wearing your favorite sport
team jersey!

Date: Wednesday August 9, 2011
Location: UCSD, University Centers Ballroom
Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Sponsored by: UCSD Procurement & Contracts Small Business Development

In the spirit of full disclosure, I turned down the equivalent of affirmative action treatment in my Ivy League master's and doctoral programs in the 1980s. I am a very liberal person, but wanted to know that my education assessed my skills on the basis of my performance, rather than giving me points for accidents of birth. My scholarships already took care of the simple fact that my family was poor and plagued by Rust Belt socioeconomic conditions, and those I had earned on a merit basis. Also, I was raised to base my self esteem on my achievement, not categories. I told a variety of well-meaning professors that if they felt I deserved affirmative action, then in my view that spoke ill of their confidence that I in fact could compete within the institution on my own terms.

Having said that, Ms. MacDonald's piece shows an unfortunate tendency to engage in snarky and loaded language. I would like to be able to pass this piece along to liberal friends, to get the discussion going of much-needed public education reforms, but terms like "mau mauing" and "apparatchik" strike even me as polarizing and petty. It also leads Ms. MacDonald to overlook key points.

For example, she notes that faculty members left UCSD for Rice, supposedly taking with them juicy private sector grants (which she doesn't specify). Later she talks about the $16 million in Haas Foundation grants that these diversity programs have brought to the UC system. Her inconsistent argument would be strengthened by clearer and broader picture thinking: what happens when wealthy families and corporations decide to influence the direction of PUBLIC education and spend millions to do so? What happens to the mission of those institutions? For that is the larger picture. These programs would not exist without wealthy foundations coughing up the megamillions for them, using the public education system as their springboard.

I agree very much that reform of public higher education is necessary--particularly from the standpoint of too many middle managers of programs, removed from anything but the apparent justification of their own existence.

At the same time, my life experience indicates a need for some sort of diversity affirmation support for students, particularly those violating every feature of their families' culture in order to attain a Western higher education. I'm thinking very strongly at this moment of the queer Muslim women I knew in grad school, who literally were risking their lives to be who they were both as people and as scholars. They were deeply in need of people who could help them unpack, examine, and come to terms with their families' homophobia, misogyny, anti-intellectualism, and other biases.

I am also of the view that the diversity tail has outgrown and been wagging the public education dog for too long, for no other reason than that smart people who know how to work a system have created academic fiefdoms for themselves. But it is no different for diversity studies than it is for, say, restaurant and hotel management, cosmetology, or law and nursing (the latter two fields inflating themselves on new categories of professionalization and para-professionalization, and forever training more people than the job market can absorb).

It is a long overdue discussion, but one that will have to take place in far more elevated, reasoned, and non-emotive terms than Ms. MacDonald used in this story. She sounds like someone with another agenda entirely...and I must say, based on her funding sources and other writings, it is an open possibility in my mind that she is.

Thank you for listening.
tell it like it is July 25, 2011 at 4:04 PM
It's unfortunate that the real problems will never get addressed, since if you criticize minorities as being unprepared you will be labeled a racist. It's an argument you cannot win. The University simply will not be permitted to retain excellence, but will be forced to "do outreach" and "create diversity" which means nothing more than lowering its standards so that those who will never make the bar can step over it. The argument that those less qualified are that way due to less access is circular, and always has been. In the end, the result is the same. Calling "the man" racist doesn't make you any better able to compete, though it will surely create the lowest possible standard. I just worry about all those "diverse" students who'll be taking prozac (at taxpayer expense) trying to figure out why they keep failing. Maybe then we can turn these high-level diversity jobs into mental health counselors and it will all work out okay?
California Taxpayer July 25, 2011 at 3:26 PM
Nailed it!
community member July 25, 2011 at 2:56 PM
It is not surprising that UCSD fumbles around in their attempts to "increase diversity" - the campus has somehow managed to remain in a limbo that entirely missed the civil rights movement years ago. Attempts to catch up coherently are laughable, at best. But many of these problems are likely a reflection of the community in which UCSD finds itself, which has embraced only a very specific diversity itself. It would seem that UCSD would be better served to play to its strengths and not bow to the occasional political pressures that demand changes not consistent with these strengths. Be a world-class research university, admit the most qualified students, and let the (other) chips fall where they may. UCSD cannot be responsible for the deficiencies of the larger primary educational systems. And no, there are not a lot of black folks at UCSD. Whose fault is that, really?
It gets better. After closing 1/3 of California state parks for $22 million in budget savings the California Democrat political class voted for $33 million in DREAM Act financial breaks so illegal aliens can attend these institutions sticking American students with tuition hikes, course cutbacks and waiting lists.
In 2011, ucsd admitted students with GPA as low as 2.72 under holistic review. Berkeley, ucla and ucsd are blatantly violating state law. Where is the state attorney general?
White students can't compete with Asians in the university of California system and that is why the UC system dropped the 4.0 gpa requirement--affirmative action to get more whites in the schools. Blacks are less than 2 per cent in most UC schools. Heather is the typical hypocritical white **** living off of the affirmative action racket. She and her colleagues are worthless! They remind me of that bootlicker Clarence Thomas whose every success was the result of diversity initiatives.
Mom of discriminated white males July 23, 2011 at 2:51 AM
Navel contemplation guarantees the downfall of this young roman empire. Shouldn't we want graduation with "job skills' for an application, so that graduates could actually get a PAYING job to repay their loans...something that could actually contribute to our GDP ! !
Professor Angelo M. Codevilla of Boston University nicely connects the dots:

"Since the days of Karl Marx's First International a century and a half ago, this very human opposition between socialist theory (egalitarianism) and socialist reality (oligarchic oppression) has bedeviled the Left. Marx laid the problem bare in his "Critique of the Gotha Program" (1875). Lenin dealt with it honestly and brutally in What Is to Be Done? (1902)—the foundational document of Communism. By acknowledging that the Communist Party is not the common people's representative, but rather its "vanguard," Leninists were comfortable with a party responsible only to itself and to history, a party that openly demanded deference from the humans whose habits it forcibly reshaped. Communism's undeniable horrors forced the New Left to disassociate itself from What Is to Be Done? and once again to pretend that its socialism was neither oligarchic nor coercive, that somehow it was on the side of ordinary folks.

This is a much tougher sell in the 21st century than it was in the 19th. Contemporary socialists try to explain away the common man's suspicion of them as harbingers of oligarchy, corruption, and coercion by resorting to jargon (e.g., "false consciousness" and "socio-economic anxiety"). But that is ever less convincing. This is why the movement argues so strenuously with itself about whether and how much it should dissimulate its agenda.

