Monday, March 17, 2014

that middle class Blue and Gold plan- again not part of the comments here

in this alumni op ed: For Parents and Children, a UC Chain Is Broken

Our kids say it’s all about the kind of college experience they wanted – and didn’t want. For years, they’ve heard cautionary tales about the challenges of being an undergraduate in the teeming UC system, from the inability to get into necessary classes to the 500-student lecture halls, inaccessible professors and struggles to get help from overburdened teaching assistants.

-it ends like this
Perhaps it’s that nurturing multigenerational loyalty is important, especially if UC ever hopes to grow bigger endowments as a cushion for lean budget times. For our family, it means the chain is broken, and the peeling Cal bumper sticker may soon be gone for good.

Daily Cal UC President Janet Napolitano talks diversity, online education (she also did this l'il Q & A w/ Sac Bee) and this coverage of: her advocacy and Grad Research Day in Sacto

Also see their overview of some of the UC Regents agenda items for later this week
SF Chron Editorial California Should Fix College Affirmative Action Law

The proposition was born in an era when preferences and quotas were fresh in mind and the electorate and campuses were largely white. A fear of losing classroom slots to black and Latino students powered the success of the measure.

In the wake of Prop. 209, both the expected - a drop in black students - and the unexpected - a jump in Asian American students - have occurred. White students are now underrepresented on University of California campuses.

In Sacramento, these tensions are being felt too. The measure's author, Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina (Los Angeles County), had aimed for the fall ballot this year. But he may push it back to 2016 to build public awareness and overcome worries among colleagues deluged by protests from Asian American voters opposed to a change that might dilute their college numbers.

That ol' tune


  1. The blue-and-gold plan is not UC wide (so far as I can tell) and it does not apply to a lot of UC alumni who make just enough to get no benefit from it. The net price of a UC education has gone way up. For many people, it ends up being only about $10k a year cheaper than a top-rated private college. The difference in class sizes alone is worth that much to many parents.

  2. right, blue and gold for Cal - that was the campus their child was considering. their op ed was about many other factors they took into consideration. it was interesting that they did not raise blue and gold or any middle class aimed plans being discussed in their op ed.