Today was an intense day at the Board of Regents, with student protesters and police clashing outside as the UC Regents talked about nonresident enrollment increases and changed the “education fee” to “tuition”.
The nonresident enrollment increase does not require a Regental action, at least, not until the Commission on the Future report officially goes before the Board of Regents in December. Thus, the increase from 6.5% to 10% cap systemwide is going forward, incrementally, across the system. Multiple Regents expressed concern about displacing California students as we increase non-resident students, and also the lower numbers of ethnic/racial diversity in non-resident students, while other Regents talked about the importance of the revenue gained from non-resident tuition, and also questions about whether non-residents stayed in California after they graduated.
The change from education fee to tuition flew by the Regents, with no discussion in the Joint Committee on Education Policy and Finance. Both myself and Alfredo Moralez stand against the change.
Outside, student protesters clashed multiple times with police, on multiple different occasions. NBC has video of students clashing with police, and then getting peppersprayed with a hose by the Regents. The report is that students stormed the barricades surrounding the building, and the police response was pepper spray in the front of the building. You can see the video here: http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local-beat/UC-Regents-Meeting-Sparks-Protests-108715414.html?__source=Facebook&ref=nf
The video also shows students storming the building through the parking garage, resulting in a number of arrests. The parking building proved to be a huge point of action for students, and was the result of news reports now saying that UC police drew a gun on students.
Unfortunately, I was upstairs in the Regents meeting while this happened, but reports from twitter and news says that a student had took a baton from a police officer while struggling with them to enter the building, and hit him with it, and that a nearby police officer then reacted by drawing his revolver. No shots were fired in the confrontation, and 11 students were reported to be arrested.
The SF chronicle has pictures and LA Times has a short story on the item.
Tomorrow will only have two committees before the Regents – a fee increase vote on both PDF and Education Fee/Tuition, and a discussion item on UC Retirement Plan.