Tough Times Tough Choices
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principal challenge for us
is to be able to compete for
the very best people faculty, students and staff."
Some professors have cited concerns that public universities
are becoming faculty training grounds for private universities.
Having worked at both privates, as provost of Harvard, and at publics,
as chancellor of UCLA, what are your thoughts on this?
A: As I've said, competing for,
recruiting and retaining the best people are increasing challenges.
At the same time, I think it's important not to overstate it. One
of the reasons why other universities are constantly trying to recruit
UCLA faculty is because we have an excellent faculty. That's the
principal reason. In that respect, as my mother would have said,
"This is a good problem." Surely we would not prefer a
world in which other universities did not admire our faculty and
did not seek to attract them to their own campuses. The current
situtation demonstrates the excellence of our faculty.
more that the resource gap between public and private universities
widens, the more difficult our challenge will be. But I hope we
never see the day when the best private universities aren't trying
to lure our faculty away. I just want to make sure that the rate
at which they're successful doesn't increase and that we continue
to attract some of their best faculty to UCLA as well.