You've heard the old expression "You have to spend money to make money." One public university is taking it a little too literally:
UC Berkeley has agreed to pay a consultant $3 million to help the school find new ways to save money - an agreement that has irritated some faculty members whose pay is being cut this year.
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"It absolutely sickens me that the majority of my 8 percent pay cut is going - not to protect the core teaching and research mission of the university- but rather to compensate overpaid business consultants and their multimonth hotel stays and weekly flights home," an angry employee told The Chronicle. She declined to be named, saying she feared retribution.
She and other employees have raised several additional issues, including the idea that UC Berkeley should take advantage of in-house experts at, say, its own Haas School of Business, to do the work.