Which is one reason why it plays the "race card" and seizes on recruits like Barack Obama: because many black Americans' ancestors were slaves, must not any black American be, ipso facto, unquestionably, a member and true representative of the downtrodden? And if a skeptic should argue that this or that black man is really a representative of old, white, nasty socialism, of the Corporate State, of upscale parasites who prey on working people, it is easy enough to re-focus the argument on the skeptic's "racism." If blacks inclined to play this role did not exist, the Socialist movement would have every incentive to invent them. And in a sense it tries to invent them, through the "black studies" programs that now divert so many young Americans from useful lives into partisan service..."
UCSD tenure and promotion officially requires a description of "contribution to diversity" right next to scholarly work. The "Chief Diversity Officers" in every department act as a reporting and enforcement brigade. Being politically incorrect in this aspect is a sure way to screw up one's career.
It is actually much worse than what Heather has written about, despite the insignificant bit about masters programme in ece.
Great article. But it should be "fewer academics", no?
Bravo. Great expose.
You are misleading your readers to say that the Academic Senate at UCSD recently decided that the school "would no longer offer a master's degree in electrical and computer engineering" because we most certainly do offer a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in electrical and computer engineering (ECE).

It is true that we have recently eliminated the M.Eng.(Master of Engineering) degree in ECE. This short-lived degree program always struggled to attract students because, by comparison with the M.S. degree, the M.Eng. had fewer requirements and was seen as less prestigious.

The M.S. program in ECE which has always been our main master's degree program in ECE is doing just fine with strong enrollment. And in fact as of September 2011 we are adding a new degree (M.A.S. = Master of Advanced Study) to focus on particular sub-areas of engineering, such as wireless embedded systems.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept. Vice Chair
University of California, San Diego

Heather, I'm a professor at UCSD and everything you say is absolutely accurate. We are constantly bombarded by this diversity nonsense. In our department we had a mandate to hire minorities and women. However, outside the social "sciences" there are very few minorities available to hire. Administrators believe they can engineer diversity by fiat.

We would *love* to hire more minorities but so would every university in the country. For example a talented black or female postdoc in the physical sciences will have numerous offers from elite universities and we cannot match the salary and benefits of most private institutions. However, in the socialist sciences the departments are mostly minority. So these campus wide mandates have the reverse of the intended effect...they merely seek to further entrench the ranks of leftist leaning departments who do not contribute to the reputation of UCSD.

If we did away with Vice Chancellor level waste like this perhaps we'd have more funds for lab space.

This past spring a huge, permanent Chicano Legacy Mural was placed on a classroom adjacent to the faculty club. This was the second time this mural was constructed. Figures on the mural depict Chicano figures from the deepest reaches of ancient Oaxaca, the god Quetzalcoatl, and at least two modern figures who look like students. One is wearing a shirt that says "Health Care 4 All" and the other with a shirt saying "Education 4 All". Both blatant political statements having no place on campus. Both find fertile soil in our intellectually impoverished Communications, Chicano and Ethnic studies departments...

Here's the latest diversity drivel...from yesterday. It wasn't enough to have a small business expo, so they created a "Diversity Expo". Could it be that small business owners are, in general, conservative? Coming to UCSD nearly constitutes a hostile work environment!

Small Business Diversity Expo 2011

You are invited to attend a Small Business Diversity Expo 2011 to be held at the Price Center Ballroom August 9, 2011.
Formerly known as the Small Business Fair, this day-long event will host a variety of small and disadvantaged vendors who will present their products and services in a friendly and festive setting. Campus customers that are responsible for purchasing goods and services will have the opportunity
to meet these vendors and see their line of offerings. When you attend this event, you will find booths hosted by vendor representatives in addition to many door prizes and refreshments.

The day's event will feature an entertaining "Scoring Points and Making Goals" theme with refreshments, entertainment and great door prizes. In the spirit of the event, please join us in wearing your favorite sport team jersey!

Feel free to email me if you would like to discuss...Brian
Footing the Bill-2 July 21, 2011 at 4:12 AM
Query: how soon after Chancellor Fox retires will she become a "diversity consultant" and for how much of our money?
Footing the Bill July 21, 2011 at 3:49 AM
Phenomenal piece. Clearly, the diversity machine needs more public airing, something the Star Chamber, aka UC Regents have avoided at all costs. The only proponent here is quack psychologist Stillerman, who chooses ad hominem and tautologies to defend this million dollar annual boondoggle.

How fitting that one sitting so comfortably ensconced in the ivory tower would defend this wasteful new department. Just as the subprime borrowers only looked 2 years down the road, so too does the UC system, as it wastes money on memorials to great transgender folk (Professor Rupaul anyone?)

Let me bottom line this for you Stillerman- even if this were a worthy cause, which it is not, it will have zero measurable benefits. UCSD has 50% Asian students and 55% of the student body are female. 35% are caucasian. That seems pretty inclusive compared with the bad old days. Not diverse enough for you? Perhaps you'd like to share your master formula with us? 30% bisexual, or what? Utterly untestable program I am now to pay for quite a bit more than you (my quarterly tax payments in California are in excess of $250,000, notwithstanding Federal.)

Regarding your jibe at another poster about anonymity, clearly you are playing to the diversity crowd and seem eager to do so. However, you have no persona or relevance outside counseling anxious college kids (and getting little or no verifiable successes, no doubt). Others here choose anonymity for myriad reasons none of which are as relevant as the content of their commentaries here.

You really don't represent your ilk very well.
University of California President Yudof's laughable assessment, "Spending Cut to bone". UC shouldn’t come to the Governor or public for support. (The author has 35 years’ consulting experience, has taught at UC Berkeley (Cal) where he observed the culture & way senior management work)

Cal. Chancellor Birgeneau ($500,000 salary) has forgotten that he is a public servant, steward of the public money, not overseer of his own fiefdom. These are not isolated examples: recruits (uses California tax $) out of state $50,000 tuition students that displace qualified Californians from public university education; spends $7,000,000 + for consultants to do his & many vice chancellors jobs (prominent East Coast university accomplishing same 0 cost); pays ex Michigan governor $300,000 for lectures; in procuring a $3,000,000 consulting firm he failed to receive proposals from other firms; Latino enrollment drops while out of state jumps 2010; tuition to Return on Investment drops below top 10; QS academic ranking falls below top 10; only 50 attend Birgeneau all employees meeting; visits down 20%; NCAA places basketball program on probation, absence institutional control.

It’s all shameful. There is no justification for such violations by a steward of the public trust. Absolutely none.

Birgeneau’s violations continue. Governor Brown, UC Board of Regents Chair Lansing must do a better job of vigorously enforcing stringent oversight than has been done in the past over Chancellor Birgeneau who uses the campus as his fiefdom.

This is absolutely unbelievable to me. Talk about the wolves guarding the hen house and insuring the future of the pack on the backs of taxpayers and students who perhaps really want to get an education!
The over-spent words such as "Minority" "Diversity" et al are a noose around the country's neck...there is an overabundance of diversity, and for what infantile rationale currently fashionable? These are Marxist courses,plain and simple, and BTW, LaRaza,"The Race" arrogantly proclaimed to a caucasian Californian,"If you don't like it,leave.." Read "Camp of the Saints" and wake from your stupors.
My guess is that both Heather Mac Donald and Gary Cottrell are correct about the masters in ECE. Some departments offer a variety of M.S. degrees, each with its own specializations. It is likely that the ECE department discontinued one of these programs in part for budgetary reasons and in part because it was a weak program or could be absorbed by another. In any event the point of the article is that while academic departments are being asked to weed their garden, fertilizer is being poured into any portion of the university that is about diversity.

