Following a diminishing trend in state budget contributions, coupled with higher tuition fees, Charles M. Young, former chancellor of UCLA, makes the case for California schools to move towards “modified self-sufficiency” in the latest edition of California Policy Options, produced by the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. Advocating public-private partnerships to support UC schools, Young writes about a recent proposal by the UCLA Anderson School and references the successful transition of University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. Provided are options for short-term contracts that establish a review between philanthropists and universities as they act work towards goals of greater planning and financial management.
“Above all the UC must commit itself to provide institutionally-based aid at a level and type which allows all who are eligible for admission to receive support to enable attendance and graduation without incurring unreasonable amounts of debt,” writes Young, adding, “nothing can be accomplished without strong leadership willing to think ‘out of the box’ at the top levels of the state and UC.”
The report also reviews and tackles issues related to the California economy , including:
State budget: an analysis and exploration of the ongoing state budget crisis problems stemming from a slue of issues concerning voter propositions, legislator gridlock, and the Great Recession.
Political forecast: using historical context of the Great Depression, authors examine a look into the partisan debate in Sacramento, and changes sought by new redistricting plans.
Economic Recovery & Forecast: a look at why a “double-dip” recession is unlikely despite a slow economic recovery
Job Loss and Unemployment: examines the “competitiveness” of California when jobs are scare and where the job market may be headed in the coming year.
“California Policy Options 2011” is published by the Ralph and Goldy Lewis Center at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and is available for download online at http://bit.ly/CPO2011