Budget cuts and its impact on California’s knowledge based economy
With some of the nation’s top universities in the state, California has always taken pride in its higher education. However, with Brown’s proposed 16 percent budget cut on higher education, the quality of education in every state university in California is being jeopardized. Universities are starting to cut back on enrollment for the next few years. This will certainly limit the flow of talent that has contributed greatly to the progression of our society for years, thus endangering the creation of jobs for the next generation as “the 33 public universities act as incubators for new companies and a ladder of economic mobility for 650,000 students.”
UC to increase out of state enrollment
In addition to the reduction in future enrollment as well as the cut on teaching assistants, the University of California might resort to admitting more out of state students, who pay higher tuition, as a response to the budget cuts. The chancellors of the 10 UC’s have been asked by President Yudof to come up with plans for how to reduce the budgets on their campus by March. “The physics of the situation cannot be denied…As the core budget shrinks, so must the university” said Yudof.