My experience is that the various studies departments and offices of diversity have been awarded a franchise to determine all aspects of minority relations up to and including what ideas people are allowed to say about them. Rather than creating opportunities for dialog and honest discussion, the programs, classes, and other activities around diversity are for the purpose of creating scripts about what people can say and do. In terms of honest intellectual discussion, most of it is a farce.

There is probably not a single place in American society where it is more difficult to have an honest discussion about race than a meeting of university faculty.

The growth of the various campus diversity activities is supported by campus administrators primarily to avoid trouble, and what is probably more important, to have cover if trouble does occur. The reason people go along with this nonsense is not because they feel guilty about being white or because they believe that the students benefit educationally from such indoctrination in diversity. It is primarily because they are cowards.

In the long run just about everybody loses. It does give some people nice cushy jobs but it doesn't help minority students as it tends to polarize campuses and makes it more difficult for minority students to integrate themselves into the campus culture and thus take full advantage of the educational opportunities that are available to them.

This charade would be comical if it weren't so tragic.
As you write from New York about what is happening in California, I suggest that you also turn your attention to your own state university. Please look at the SUNY Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI)
You will find all the same functions and personnel that you list in this article. If you dig deeper and look at other state and private universities, you will also find the same personel and functionality. This is not unique to California.

Heather Mac Donald July 20, 2011 at 12:31 PM
Since Mr. Cottrell is so sanguine about the addition of new diversity bureaucracy even as UCSD cuts academic programs, perhaps he could provide the names of some faculty in the UCSD engineering department who have discriminated against qualified minority and female applicants and who are thus in need of oversight from a Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. It would also be useful to have some examples of qualified minority and female applicants who were eliminated from consideration because of their race or gender.

If Mr. Cottrell cannot provide any examples of prejudice in the engineering department, he is welcome to supply such examples from any other UCSD department. It would also be good to learn from Chancellor Fox which departments and which faculty members she finds lacking in openness to qualified minority and female applicants, and thus in need of oversight from the new Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

Until Mr. Cottrell, Chancellor Fox, or any other member of UCSD (indeed of the entire UC system) can point to where this “hostile” or “toxic” “campus climate” is emanating from, I will continue to believe that there has never been a more open, welcoming, “inclusive” community than the American university, including UCSD. UCSD is filled with adults who desperately want its minority students to succeed. And so eager is UCSD to enroll as many minority students as possible that it engages in constant outreach and fundraising for minority initiatives. The UC system tirelessly seeks to devise new “holistic” admissions methods to evade the state’s constitutional ban on racial and gender preferences.

And yet we are told that this same university system is so inalterably opposed to minority and female achievement that it needs a costly bureaucracy to police the mean bigotry of its members. There is a less paradoxical explanation: The diversity bureaucracy is dedicated to pumping up the myth of bias against favored victim groups, and no one has the guts to demand evidence for its claims.
Wow Gary, what are you talking about? You went to a website that shows the programs as they are today, before budget cuts take effect. Please follow your own advice and check the facts at the link provided by Heather.

As one who went through the UC system and got my MS in Engineering I find disheartening how the UC system sliding down.
Apparently some animals are more equal.
Heather Mac Donald July 20, 2011 at 8:34 AM
From a March 7, 2011 UCSD press release announcing the approval of a new campuswide diversity requirement by the Academic Senate:

The Graduate Council asked for, and received, approval to disestablish (discontinue) several programs in response to budgetary pressures: a master of engineering degree in electrical and computer engineering; a terminal master of arts in comparative literature; and courses in French, German, Spanish and English literatures that have seen very sparse enrollments.

The faculty of Eleanor Roosevelt College requested, and were granted, permission to revise academic requirements—again for budgetary reasons. The college’s Making of the Modern World (MMW) Program will be reduced from a six-quarter sequence to a five-quarter sequence, and will go from 28 units to 24. Senate Regulation 625 will be revised to reflect those changes.

Yes, claptrap. She comments that UCSD has eliminated the Master's degree in ECE. I don't know what she is talking about. UCSD has one of the top engineering schools in the nation, which means, in Known Space. And they have at least NINE Masters degrees in ECE! This is from the ECE department's website:
"Students can be admitted into the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) graduate studies through either the M.S. or Ph.D. programs. ECE offers graduate programs leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering with specializations in each of the following areas: communication theory and systems; computer engineering; electronic circuits and systems; electronic devices and materials; intelligent systems, robotics and control; magnetic recording; photonics; radio and space science; and signal and image processing. In addition, there are interdepartmental curricula in advanced manufacturing, applied ocean sciences, and materials science. The department offers a Ph.D. program in applied ocean science jointly with MAE and Scripps Institution of Oceanography.The Ph.D. program is strongly research oriented and is for students whose final degree objective is the Ph.D. If a student with a B.S. is admitted to this program, he or she will be expected to complete the requirements for the M.S. degree before beginning doctoral research. The M.S. programs are also research oriented, and intended to provide the intensive technical preparation necessary for subsequent pursuit of a Ph.D. The M.S. and Ph.D. programs are designed to prepare students for a career in research or teaching."
Of course, most of the people commenting here would not take the time to check the "facts" in this article...
Helplessly disgusted July 20, 2011 at 2:23 AM
When will this insanity end?
Hi Heather. Orwell couldn't top the reality of UCSD, the UC system, or much of higher education. What a grim joke.
Unfortunately this diversity culture thrives in the federal government. I work at a federal agency and we are constantly asked to celebrate (term actually used by management) the diversity of one group or another. We are expected (greatly encouraged by management) to participate in activities relating to the group in question.

There is always one group left out. Hetersexual white males. As one who falls into that group I don't care to celebrate my hetersexual male whiteness. I also don't want to celebrate any other group. Nor do I want my taxes going to support the celebration of those groups. But don't ever suggest that lone group or you'll be called a racist or bigot.

If people want to be narcissistic, fine. But not on my time or my dime.
"Dr." Stillerman states that "Particularly appalling was Ms. MacDonald’s not so thinly veiled suggestion that those in the 'diversity business,' as she condescendingly puts it, welcome incidents like the one at UCSD referred to in the article..."

Did you actual read what that incident was?

Why do the students need to suffer more "diversity" apparatchiks because a private citizen held a party near campus?

