Colleges Skimp on Science, Spend Big on Diversity

Michael Barone, Washington Examiner, April 4, 2012

How many times have you heard Barack Obama talk about “investing” in education? Quite a few, if you’ve been listening to the president at all.

In fact Americans have been investing more and more in education over the years, led by presidents Democratic and Republican. But it’s become glaringly clear that we’re getting pretty lousy return on these investments.

That’s been evident at the K-12 level for a long time. {snip}


On higher education Democrats and many Republicans as well have followed the same course as on public schools: Shovel in more money, in this case in the form of Pell Grants and subsidized student loans.


And what has the money been spent on? Some of it presumably goes to professors in the hard sciences and the great scholars who have made American universities the best in the world. Well and good.

But many university administrators have other priorities. The University of California system has been raising tuitions and cutting departments. But, reports John Leo in the invaluable Minding the Campus blog, its San Diego campus found the money to create a new post of “vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion.”

That’s in addition to what the Manhattan Institute’s Heather Mac Donald calls its “already massive diversity apparatus.” It takes Mac Donald 103 words just to list the titles of UCSD’s diversitycrats.

The money for the new vice chancellorship could have supported two of the three cancer researchers that the campus lost to Rice University in Houston, a private school that apparently takes the strange view that hard science is more important than diversity facilitators.

This doesn’t just happen on the Left Coast. The University of North Carolina at Wilmington saved some money by lumping together two science departments and raised spending on its five diversity-multicultural offices.


Glenn Reynolds, proprietor of and a law professor at the University of Tennessee, says we’re watching a higher education bubble that’s just about to pop. That’s what happens when you throw a lot of money at college and university administrators who don’t have much common sense.

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  • WmarkW

    Here’s part of the MacDonald piece:

     The University of California at San Diego, for example, is creating a new full-time “vice chancellor for equity, diversity, and inclusion.” This position would augment UC San Diego’s already massive diversity apparatus, which includes the Chancellor’s Diversity Office, the
    associate vice chancellor for faculty equity, the assistant vice chancellor for diversity, the faculty equity advisors, the graduate diversity coordinators, the staff diversity liaison, the undergraduate student diversity liaison, the graduate student diversity liaison, the
    chief diversity officer, the director of development for diversity initiatives, the Office of Academic Diversity and Equal Opportunity, the Committee on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Issues, the Committee on the Status of Women, the Campus Council on Climate, Culture and Inclusion, the Diversity Council, and the directors of the Cross-Cultural Center, the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center, and the Women’s Center.

    • Oil Can Harry

      What? They don’t have an Office for Campus Outreach to Bisexual Vegan Dwarves?!? How insensitive! 

      And can you believe Rice University spending money on cancer research instead of diversity? WHERE ARE THEIR PRIORITIES?

      •  Hitlerite priorities, evidently. They should be boycotted (and such) at once!

  • The hard sciences are racist because they dont let blacks score on them come test time.

  • The_Bobster

    Diversocrats Rule in Today’s Politically Correct Universities
    By Brenda Walker on April 4, 2012 at 11:44pm

    Michael Barone has written a nice article about the assault on higher edcation by the diversity bureaucrats, as if “inclusion” were the job of the university rather than education.

    But the piece would have been improved by the inclusion of some dollar signs showing what all this diversity really costs.

    Following is a jaw-dropper that I’ve been saving, where the taxpayer cost of a deluxe diversity office at UC Berkeley is mentioned in the fine print in a bio paragraph about a professional diversocrat:

    UC Berkeley’s Plans for Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity, Diversity Journal, MAY 4, 2011, by Gibor Basri, Vice Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion UC Berkeley

    My 30 years as a professor in the Department of Astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley, has given me a comprehensive perspective about the needs and desires of the students, faculty, and staff on this campus. With shifts in state policies and economic challenges over the past few decades, I have shared mounting concerns about the ability of this university to continue to reflect the rich diversity of California and the nation. In 2007, Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau, with the support of campus leadership, launched an entirely new division—the Division of Equity & Inclusion—to address these concerns as never before.

    [. . .]

    Dr. Gibor Basri is the vice chancellor for equity and inclusion at the University of California, Berkeley, overseeing a staff of approximately 150 and a $17-million budget. His responsibilities include working with faculty, staff, and students on strategic planning and fundraising for UC Berkeley’s Initiative for Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity and to carry out other key programs. An expert in “brown dwarves,” stars that cool down to planetary temperatures, Basri is an astrophysicist, who has taught at Berkeley for 25 years.

