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