The party had no connection with any student group, yet students and CA taxpayers are expected to foot the bill for your ideological pogrom. You seem highly sensitive to anyone posting anonymously but there is a reason for it; when the hard left is in charge, "McCarthyism" is the natural order. Job security requires adherence to Maoist politically "correct" discourse lest we be accused of "homophobia" and/or "racism." If I posted my name, I would be fired since my views are in disagreement with those in power. It's the same mantra in any left-dominated field: think whatever you want, as long as you agree with US!!

The old calumny is trotted out by the masters of discourse on UC campuses while they simultaneously engage in anti-Christian/Anti- Zionist/Anti-Western-Civilization tirades ( remember "Reverend" Jackson's chants "Hey ho Western Civ has got to go!"?)

Intellectual diversity is what you fear "Dr" Stillerman.That is why you revert to fevered ad hominem attacks the minute your ideas are questioned.

Maybe it's time for cancer research to take precedence over "queer" studies.

You didn't sufficiently respond to my question about quality of content. Again, why would I reveal my personal information on the internet to a tyrant like you? How would that benefit me in any way? Respond to what I've said, rather than go at me personally. The very fact you're so interested makes me all the more suspicious of your motivations. You seem potentially to be asserting that anyone adopting a position of anonymity must somehow be doing it for malicious reasons? You've really gone way off topic. My personal identity is not relevant. Why not go after the many other anonymous posters below like anti-KKK?

Yes, god forbid the "victim role" be appropriated by anyone but the diversity machine.
We need less diversity and more unity. Emphasizing diversity causes huge problems,feeling of being left out, and jealousies leading to internal conflicts. Everyone should have a stake in a America...Every one should contribute by paying some income tax. even the least of these. If you work, you pay so (suggested minimum $10 a week non refundable) so that they know that they belong, and have a vested interest in the country. That they should be working toward bettering the country and not just their selfish interest.
Lee Stillerman, PhD July 19, 2011 at 7:57 PM

"How are anonymity on the net and content of post any way connected?"

If you cannot comprehend how posting anonymously might impact what one is/ isn’t willing to post I cannot help you. You still did not answer my question about what you do at UCSD.

“It is precisely because of thought police like you, who threaten legitimate discourse with strong-armed tactics on college campuses, that I'll remain anonymous in this forum.”

Thought police? Strong-arming? Threatening legitimate discourse? What are you even talking about? It seems the victim role is a comfortable one for you.
@Lee Stillerman:

How are anonymity on the net and content of post any way connected? Vague, unsubstantiated politically correct double-speak can be perpetuated by the anonymous and those using their real names alike. As can substantive discussions. I'm guessing you have not been on the internet very long.

It is precisely because of thought police like you, who threaten legitimate discourse with strong-armed tactics on college campuses, that I'll remain anonymous in this forum.
Lee Stillerman, PhD July 19, 2011 at 7:10 PM

You are accusing me of "vague, unsubstantiated politically correct double-speak." That is quite a bold assertion coming from a person who is not even willing to identify themselves by name. Why do you feel the need to post anonymously? What do you do at UCSD?

I guess if I was making "vague, unsubstantiated" claims about the marginalization of straight white males, as Zoom is doing, I’d probably want to remain anonymous as well.
Congratulations, Lee Stillerman, PhD, four paragraphs managing to say close to absolutely nothing, other than vague, unsubstantiated accusations on what Ms. MacDonald "understands." See, folks, this is the diversity machine at work - empty attacks and vague, unsubstantiated politically correct double-speak. Points are not debated so much as anyone questioning the holy doctrine is vilified and labeled "ignorant."

"Identity development" = indoctrination, where students are convinced by educators that they are oppressed victims. This vast majority of "issues" that "arise on college campuses" are inventions of the diversity machine. Anyone who has spent anytime on UCSD is well aware that the concept of a "less than welcoming socio-political campus climate" for minorities in particular is a joke. These "cultural beings" have been coddled and babied for decades with just about every other administrator bending over backwards to make them feel welcome. The idea that the university is especially unwelcoming based on minority status is laughable. But the illusion of "evil uncaring white guys" must be propped up, because it justifies the existence of the indoctrination programs and disciplines in the first place.

If you want to see marginalized individuals on this campus, go talk to a straight white male or any Christian or Jew.
Lee Stillerman, PhD July 19, 2011 at 5:59 PM
A more narrow minded commentary would be hard to imagine. Ms. MacDonald’s whole premise that diversity programs are “useless” is, in fact, a fallacy. In the article Ms. MacDonald is quick to dismiss diversity initiatives, yet she clearly does not understand or appreciate the value of these programs. Her bio on the Manhattan Institute’s web site indicates that she “has canvassed a range of topics including homeland security, immigration, policing and "racial" profiling, homelessness and homeless advocacy, educational policy, the New York courts, and business improvement districts.” Ms. MacDonald apparently has made a career out of opining on a wide range of topics. One wonders how much knowledge or expertise she has on any of the topics she comments on.

Of course, it is easy to be critical of things we do not understand. Ms. MacDonald clearly is not informed with regard to the unique environmental stressors and developmental challenges faced by college students. If she was, she would not equate the important and necessary process of “identity development” with “narcissism.” It is easy to complain about how funds are being appropriated on college campuses in California from an office in New York City. Much more difficult is taking time to actually understand the myriad ways in which diversity initiatives address issues that arise on college campuses rich with a diversity of orientations, cultural backgrounds, and worldviews.

Particularly appalling was Ms. MacDonald’s not so thinly veiled suggestion that those in the “diversity business,” as she condescendingly puts it, welcome incidents like the one at UCSD referred to in the article. According to Ms. MacDonald, college campuses are “overwhelmingly supportive environments.” Sure they are, except for when they aren’t. Ms. MacDonald does not seem all that tuned in to the ways in which some students, at least partly as a result of who they are as cultural beings, are made to feel marginalized and socially excluded by a less than welcoming socio-political campus climate. What could she possibly know about that?

Ms. MacDonald would benefit from doing a deeper investigation into why college campuses feel there is such a compelling need for diversity initiatives. But that’s just my opinion as a psychologist on a UC campus. I don’t know much about opining.
"Racist claptrap. Why am I not surprised that the writer of this piece, along with most of the commenters, hold this point of view? Because they have the intellectual depth of of a pool of spit and don't bother with finding out the details of a single issue on which they choose to comment. They are as much to blame for the societal mess we are in as their self-identified targets."

Ditto. White supremacy at its finest.
Dr. Robert LeMoyne July 19, 2011 at 4:31 PM
I am the first person in the UC system (if not the world) to have graduated with a PhD. in Biomedical Engineering after having survived a catestrophic traumatic brain injury. From this injury am a near fully recovered quadraplegic. I would like to share my opinion about the myopia of forced diversity.

True equality can not be simply obtained by the facade of statistically instilled diversity. Let me share my story at UCLA.

During my first few quarters I had an incredibly difficult time getting a copy of course notes from my peers (by ADA a reasonable accomodation). My professors were quite kind to me, but they could only do so much. I learned from others the concept of discrimination by isolation: not being invited to social events, not having a laboratory to do research, having my PhD work extended more than a year because of difficulty getting people to participate as subjects in my research.

