Saturday, November 15, 2014

...said Newsom, who made plain he would vote against Napolitano’s proposed tuition increase. Brown “has every point of leverage. To do this in such an overt way was, I thought, disrespectful to the governor. But also tactically naive.”

that's in this op ed at SF Chron: UC head Janet Napolitano’s bold challenge to Gov. Jerry Brown By John Diaz

“Nobody wants a showdown,” she said. “We’re not meeting with six guns outside the Long Branch Saloon or something. This is a serious issue for California.”

Her denial notwithstanding, this is a showdown, and the paces begin this week when the UC regents take up her proposal.

“It’s bold and aggressive, and perhaps with Janet doing it with eyes wide open,” said Newsom, who with Brown serves on the UC and CSU boards. He noted that the CSU trustees just finished putting together two budgets: One with the agreed-upon tuition freeze, the other for a scenario in which legislators chose to exceed the planned 4 percent increase.

“There’s no gun to their head, in contrast with UC,” said Newsom, who made plain he would vote against Napolitano’s proposed tuition increase. Brown “has every point of leverage. To do this in such an overt way was, I thought, disrespectful to the governor. But also tactically naive.”


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Over the years, I’ve asked a question of numerous leaders of higher education, and never received a satisfactory explanation: Why do college costs so consistently outpace inflation? Napolitano’s response was no more convincing than the others: In effect, it’s a personnel-intensive sector, and the competition is heavy for the best and brightest.

and then also note the closing comments from Newsom on 'structural reform of classroom delivery'
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Lompoc Record: Faceoff In Higher Education
The governor apparently sees the UC’s tuition-increase proposal as a form of institutional piling on. We see it as a form of blackmail employed by UC officials, with students as unwilling pawns.
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(subscription required) U-T San Diego: Same old UC plan: spend and hike tuition
Lt. Gov. Newsom slams university for its pay-boosting priorities

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there's this upcoming event on Monday with KQED UC Tuition Hike Proposal Upsets Students, Pits UC President Against Governor (will post the archive here once available)

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