Sunday, December 21, 2014

That Other Half

State Senator Block of San Diego wrote in UT San DiegoTuition tussle: Higher costs hurt diversity discusses his SB 15 legislation.

The best thing to be said about the University of California’s recent proposal to hike tuition by a cumulative 28 percent over five years is that it kicked-started a conversation about funding for higher education. If that was the aim of the UC regents and UC President Janet Napolitano, then they performed a service.

But California leaders are united in their fierce opposition to the proposed UC tuition hikes. Between 2004 and 2013, tuition more than doubled at both UC and California State University campuses because students were used as an ATM to fill budget cuts during the economic downturn. Now it’s time for our state universities to find efficiencies, and for the state to provide greater support to ensure more access and greater affordability to California’s students.

Higher tuition costs will push a diploma out of reach for many and limit economic and ethnic diversity. Students who can borrow enough to meet the increased fees will graduate with debt that will take years to repay, postponing buying a house, starting a business, or contributing to the economy in other ways.

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The above article also offers 'For the views of the chair of the UC Academic Senate, please go here.' but that isn't exactly a specific rebuttal to Block, other proposed leg, or recent developments. It sounds familiar - the 'UC as orchard speech' from the senate chair's comments at the open of the UC Regents Nov. meeting- so, if you missed that there it is again, including this:

Tuition rates also have grown over the years to make up for a portion of the lost funding, but so, too, has financial aid to offset those increases. Half of UC students pay no tuition at all thanks to the university’s strong financial aid program, and nearly half leave UC without any student debt.

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