The biomedical engineering SAO (student advocate officer) lied to me that there was no such thing as a graduate dissertation fellowship, which cost me about $20,000. My last time at UCLA I remember another SAO angerly critizing me for submitting over 100 invention reports to the university intellectual property division, saying I was wasting resources.

A university is for the students not the bureaucrats.

I would like to thank the student union for helping me partially win a discrimination suit against the UCLA Chemistry Department. I would thank the authors of UCLA Invents Magazine for the bright moment they provided me.

True equality is not acheived by the facade of statistical diversity.

Nothing transcends the power of the human spirit!
"This commentary is so ideological, sneering, mean-spirited, and smug..."

You start off by being insulting, and expect to be taken seriously? This sort of verbal attack is precisely why "ethnic, gender and queer studies" are anything BUT serious academic disciplines. These disciplines are about vilifying and blaming others, demanding special privilege and promoting radical anti-individual ideas. Unfortunately, students are forced into these courses, rather than be allowed to choose for themselves their own academic path. They are being indoctrinated rather than being allowed to shape their own education. They are being belittled for holding different political views. The quality of higher education is slowly being eroded by pseudo-intellectual poseurs with "degrees" and "years of study" in what is essentially leftist opinion.

"Campus climate can make the difference between a student staying or leaving."

True enough. And the dreadful climate here is chasing away potentially talented students, staff and faculty - anyone who dares respect freedom of thought and diversity of opinion. Or at the least, making life completely miserable for those that stick it out to get a decent degree in the still pure, uncorrupted disciplines.
Eric N. Peterson July 19, 2011 at 3:05 PM
This commentary is so ideological, sneering, mean-spirited, and smug, I hardly know where to begin.

Having spent twelve years studying and working at various UCs, including getting a PhD in Philosophy of Science and working for five years in student services, I'll say two things in response:

1) Campus climate can make the difference between a student staying or leaving. I've seen it time and time again. Thus, in the aggregate, poor campus climate spells a degradation of cognitive diversity for the campus as a whole. The University cannot perform that part of its core mission pertaining to teaching eligible California students under such conditions. Unfortunately, we've seen this at UC San Diego with regard to African American students, whereas at UC Riverside, a higher percentage of African Americans graduate than any other ethnic group, including whites.

2) Ethnic studies, gender studies, queer studies and the like are serious academic disciplines, not fluff. I say this based on my own research experience. I could write a book on what is wrong with the epistemology underlying the above commentary.

Just amazing that they do stupid things such as this, while the entire school system is under siege. Need better leadership and better teachers/professors in the classroom, than another department head!
Outstanding article. It reveals just what the UC system values.The hyperlinks exposing the so-called "Compton Cookout" that ignited the firestorm of calls for "diversity intervention" is particularly instructive.

'Hate'crime hoaxes such as the one used by the UCSD administration seem to be the rule and not the exception:

"..One big problem.

The Compton Cookout party was not held on the UCSD campus and was not organized by the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Rather, it was organized by an African American comedian and non-student named Nipsey Washington, whose stage name is Jiggaboo Jones, to celebrate the release of his new DVD. Jones had held these parties across the country for years, including at UCSD. In fact, he toned down the title from the previous "Nigga Night." This should have been obvious from the beginning. The invitation to the event had a picture of Jones with a T-Shirt with his name on it..."
The UC and CSU systems are public schools that run in an almost autocratic environment. They are funded by the taxpayer, therefore there should me more transparency and public control over how the money gets spent in the system. "Gainful Employment" should be mandatory for these schools, and if a student wants to major in a field that doesn't produce results, then they should have to pay the tuition up-front without student loans.
I'm glad now have a comment section. If only I had something to say...
I work at UC San Diego. Thank you so much for exposing something I've been telling folks about for ages. I've watched this University increase wasteful bureaucracy over the past years, focusing more on "diversity" indoctrination programs (many with innocuous sounding names that you would probably miss at first glance), eco-fascism and other forms of wasteful political brow-beating. Most taxpayers and parents paying tuition fees would be outraged at just how their money is thrown away on an administration that has doubled in size, has increased the extent to which they blatantly violate student rights, has become completely biased and one-sided, has decreased in efficiency, and is now completely ignoring the concept of accountability and fairness. Trust me, it sucks being white on this campus (and often Asian as well, as they are discriminated against for the most part - except for that small portion that swallows the "social justice" pill). The administration is actively hostile against Christians and Jews as well. Even the so-called "racial incidents" of the past year were blown out of proportion and sides were taken - protests were actually organized by administrators - without any sort of due process or open mind.
Unbelieveable. There is nothing like guaranteed state employment to promote diversity amongst blacks, lesbians, and hispanics. If we could fund this properly, perhaps the cry for diversity would go away as all those impacted would be on the state payroll. Well..there's an idea!

diversity programs at schools is not narcissism. diversity programs is a code for being anti-white. it's very racist against the white male.
Plenty of money for in-state tuition for illegals however...sad what Mexifornia has become!
Here! Here!
Thank you for shedding light on this problem. And it is a problem. I discovered this at Cal State LA when my son had to take 3 repulsive diversity courses if he wanted to graduate. (His major was Criminal Justice.) They are a waste of time. What kind of jobs do you get with these majors? It is disgusting that these type of classes have taken the places of real classes like history, geography, computers, etc. We had none of these ethnic studies when I went to UCLA in the 70's. Parents, wake up! Do not send your kids to these colleges. Send them to a technical school where there is a job at the end.

Thank for pointing out the madness going on within the UC system. It is staggering.

Gary Fouse
adj teacher
UC-Irvine Ext.

(And our campus is one of the saner ones.)
Richard Shumway July 18, 2011 at 8:51 PM
Major cudo's on a great investigative article -let's cut through the crap on Calif. budget mismanagement - I want more INFO on this - keep up the great work!

Never read your paper, but you are now bookmarked!

RL Shumway II

California desperately deserves to sink into insolvency and their state university systems seems destined to lead the way.
These colleges have to keep the seats full- they do so by convincing their prospects that $60K of debt for these PC degrees is a good investment. In order to perpetuate the ponzi scheme they put them on the payroll after graduation.
When are they falling into the Pacific?
Who is left to look out for the sheep?
Ah, yes. Our government might have to stop social security payments, close down medicare, allow our highways to crumble, etc., but we still have plenty of money to brainwash our population to accept a degree of diversity that is in itself destructive to both our culture and our economy. What brilliant leadership has risen to the top in our country!
Diversity sucks
I am a graduate of Washington State University (MA, Philosophy). I was disgusted to notice this year that they entirely abolished their large theater & dance school, for cost-cutting reasons. I can remember watching some very good plays there I would've otherwise missed, such as "Madmen and Specialists" by Wole Soyinka. How sad that next year's students won't have such opportunities. Oh, but WSU is expanding in one small area: They're adding a Minor in Queer Studies.
Emanuelle Goldstein: " A cynic like myself might say this provides a way to balance out EEOC statistics, and it provides a beard to hide the lack of minority participation (e.g. Blacks and Latinos) in disciplines that require quantitative skills and performance vs. qualitative."

