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University Lecturers on the Breadline: Is the UK Following in America’s Footsteps?

The Guardian takes a first-hand look at the U.S.’ ongoing trend towards the corporatization of higher education, and the real effects of driving down the cost of instruction to maximize profits: “The thing is the real economic hardship of this,” says Wedell, who lectures at the University of Southern California Roski School of Art and […]

USG College Affordability Resolution Hits the Mark

Daily Trojan writer Lily Vaughan weighs in on the recent affordability resolution put forth by USG: “The lack of transparency as to where these funds are going increases mistrust among the University community and amplifies the sting of the same tuition increases the University fails to explain. Students deserve to be able to predict the cost of […]

New CFO Should Invest Responsibly

The Daily Trojan weighs in on USC’s new CFO, and the need to invest in the workers and faculty who make our university great: “As the University grows in reputation as a top-ranked research university, students and University workers alike have consistently challenged its stance on socially responsible growth. In June, the removal of the University’s […]

USG Introduces Resolution on College Tuition

In an effort to increase transparency and lower tuition costs, members of USG introduced a resolution on college affordability last night. From the Daily Trojan: “The resolution presentation began with the results of a college affordability survey conducted a few months ago. The results gathered 1,903 responses over a period of three weeks and showed […]

Tracking the Money: Where Do Your Tuition Dollars Go?

From Annenberg TV News:   “USC collected $1.3 billion in tuition money in 2014, 65% of its total revenue. Most of that money went to employee compensation. 63% of expenses, some $1.2 billion, were employement-related, including salary, bonuses and health care.  Still, some employees are getting paid more than others. President Nikias makes almost $1.6 […]

Protesters Ask USC: What Are We Paying For?

From Annenberg TV News: “Members of USC Forward, a group of students, faculty and community members fighting for “a better USC”, gathered outside Bovard Auditorium on USC’s campus today to protest tuition hikes and low wages for USC faculty. About 200 protesters participated in the march. They handed out flyers with the headline “WTF are […]

Outside of USC, Pat Haden Holds More Than a Dozen Roles That Pay at Least a Half-Million Dollars a Year

The LA Times reports: “Haden, whose annual salary and benefit package at USC is $2.5 million, collected about $135,000 combined in annual fees from four charitable foundations, according to the most recent Internal Revenue Service filings for the school and the nonprofits. Most foundations and other types of charities do not pay their board members, […]