Beyond UC: Thousands rally at the Day of Action against budget cuts


On Wednesday, students from all 23 Cal State campuses across the state rallied and held teach-in to protests the budget cuts and rising tuition. “The goal, organizers said, was to raise public awareness of the consequences of continued disinvestment in higher education and to give faculty and students a greater voice in policy decisions.”  The rally included a series of events and demonstrations planned by the faculty union, students and employees at Cal State campuses statewide. Moreover, since Wednesday, about 20 students are still protesting through a sit-in at the lobby in the Sacramento State administration building this morning. Through this form of protest, the students are determined to show their demand and fight for the quality of their education.

Read more: http://articles.latimes.com/2011/apr/14/local/la-me-college-protests-20110414

and: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/04/15/3555872/extended-student-sit-in-draws.html#ixzz1JcDFxqg8 

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One response to “Beyond UC: Thousands rally at the Day of Action against budget cuts

  1. I think these UC budget facts (ADJUSTED FOR INFLATION, in 2010 $’s) are very important:

    UC Budget 1966-67: $4.8 Billion ($728M Nominal 1966-67 $’s)

    Source:http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=hNI_AAAAIBAJ&sjid=ZuEFAAAAIBAJ&pg=654,4322965

    UC Budget 2010-11: $21.8 Billion

    Source:http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/factsheets/thefacts_budget_11_17_10.pdf

    The UC is basically scamming the state and its taxpayers.

    Just the unrestricted funds the UC receives ($6.1B) that goes to classroom instruction, etc. are more than the entire budget UC had in 1966. The UC budget in general has increased >4.5x, while it’s total head count only by 2.6x.

    Source:
    http://ucfuture.universityofcalifornia.edu/documents/campus_compare.pdf

    Even the amount of state money it receives has doubled since 1965, though the UC claims the state decreased it’s funding, per capita, it’s the same as 1965 adjusted for inflation:

    http://www.remappingdebate.org/article/mission-shrinking?page=0,1

    CA population is bigger now, so that really adds up. I don’t think adding more students to a campus increases costs dramatically. Those ‘greedy’ corporations have managed to sell more, better computers at a lower inflation adjusted price. One of the first laptops in 1980 would’ve cost $26K today, yet corporations are still getting by with selling $400 netbooks. It’s entirely possible the UC could cost A LOT less.

    However, I’m sure students at UC Berkeley appreciate Biology 1A with its 672 student enrollment limit. I’ll leave it to someone else to computer how much cash was spent on that class.

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