I had wondered why statements like "diversity is our greatest strength" are never backed up by quantitative measures.
Emanuelle Goldstein July 16, 2011 at 8:57 PM
Scientific research units are still predominately White. UC Berkeley has found a diversity work-around for this. They created an administrative unit that services purchasing, finance, grants administration, and HR functions for all research units. The employees of this unit are predominately non-white. A cynic like myself might say this provides a way to balance out EEOC statistics, and it provides a beard to hide the lack of minority participation (e.g. Blacks and Latinos) in disciplines that require quantitative skills and performance vs. qualitative.
Norman Hanscombe July 16, 2011 at 8:27 PM
One question for which I can find no answer is why do we still call these institutions universities? Oh that's right; words nowadays mean whatever we decide we'll say they mean.
i would be vomiting over the side of my desk had it not been for the fact that I knew from the beginning of the article it was UC that you were referring to. narcissism, hypocrisy, race baiting, constitution ignorant University of California.... Gibor Basri and his ilk, Mayflower descendants, no doubt, should be taken to a public square and flogged, but something tells me that there is a grant on the way senitivity training for the author of this brilliant piece of journalism
Thank you. Ms MacDonald.
"Diversity" is the new racism. It really only exists because of the graft and the political advantage that the left sees in perpetuating the racist myth and stereotype. If it weren't for our dishonest and hypocritical left, we would truly be a post racial country, just as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. dreamed of, but don't listen to me because I happen to be white, so therefore I'm automatically a racist (does that even begin to make any sense?) As for those who demand and receive special treatment because of the color of their skin, does the left really believe that they are inferior? I would be insulted if I were them. Sadly, the most racist people I know are democrats, but they always have been.
"More pressing is guaranteeing that students graduate from UCSD having fully explored their “identity.” Why study Cervantes, Voltaire, or Goethe when you can contemplate yourself? “Diversity,” it turns out, is simply a code word for narcissism."

No surprises in this article. California needs to buck up and strive for better acedemia.
Too bad that with all these programs and dollars for diversity there isn't more diversity within the hallowed halls of California Acedemia. They are all the same brand of idiots.
Odd that a focus on 'identity' seems to mean excluding students from engaging in what has, in the past, been known as the Great Conversation. One would think that the opportunity to converse with those such as Goethe, Voltaire and Cervantes, to say nothing of Proust and Shakespeare, would provide more for self-searching students than any number of seminars based on second-rate political theory.
Good article. We have the same 'budget cuts' going on here in the UK, but I haven't seen much evidence of any 'equality and diversity' officers or departments being cut, so I shall follow this up.
Stunning!!! But, here's the thing, the UC system can no longer get students through in 4 years time. So while tuition my be less than the private schools, you can add at least another 4 semesters to your time in school as you seek to get the classes you need to actually graduate with a degree.

California needs to re-prioritize, for sure, but, I, for one, will not hold my breath that they will do so. It's like the entire state government has turned into the mafia!!
Thank you for this piece Heather. It is not just public schools that are goosing up the diversity quotient. I just read the new issue of the publication that Art Center College of Design in Pasadena put out talking about its new mission. Front and Center is a bright shiny Diversity policy. They talk about how important diversity is to the learning experience, but nowhere do they mention the word racial: We are supposed to guess at how they are defining diversity, but it is clear they mean racial. Lots of pussyfooting around. No mention of academic rigor or standards. In my estimation, the only diversity worth promoting is INTELLECTUAL diversity. A broad range of ideas is critical to a good education. The diversity they mean is like an echo chamber for those who thrive off the victimhood industry.
The Diversities have taken control and will become even more aggressive and forceful. They are right about one thing: prejudice is virulent.

Their job is to wipe out any expression of prejudice, because they know that if healthy people ever get control of society again, the Diversity misfits don't have a chance. This is not a culture war, it's a race and ethnic war.

As the White Nurse said: "Before I started working here, I wasn't a racist."

As we are hearing more and more from folks who pay attention, but only speak in safe company: "Under the circumstances, racism really is the best option."

As the White daughter said after attending the latest Sensitivity and Inclusion Training Session: "Making White babies is a hate crime against global dignity."

As you will say one day: "God, why aren't more of us bitterly clinging to our guns and religion? What else do we have?"

We are seeing a rise in private religious sects that are rarifying their Christianity into an ancestor and hero worship. Prejudice is one of their sacraments.
Sadly, this diversity mania is enmeshed in my world-the military-as well.
When MAJ (Army) Nadal yelled "Allah Ahkbar" adn shot approx 17 fellow military on an Army base in America a while back, a very senior Army Officer noted (paraphrase) "lets not loose focus on the most important matter-our sense of diversity and inclusion". Not "lets double check and interview all members with any suspicious contacts (he had emailed the expatriate American Mullah who has been credited with "turning" more than one American Muslim convert to terror. Army investigators had backed away from further checking on being told it was part of his job. I and any career military can readily asset that an EO (equal opportunity) complaint (this is a well undestood phrase by all senior enlisted) is a postential career killer. Not some kind of court martial conviction mind you-a career can be killed admisitratively with marks on regularly submitted carrer evaluations that have a specific EO check box.
We put up with a lot, accepitng thought control along with other normal civil liberty curbs. Reading about academic issues over the years, it is clear that college students and faculty do as well.
"Celebrate Diversity" has become "Celebrate Diversity, Or Else". Diversity is divisive; it is the polar opposite of unity. It is profoundly unAmerican.
Unabashed "thinker", please provide some evidence for your claim that the author has the intellectual depth of a pool of spit. It is the first sign of a "thinker" that s/he resorts to hurling insults when confronted with something s/he disagrees with. Refute the claim that these programs are a waste of time - don't simply insult people - if you want anyone to take you seriously.
UnabashedThinker July 15, 2011 at 6:42 PM
Racist claptrap. Why am I not surprised that the writer of this piece, along with most of the commenters, hold this point of view? Because they have the intellectual depth of of a pool of spit and don't bother with finding out the details of a single issue on which they choose to comment. They are as much to blame for the societal mess we are in as their self-idenitifed targets.
It's not just the Higher Education bubble that's bursting but the Lower one too - and the Media only pays attention to their union brotherhood.
The insanity is abundant. This week a new law was enacted to require inclusion of LGBT figures in history and social studies in k-12 education. Mind you, these are kids that already graduate without understanding basic civics, American and world history already.

But at least as scores continue to plumment and our education system rots away, it will be done with an eye towards diversity.
This is such a waste of money. At best, these programs are useless; more likely, they are actively harmful, both because students study these "subjects" instead of others, where real knowledge is to be had, and because the information dispensed is prejudicial and false.

