Thursday, December 4, 2014

Birgeneau on Parenting and Tuition Hikes : “We need a return to an ethos where parents say, ‘This is my responsibility,’” he said. And other stuff.

yep, let's start off w/ that quote in Sac Bee: Former Berkeley Chancellor Says Tuition Increase Helps Low Income Students
On cementing in the CA class stratification - see Reclaim UC piece:

On the Democrats' Education Plan, Part 2: Resegregation with many helpful charts, infographs
the AP headline--Lawmakers Want To Ask Voters To Strip UC Autonomy,
Lawmakers want to ask voters to strip University of California autonomy

another less extreme headline and perhaps closer to the goals of the actual legislation: Lawmakers Propose Constitutional Amendment To Strip UC Of Some Autonomy

and SF Chron: UC’s rising tuition sparks bill to end college system’s autonomy

Proposals to wrest all or partial control of UC from the regents “seem to come up any time state legislators seem to think the regents are making poor decisions,” Gilly said. “It’s just the way the wind is blowing, and that’s not the way to run the university. ... The regents are the appropriate body to be making independent decisions, free of political whims.”

The regents have resisted efforts to examine their operations more closely even when required to by law. A 2013 law, for example, gave UC more than a year to tell the public how much it spends to educate undergraduates versus graduates, how much it spends on research, and how much money from each funding source goes to each area. UC currently lumps those expenditures together in an “average cost of instruction.”

In a recent story, The Chronicle revealed that UC has let deadlines come and go, with vague promises of complying at a future date.

and Daily Cal with their coverage on it

and their piece on *another newly created* UCOP position: UC’s 1st special adviser on innovation, entrepreneurship assumes position

and this op ed there "Looking into the UC tuition hike":
Recently in The Daily Californian, former UC Berkeley chancellor Robert Birgeneau argued that tuition should increase to help low-income students. He worried “frozen tuition means ever-increasing debt for low-income students.”

It’s an interesting contrast — what’s very bad for most students is supposedly good for the lowest-income students. Was it planned that way? We are waiting for Birgeneau to rally the poorest students and occupy some buildings to demand the “unfreezing” of tuition.

Not to be outdone, Associate Chancellor Nils Gilman has echoed the argument about low-income students needing a tuition increase and added another: Rumors of high administration costs and excess executive compensation are untrue “myths."

and also includes this:

"Lumina is well represented by the university, because Yudof has been a compensated Lumina board member for many years. That would appear to be a conflict of interest, at least during the years when he was UC president and initiating dramatic tuition increases."
Sac Bee Editorial Board on California finally getting that conversation:
For instance: Should the state ante up like Napolitano says, and raise support for higher education? What fat can be cut from that UC budget? How about the Cal States? Would a modest financial bump help more of those students finish in four years instead of six or seven?

Or – this just in – should we strip UC of its constitutional autonomy altogether and let state legislators manage it?

Regardless of the answers, the mere asking of these questions is worth applauding. For decades, California has been disinvesting in its renowned public university system, a troubling shift that has called into question the state’s commitment to social mobility.

The 10 UC and 23 California State University campuses, together with California’s community colleges, form one of the world’s great academic and economic engines. Over the years, however, they have become ever less accessible and affordable to students.

More than half of all Cal State students attend part time now, largely because they work two and three jobs to afford the classes; at UC, tuition has tripled during the last 20 years.

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