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Ziman: There are
38 million people in this state. We have to educate them. We have
to do what we can do so that they become part of our economy, part
of our environment, and if we don’t, it’s going to adversely
affect California to the point where, as Henry says, we will have
mediocrity, or even worse. So it’s imperative that we maintain
quality and access. The Michigan model of using students from outside
the state to pay the freight is, in my opinion, unacceptable for
California. There’s no vision there. It is not furthering
the goal of what this university should be for the state.
It’s imperative that we figure out how to meet these challenges
and advance our objectives. We have a duty to bring our residents,
our people of California, up to the highest educational caliber
possible so that they, in turn, can give back to create an economy
and a research environment, whether it’s basic, clinical,
whatever it may be, that will give back to the community and will
encourage the community to grow more.
for greatness and achieving greatness is a direct function of dynamism,
not stasis. The idea that good may be good enough is anathema to
anyone who is involved in this enterprise. “Good is good enough”
translates into a kind of complacency that is a death knell for
greatness. If the pressure we’re feeling because of the funding
gap pushes us to a call to arms to create dynamism, it will enhance
our ability to be competitive.
Garrett: We have
no other choice.