The most laughable things about these programs is they are often led by minorities/women who consider themselves oppressed even as they draw their 100,000+ salaries and have the (dubious) respect of their colleagues.

In law school, I remember reading "race/women" law review articles where Ivy League professors complained about their lives of discrimination and hardship, using by example the most minor and imaginary slights. It was completely delusional and lacking in any reasonable perspective.

I commend you for continuing to draw attention to this problem. Any ideas of how to get rid of these programs?

This is terribly sad and wrong. The UC was started to provide a great education for Californians and at a price materially less than other comparable universities. It was a noble goal. The faculty and administrators reacted to this boon by endlessly abusing it:

UC professors can retire at age 50 with a pension-50! Like they are weary of back breaking work or disabled! UC professors barely teach undergrads, although there are many exceptions (my daughter just graduated from UCLA, and there are many honorable and challenging professors there who nearly make up for the others).

And yes, the diversity crowd. The kids ignore them: they are perceived as useless and stupid. But they have become a self-sustaining group, immune from pruning. Try to cut them and the pressure groups will be heard from.

The biggest flaw was setting up the UC to be run in the very indirect way the State Bar or EU is run; avoiding direct voting by those annoying taxpayers, and using instead, ruling bodies accountable to...well, to no one. So only regents appointed by governors make these decisions for the UC, and they are so out of touch most times, they learn from newspapers, that a chancellor is being overpaid, or planning a "dog run" for a chancellor's residence. Most assuredly, they have no stamina to prune the diversity vines.

The UC knows that parents are silent while their kids are there, and uninterested after their kids leave. The kids just want to have fun, get good grades and get out. Only the pressure groups remain year after year.

Hey California, how's that socialist utopia working out for ya??????
"[UC San Diego]...decided [it] would no longer offer a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering...."

I work for a large Midwestern university with a renowned ECE department and I'll bet, dollars to doughnuts, we're already receiving applications from students who would have otherwise attended UCSD. Good for us; not so good for UCSD. Indeed, it appears UCSD is now just a large institution that primarily deals in "diversity"...and occasionally offers classes on the side.
Diversity Studies...College, for stupid people.
Just replace UC with UT
Given that almost all the campuses have more female students, when will the Women's Centers be reflagged as Man Caves?
Liberals will stick to their multi-culti economically-oblivious madness until it bankrupts the nation... and then just blame Bush.
WG said: "College degrees are probably worth less today than ever before, but they cost vastly more than ever before. It is a serious problem."

Is there any doubt that the next bubble to burst will be that of so-called "higher education"?
It's not "John Powell" -- it's "john a. powell". Evidently, capitalization just leads to capitalism...
There is something comical about what is described here - hilarious in fact, in an awful awful way. There is a bigger picture, and it starts with: where is our media on all this? Why isn't the what is described in this article given more press?

The answer of course, is that our media won't touch it - for the usual reasons, which go to how the press has treated the entire race issue for decades. That, in turn, has allowed the inner cities to be controlled by a Democrat sponsored poverty industry whose only motivation is to ensure that conditions in the community stay the same, or better yet, get worse.

After almost five decades of failure you would think that those governed would understand that Democrats have changed little from the days of the KKK and Jim Crow. But, of course, that would take media pressure, and the media has declared "hands off" to these types of issues, for a variety of reasons. So, despite failure after failure, and trillions spent, nothing changes - because it is not in the interests of those in control for anything to change.

Off topic? Not really. But for Democrat policies in inner cities, which have led directly to the destruction of the African American family, there would be no need for the diversity apparatus described in this article. But, somehow that never gets addressed, and the poverty industry grinds on.

One can only hope that the Latino community will take a hard look at the consequences of taking the poison offered by Democrats. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear that this is happening - in our children's high school the honors classes are depressingly uniform in terms of race and ethnicity - in other words, Asian and white students. Such classes are now the new segregation. When my son asked an African American friend if he would be taking honors classes, the response was "I don't need to" i.e. in order to get into college. In other words, these diversity programs are not only silly and a waste of resources, they are actually harmful because they allow students to avoid difficult courses, since minority students understand that they need not apply themselves to get into better schools.

It is all so depressing, these fools that have caused and continue to cause untold misery for generation upon generation. We will never know what would be the result of the civil rights movement absent Democrat "good intentions" which have and continue to do done untold harm to the community. And this latest nonsense is yet another manifestation of the poverty apparatus whose one and only mission is to ensure continuation of the conditions which they need in order to thrive.
One additional thought - since there is no accepted criteria for deciding ones race, from now on - I AM BLACK.

And suddenly, I be OFFENDED by many of yo racist posts that appear in dis coments section!
My old school, a large Catholic private Universality in Southeastern Pennsylvania just west of Philadelphia, has 6/7 administrators, coaches, etc. than actual teaching staff. Cost to keep your kid in school for one year runs about $40,000. Has such offices as the "Vice-President for Mission" and "Assistant Sports Information Director" -- all with full office staffs. Cowardly parents seem afraid to question the presence of so many bloated academic parasites -- and so dutifully cough up the needed money. Pathetic.
How many of those new 'diversity' positions do you think will be filled by WHITE GUYS??

CA used to have the best schools in America - why/how did it change??
California deserves to go broke and fall into the Pacific drowing every imbecile living there. "Diversity" is just code for Anti-White discrimination, and we can no longer afford this useless, feel-good crap. Earn it or get lost, but put an end of "preferences" and their enablers.
The "diversity" racket will go away only when we repeal the laws that enabled it in the first place. Higher education is highly regulated. It needn't be. The PRK regulations are excessive and don't provide enough benefits to justify their costs. Reduce regulations and reduce the need for administrators to administer them.
Melissa Knox-Raab July 15, 2011 at 8:41 AM
Yes, yes, yes, but hadn't Dinesh D'Souza warned us of all this? Or that it was coming? Alas . . . institutions will be institutions. A good leader needs to get in there and re-shuffle . . . a sort of Franklin Delano Roosevelt of academe, with a New Deal. I'm not up for it, personally, but I'd love for this person I'm imagining to exist!
Wow! I knew it was bad, but I didn't know it was THAT bad! Thanks for this frank and revealing exposé.
Oops, the link to the Inside Higher Ed piece is:
Universities have been turned into white-collar job programs. A typical campus employs hundreds of people who have nothing to do with education. Students pay higher and higher tuition, in part to pay for all of these "administrators."

This was a point made by "100 Reasons NOT to go to Grad School":

It is also the subject of a new book recently discussed on Inside Higher Ed:

Students (and their parents) are paying dearly for this massive expansion of the higher education bureaucracy. College degrees are probably worth less today than ever before, but they cost vastly more than ever before. It is a serious problem.
UCSD Grad Student July 15, 2011 at 2:48 AM
As someone who's at UCSD right now, this article is just getting beneath the surface of the huge "diversity" scam, but this part nails it:

"The one observable activity performed by these lavishly funded diversity bureaucrats is to pressure academic departments to hire more women and minorities."

