As State budget cuts impact classes and increases fees, UC students voice their concerns. The Financial Times reports:
The UC system’s public mission was established in 1960 by Pat Brown, the former governor and father of Jerry Brown, California’s attorney-general, who hopes to replace Arnold Schwarzenegger as governor at the end of this year.
But as the state looks to cut its budget deficit, the UC and California State university networks are being asked to share the pain being felt elsewhere in the state, where public workers have had working hours cut and social services programmes have been axed. “When we compete for faculty and undergraduates we’re competing against Harvard, Stanford and MIT – and historically we’ve been able to compete,” said Frank Gilliam, dean of the UCLA School of Public Affairs.
“But the people of California have to answer a very hard question,” he added. “Do they continue to value relatively inexpensive high quality education? Or are they willing to see UC campuses operate at 70 per cent of what they were?”
As administrators and students grapple with the consequences of fee increases, the pressure on the UC system’s finances looks set to intensify over the next decade.