    Here in California, the chronic budget problems have caused a chainsaw to be taken to the state’s once excellent university system.

    But UC Berkeley spends $17 million yearly on a diversity program when there seems to be plenty of diversity on campus already. In fall 2011, the freshman enrollment was only 27.1 percent white.

  • redshirts

    More Diversity Sons and Daughters of Obama on campus serves a critical social need by advancing equality and democracy.

    The more blacks we have on campus, the more eyes and ears we have watching and listening for hidden or subtle forms of racism from the White students. By catching more racists in the act, we can take immediate action, mandate more anti racism training, more sensitivity seminars, more civil rights and social justice programs, and mau mau more money out of the budget and endowment for the African American Alliance, demand more full time and tenure track Diversity faculty, and ban all forms of implicit Whiteness, such as sororities and fraternities that don’t demonstrate a commitment to Diversity and inclusion.

    Since everyone knows that all Whites are infected by vile racist White privilege, the more blacks on campus also creates more opportunities for unsavory displays of Negro Fatigue and explicit racism.

    Diversity forces Whiteys to recognize and acknowledge their racism. Our very presence in numbers above over a particular minimal threshold of Diversity Tolerance in the Whiteys will automatically bring out their racist acts and hostility toward us. We expect the N-word to show up on doors and nooses in the library.

    Through increasing Diversity, we better monitor Whiteness by having the numbers necessary to force Whiteys to continually audit themselves for ugly, toxic, hateful, pernicious, outrageous, shocking, disappointing, horrifying, hideous, hateful, invidious, intolerable, venomous, virulent racism, i.e. White privilege.

    • IstvanIN

      I remember when this first happened.  She must have thought blacks are “just like me” and we lost a truly worthwhile white woman so that we can support a worthless black male for life.

      We pay and pay and pay and get nothing but grief.

  • loyalwhitebriton

    Obviously, a “Vice Chancellor of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion” will help to save more lives than two or three tatty cancer research specialists. Anyone who disagrees is a racist!.

  • Whiteyyyyy

    When all the diversity money runs out blacks are going to be back in the stone age. This is probably  the last generation of ” middle class ” blacks.

    • redshirts

      Racism never raises its ugly head until something uglier first appears.

  • This is part of the Long March Through Institutions.  Anti-White, Anti-Nation people want to quash real research in order to give time and money to Marxist party hacks preaching  “diversity.”

    Let me tell you, the last thing an American college campus needs is another 4th rate mind as a “vice chancellor of diversity” or any such clap trap. Every college is overrun with that trash.

  • IstvanIN

    I might point out to you that is was a Latin American country that split the atom, created the Polio vaccine, invented heavier than air flight, televison and put on a man on the moon, to name just a few of diverity’s contributions to the world.

    •  I hope your comment was one of sarcasm…

    • anonymous_amren

      A Latin American country, you say? Must be one of those “white hispanics” we’ve been hearing about lately. 😉

      • Lou

         IstvanIN did what we call a liberal hit run job…lol

  • Of course a “diversity czar” costs more than a professor, devising a scheme to sneak more blacks in college is a heck of a lot more complicated than solving the mysteries of the universe or curing cancer

  • Southern__Hoosier

    I wonder how long it will be before they offer a Nobel Prize in Diversity? Or maybe they can create a cabinet level Sec of Diversity. 

  • ageofknowledge

    No wonder we fell from first in the world for public education to 27th place. Our top 5% only rank 21st in the world now compared to the top 5% of other countries. And this after spending twice as much in real dollars after adjusting for inflation. First to 27th place despite spending twice as much in real dollars. Wow.Waiting For Superman (part 2):

    Part 2:
    Watch all 10 parts.

  • JohnEngelman

    Microsoft practices diversity the way it should be practiced. People from all over the world work for Microsoft. Many of them speak English as a second language. There is only one characteristic where there is no diversity: personal merit. 

  • Impertinent

    “The money for the new vice chancellorship could have supported two of the three cancer researchers ..”

    Who may have in time stumbled on a cure for one form of cancer or another. Whereas with race baiters…there can never be a cure. To them it’s a terminal disease only affecting white DNA so that Fat Al Sharpton and his racist black cohorts will be forever immune from a scientific cure to end their disease.