Pomo Periscope XXII: There Is No Such Thing as a Free Diversocrat

17 July 2011 at 9:34 am 1 comment

| Nicolai Foss |

The California budget crisis may be tough on the university system. But as Heather MacDonald points out in City Journal, California universities (specifically, UC San Diego) are still adding “diversity fat even as it snuffs out substantive academic programs.” As she notes, the opportunity costs of pomo are becoming very visible indeed:

UC San Diego just lost a trio of prestigious cancer researchers to Rice University. Rice had offered them 40 percent pay raises over their total compensation packages, which at UCSD ranged from $187,000 to $330,000 a year. They take with them many times that amount in government grants. Scrapping the new Vice Chancellorship for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion could have saved at least one, if not two, of those biologists’ positions.

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  • 1. Randy  |  17 July 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Alas, Nicolai, this phenomenon exists across US universities, especially cash-strapped public universities. I hope your daughter doesn’t have to put up with the forced diversity training that my daughter had to endure during her bachelor’s degree in business. Tragic. Wasteful.

    The unseen institutional phenomenon that positively feeds back into this proliferation is that all these hires actually count toward “diversity targets”. Once the campus commits to increased representation of under-represented groups, the fastest way to make progress is to hire 57 diversity specialists, all of whom are members of these groups. Instant success!

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