Friday, December 19, 2014

Napolitano: "I think for a long time now we’ve been hiding behind reputation as opposed to what really matters, which is public support."

Gov. Jerry Brown will be announcing a draft budget for 2015 in January. What are you hoping to see?

The governor and I have spoken at length since the Regents’ meeting and the discussions have been not only about money, but really the value of the university and what goes into an education at the university. I think there is a bigger picture here…. What is the priority in California for public higher education?

-she comments on on SCA 1 proposed legislation regarding changes to UC constitutional autonomy
-and she describes the tuition hikes that were voted on and now are policy-- as "contingency"
-and she discusses concerns about changes to the middle class plan for students and more
here at New America Media:
Napolitano: What is the Priority for Public Higher Education in CA?

A New York Times poll found that more Americans feel the American dream is unattainable. Do you see a connection to what is happening in higher education?

The economic recovery has not been experienced equally. Too many people feel stuck. They’re not moving up, and they don’t see their kids moving up. And that’s the American dream.

I think in California we have a separate dream: The California dream. We have the opportunity to be different than the rest of the nation. And I think we pivot that difference off the fact that we have these great universities, and great state schools and great community colleges. But they can’t be great in name only. It takes substance under that. I think for a long time now we’ve been hiding behind reputation as opposed to what really matters, which is public support.

Sac Bee Jerry Brown’s budget: Five things to watch

3. Brown v. Napolitano, Round 2

University of California President Janet Napolitano and the University of California’s governing board voted last month to raise tuition if Brown and lawmakers don't give the university system more money.

The threat was a budget play, and Brown’s response is expected to come in his spending plan.

In previous budget documents, Brown conditioned modest annual funding increases for the UC on the system holding tuition flat. Through the two sides never made a formal pact preventing a tuition increase, Brown officials have accused the UC of breaking a deal.

Brown could offer the UC more money, or threaten to reduce funding if the UC raises tuition. Or he could hold fast to his original plan for a modest funding increase, hoping the UC blinks.

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