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Up Front May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

As I write this, it is tax time again. This annual event always confronts me with the past year’s pattern of saving and spending and reminds me of Mr. Micawber’s advice in Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield: “Annual income 20 pounds, annual expenditure 19 pounds 19 and six, result happiness. Annual income 20 pounds, annual expenditure 20 pounds ought and six, result misery.” 

Micawber’s advice, which he was incapable of taking himself, is as relevant to California’s present budget plight as it was to Victorian debtors’ prisons. But tax day also prompts the question, what exactly doth the taxman take taxes for?

The 2010 California state budget allocated 10.6 percent for higher education (while 7.2 percent is spent on prisons, a growth of almost 250 percent since 1990), providing only 8 percent of UC San Diego’s gross operating revenues for 2009-10—and that is before the draconian cuts coming this year. OK, so why should you or I care? The gatefold in this issue is the reason we should.  It represents some of the more than 150 UCSD-generated businesses launched in the San Diego region alone during the University’s first 50 years (nationwide there are over 640 UCSD-generated businesses).

Growth Spurt, charts Richard Atkinson’s years as UCSD chancellor, laying out how the University became this engine of growth for the California economy. Both features demonstrate how UCSD has given high returns for the state’s investment, producing a total economic impact in the San Diego region of more than $20 billion. It is not difficult to argue that investment in higher education and UCSD has resulted in an innovative society of creative thinkers and entrepreneurs. And, as Barkis, another character in David Copperfield, says, that’s “as true as taxes is. And nothing’s truer than them.”

Raymond Hardie, Editor

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Excuse this brief interruption while we take a moment to congratulate ourselves. The UCSD Alumni Association was recognized in three different categories by the Council for the Advance­ment and Support of Education (CASE) at the CASE District VII conference in San Francisco, in November.

The Association won three Awards of Excellence for its creative use of technology, new programs and general interest magazine. It received a gold medal award for its innovative “AlumnIdea” crowdsourcing microsite that allows alumni to give interactive feedback; a gold medal award for the “Discovery Ambassador Initiative,” a program that reconnects alumni with the University; and a silver medal award for the magazine, which we hope you are happily perusing.