Saturday, November 22, 2014

Higher Ed Games and Options Terrain

WSJ gets deep into the pol history and numbers- Playing Chicken With Tax Dollars and Tuition in California
It’s Jerry Brown versus Janet Napolitano in a Democratic war over the state’s surplus and spending priorities.

Between 2008 and 2011, state general-fund spending on UCs dropped by about $900 million. During that period, the regents ratcheted up in-state tuition by more than 70%, to $12,192 a year, from $7,126. But note that revenues from tuition and fees have increased to $3 billion from $1.7 billion, so the increase more than offset state budget cuts. And now general funding for the universities is merely $300 million below its 2007 peak.

According to university budget documents, the UCs’ spending from “core funds”—principally, tuition and state funding—has increased by about $1.7 billion since 2009. Yet the regents claim that more money is needed to fund “high-priority investments”—namely, employee pay and benefits.

Desert Sun: UC Tuition Hikes Still Optional Janet Napolitano Says
...the former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security told The Desert Sun she hopes increased state funding will negate any need for tuition hikes.


Napolitano also weighed in on President Barack Obama's executive action Thursday protecting five million undocumented immigrants from deportation.

"When I was homeland security secretary, we developed deferred action for DREAM students, and we have a couple thousand of those at the University (of California) right now. It's been great for them, and I think what (Obama) announced last night builds on the same theory of executive action," she said. "I think the president was very clear that in the end the solution here has to be with the Congress."


UC Expands Legal Services For Immigrant Students

UC President Janet Napolitano announced Friday that the university has established an Undocumented Student Legal Services Center to provide legal advice on immigration at the system's campuses without law schools.
The targeted campuses are located in Merced, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Santa Cruz and Riverside.

WaPo wonk blog: The University of California just jacked up its tuition. Why your state could be next.

There's a game of chicken going on between public universities and states across the country over how to fund schools—and students and parents are losing.
...University of California students are looking to Sacramento, where the legislature will start negotiating the school budget in January. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom gave students a glimmer of hope Thursday when he predicted the state would try to boost funding to avoid a tuition increase in the fall.

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