Preach it, Ms. MacDonald!
Heather you are correct as usual.

1. From the beginning of their inclusion in the college curriculum, identity studies programs have been both narcissistic in nature and self-promotional in terms of university advancement. The women's movement's slogan was "the personal is political" but the reality was that the political became personal. Minorities and women became experts at claiming victimhood as a weapon to promote their own careers. Furthermore the identity studies programs were very self-centered your area of expertise is yourself.

2. The diversity industry at universities is a wasteful growth area that has no natural predators. On the academic side you have the identity studies departments and programs that are free to operate the usual scrutiny given to more traditional departments. Then within traditional departments, pressures for diversity hires and a small applicant pool leads to the duplication of identity studies faculty within traditional departments.

The central administrations have created provosts or vice-presidents for diversity to oversee geometrically growing offices of diversity with ever increasing well paid staffers with expanding areas to intrude on the normal functioning of the university.

Offices of Student Affairs now have their own sub-offices devoted to diversity affairs. These positions seem devoted to scouring the landscape to find hints of bias that can justify enhancing their own salaries and enlarging their share of the university budget.

There is an entire enforcement bureaucracy that deals with all forms of harassment. Sometimes they have an individual position for specific victim classes. And of course the interpretation of harassment rules means they favor blacks over whites, gays over straights, women over men, etc.

With so many people involved with no educational purpose, they actually begin to interfere with the orderly processes of university governance. They assert themselves into the hiring of faculty in disciplines of which they have absolutely no knowledge or experience. They have no clue how to look for minority candidates even when the departments are fully supportive of such efforts. As for tutoring and academic support, the minority students are far better off integrating themselves into the normal academic routines of the general student population; working with fellow students, visiting department sponsored tutoring and meeting with their teachers in regularly scheduled office hours.

At some schools the various diversity staffers have inserted themselves into the tenure and promotion process, complaining about faculty decisions they don't like, insisting on mentoring programs for non-tenure faculty and encouraging a racial and gender spoils system for deciding who gets to be hired for life.

Since most of the deficiencies that occur in failed tenure cases concern the failure to establish research agendas, the diversity staffers have absolutely no idea what research means in the fields into which they are meddling. While better mentoring can be helpful, the people who are intruding into this problem have absolutely nothing to contribute to solving it.

3. The most toxic aspect of this whole process is that it is immune to scrutiny. What Heather has pointed out so clearly is that at a time at which enormous sacrifices are being asked of students in tuition increases and even faculty in terms of cutting of programs, the diversity business keeps on growing with no serious opposition.
Louis Dargin whined, "Heather: It is good that not everyone feels that everything in USA is just fine for minorities. With an attitude like that, I can just imagine what type of person you would have been during slavery."

So the choice is that one either (1) favors an enormous "diversity" bureaucracy soaking up taxpayers' dollars to preach how victimized everybody is, or (2) "feels that everything in USA [sic] is just fine for minorities" and favors slavery.

Sounds as if the diversity fascists succeeded in molding your quite malleable mind, Louis. Too bad they didn't teach you any English grammar.
What are the chances that UC Berkeley’s vice chancellor for equity and inclusion would have a name like "John Smith"?
The Diversity Industry is so entrenched in power, that administrators know that they must preempt every demand with generous offerings or suffer a career ending fate.

The irony will be that those who don't represent minority groups will soon be barred from employment, especially at the top jobs.

The rarest commodity will be a White college president or dean.

Call it Marxism or social engineering, doesn't really matter.

Have you notices all the "diversities" on TV now, giving your news and weather? That seems to be a job requirement- that you bring diversity.

We celebrate the dispossession of White media types. They are liberal, and if liberalism obstructs their career goals and ego satisfaction, then we applaud this welcomed trend. Same for academia. Dispossessed Whiteys are a good thing, for they are liberal Whiteys. Let'em suffer. Good.

Heather is a favorite, but she was off her game on the Stossel show when she sat next to the black who was complaining that drug laws discriminate against blacks.

Heather didn't ask him why blacks can't come together and decide to stop dealing drugs. He talked as though it was a given that they would deal drugs, and she never challenged his presumption.

She should have asked what makes blacks susceptible to criminality. Heather, get tougher! Next time, you can make him squirm just by asking what the NAACP is doing to put a stop to blacks committing crime, and why they are failing so miserably.
As the parent of two college students I am so glad my children are not attending one of these places. I would not pay for them to attend either of these universities. Can anyone tell me how gay studies translate into jobs
I was informed recently by a UC Irvine professor that all of the focus on "diversity" is a red herring, that all of the talk about gender equity in academia was just a lot of talk. No one with power really wanted to do anything about it. She said she had been with Irvine for many years, and, at least in her department, the sexism is just as bad now as it was when she came there. It sounded like she was looking at prospects in the private sector, because she was sick and tired of the work atmosphere.
Heather: It is good that not everyone feels that everything in USA is just fine for minorities. With an attitude like that, I can just imagine what type of person you would have been during slavery.
Richard K Munro July 14, 2011 at 7:48 PM
UC is going in the wrong direction; I can respond only in one way. When they ask me for money I will say no. But until that time they have me over a barrel -as my daughter goes to UC San Diego.
In 2010 enrollment of latino fell and out of state jumped at University of California Berkeley. University of California Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau ($500,000 salary) has forgotten that he is a California public servant, steward of the public money, not overseer of his own fiefdom.

Recruits (using California tax $) out of state, foreign $50,000 tuition students who displace qualified sons, daughters of Californians from public university
Spends $7,000,000 + for consultants to do his & vice chancellors work
(prominent East Coast University accomplishing same 0 cost).
University accrues $150 million of inefficiencies over his 8 year reign.
Pays ex Michigan governor $300,000 for lectures.
In procuring $3,000,000 consultants failed to receive proposals from other firms.
Latino enrollment drops while out of state jumps 2010.
Tuition to Return on Investment drops below top10.
NCAA places basketball program on probation: absence institutional control.

These are not isolated examples: it’s all shameful. There is no justification for such actions by a steward of the public trust. Absolutely none. Like with an addiction, admitting you have a problem is the first step toward correcting it.

Birgeneau’s practices will not change. UC Board of Regents Chair Sherry Lansing must do a better job of vigorously enforcing oversight by President Yudof than has been done in the past to Chancellors who, like Birgeneau, treat the university as their fiefdom.

Until demonstrable action is swiftly applied to chancellors by the UC Board of Regents/President Yudof, the University of California shouldn’t come to the Governor or public for support for any taxes, additional funding.

I have 35 years’ consulting experience, have taught at UC Berkeley, where I observed the culture & the way senior management works. No, I was not fired or downsized & have not solicited contracts from Cal.

Emanuelle Goldstein July 14, 2011 at 3:51 PM
UC is revealing where their priorities lie. The University's mission is not to educate students but to socially engineer society.