UC Berkeley lays off employees
In efforts to reduce university spending, UC Berkeley will be laying off 150 staff members up till the end of June. The University hopes that these efforts plus other cuts will save $75 million dollars in university spending. This money is much needed considering the $500 million Governor Jerry Brown will cut from the UC system this year. Berkeley will be cutting employees from administrative positions. The University also plans on saving by renegotiating contracts with different vendors. By taking new approaches the UC hopes to provide a reasonable tuition.
UC Riverside is growing in popularity this year. It had the biggest increase in applications out of all of the nine undergraduate UC campuses. The growth has caused riverside to stop accepting referral pool students, people eligible for a UC but not accepted to their preferred campus. The rise went from 13.2% last year to 25.9%. The UC plans to keep their enrollment cap at 31,500 students. The rise in applicants is thanks to the aggressive marketing campaign for UCR focusing on the high quality education that the campus provides. This popularity is a large milestone for UC Riverside.
UCSC says goodbye to American Studies
UC Santa Cruz is planning to suspend their American Studies program this year. Unfortunately, the American Studies faculty was just too small with only five members. Because of the budget cuts, the university was unable to fill the faculty positions. Currently, there are 125 students with the major of American Studies that may need to find a different graduation route. The school hopes that the recent budget cuts will not affect any more of their majors that they provide.