UCLA is a great school with big plans.Â During a time of tight budgets, we are investing in basketballÂ and perhaps even a luxury hotel.Â Â While I would focus our investments on hiring new faculty and increasing Ph.D. graduate student stipends, I don’t have much political clout.Â Â With this in mind, I will focus my new trial balloon on a unique piece of physical capital.Â I’ve learned that investing in human capital isn’t “cool”.Â We are costly. Â We aren’t new and shiny. We tend to leave (and graduate) and donors aren’t impressed when they look at us.
My ProposalÂ UCLAÂ shouldÂ open a new campus inÂ SienaÂ .Â Â I am in Italy and have just spent two days in Siena.Â I am convinced that ancient Siena is the future. Its quality of life is superb.Â Â If UCLA is going to start to charge “Ivy League” tuition, then we will need to offer some thrills and this might do it.Â I would be willing to teach there and I know where to take you for dinner.