Learn more about the fee increase

In order to show the everyone that we have are legitimate in our demands, we need to show them that we know what we’re up against.  We need to empower ourselves by educating ourselves.  Here are some articles to check out.  Learn more, share the knowledge, and strengthen our fight!


1. In a November 12 LA Times Article, a telephone survey was conducted to
determine the opinion of California residents in regards to the state
public universities and community colleges. Polls showed that state
residents think that California's public higher education does a
excellent job in comparison to the low approval ratings given to the
Governor and the state legislature.

Contradictions: The public is aware of the budget cuts that are being made to the state's
education system; 59% of poll takers said that colleges should be given
high priority in state funding. BUT, only 41% of poll takers are
willing to pay higher taxes to make up the cuts and 29% are less willing
to increase student fees. The survey also shows that 89% of families
are concerned over rising fees which undermine their financial capabilities.
Let's shift this conversation, we need our words to match our actions!

We need to get the state to fund public colleges and universities again
(higher education used to be virtually free),
even in this time of economic crisis.  The LA Times reported that every dollar an individual
pays into higher public education, the individual gets four dollars back.
Funding higher education is the most effective way for the state to invest into
the future of the economy.


Let's get California to reinvest in our education, in the future of the state!

One response to “Learn more about the fee increase

  1. Doye O Sivils

    Let’s get the UC and UCB senior management to save $3,000,000 for students. Right NOW! Threats to University of California Funding Don’t Come From the Outside – $3 Million Spending by UC President Yudof for University of California Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau to Hire Consultants When Work Can Be Done Internally, Impartially & Professionally.
    During the days of the Great Recession, every dollar in higher education counts. Contact Chairwoman Budget Sub-committee on Education Finance Assemblywoman Carter 916.319.2062 – tell her to stop the $3,000,000 spending by Birgeneau on consultants.
    Do the work internally at no additional costs with UCB Academic Senate Leadership (C. L. Kutz, F. A. Doyle), the world – class professional UCB faculty/ staff, & the UCB Chancellor’s bloated staff (G. W. Breslauer, N. Brostrom, F. Yeary, P. Hoffman, C. Holmes etc) & President Yudof.
    President Yudof’s UCB Chancellor should do the high paid work he is paid for instead of hiring expensive East Coast consults to do the work of his job. ‘World class’ smart executives like Chancellor Birgeneau need to do the hard work analysis, and make the tough-minded difficult, decisions to identify inefficiencies.
    Where do the $3,000,000 consultants get their recommendations?
    From interviewing the UCB senior management that hired them and approves their monthly consultant fees and expense reports. Remember the nationally known auditing firm who said the right things and submitted recommendations that senior management wanted to hear and fooled the public, state, federal agencies?
    $3 million impartial consultants never bite the hands (Chancellor Birgeneau/ Chancellor Yeary) that feed them!
    Mr. Birgeneau’s accountabilities include “inspiring innovation, leading change.” Instead of deploying his leadership and setting a good example by doing the work of his Chancellor’s job, Birgeneau outsourced his work to the $3,000,000 consultants. Doesn’t he engage UC and UC Berkeley people at all levels to examine inefficiencies and recommend $150 million of trims? Hasn’t he talked to Cornell and the University of North Carolina – which also hired the consultants — about best practices and recommendations that eliminate inefficiencies?
    No wonder the faculty, staff, students, Senate & Assembly are angry and suspicious.
    In today’s Great Recession three million dollars is a irresponsible price to pay when a knowledgeable ‘world-class’ UCB Chancellor and his bloated staff do not do the work of their jobs.
    Pick up the phone and call: save $3 million for students!

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