As students head back to the University of California system this month they face increased fees, reduced enrollment caps, and scaled-back services as a result of massive budget cuts across the state.
Meanwhile, many UC executives are enjoying pay raises, stipends, and other benefits.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported today that during a July 16 meeting, the UC Board of Regents simultaneously approved increased pay for more than two dozen executives while slashing $813 million from the system's budget.
UC officials said that the move helps the system attract and retain talented employees at a time when good leadership is desperately needed. They also said that the raises allow schools to simply eliminate a position once it is vacated and delegate that position's responsibilities to other executives instead of hiring a new employee.
But opponents note that thousands of employees are now doing more work for less money as a result of the budget cuts, if they were fortunate enough to keep their jobs at all.