State Auditor Calls For Transparency In UC Funding

Tuesday, August 2, 2011
The state auditor Thursday called on the University of California to be more transparent about how it distributes money among its campuses and asked why four campuses with high proportions of black, Latino and Native American students receive lower per-capita funding than some other UC schools.

The auditor's report also criticized UCLA for "wrongfully" using $5 million from a student activities fund to construct a student center and for plans, since abandoned, to tap the fund further to renovate the Pauley Pavilion basketball arena. UCLA contends that it had the right to use the student fee money but dropped plans to spend any on the Pauley project.

The audit was requested last year by state Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco), a frequent critic of the pay and perks of UC executives. But the report, which reviewed five years of UC spending through fiscal 2009-10, did not contain major revelations about administrators' compensation, a point noted with satisfaction by university officials.

UC President Mark G. Yudof, in a formal written response, urged legislators in the future "to provide more evidence of malfeasance than innuendo" in seeking such a probe.

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