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Donor clout – Shaping curriculum

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Corporate and individual donors are having a big impact at the University of California, the San Francisco Chronicle reported June 26.

Fundraising at the nine-campus system, which raised more othan $1.2 billion in the 1999 fiscal year, can influence what gets taught, donors subsidize research and faculty jobs, and many schools and departments create formal deals with companies that can be controversial, the newspaper said.

Feeling pressured to raise money, some faculty worry fundraising will steal time from teaching and that they’ll be judged on their fundraising performance, the newspaper said.

The state provides less than one-fourth of the system’s budget, with less than 7 percent of its revenue in 1999-2000 coming from private sources.

For full story, go to San Francisco Chronicle.

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