UC 411: Tier Tuition (different tuition at different UCs); UC Fears an All-Cuts State Budget

Different Tuition Rates at Different UCs
As prospects for the California state budget and what it may mean for the University of California become progressively grimmer, other sources of revenue are sought after.  One option being explored is the idea of differential tuition—having different tuition rates for independent UC campuses.  For example, students would pay more to attend UC Berkeley or UCLA than UCR.  Advocates say that varying tuition based on consumer demand would help raise funds for schools.  Opponents argue that the idea is elitist and would be detrimental the UC as a unified system.  Officials and UC Berkeley and UCLA have been the most vocal about differential tuition, but UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau suggests that the regents set a standard applicable throughout the UC but allow individual campuses to range 25% above or below that standard.  In contrast, UC Santa Cruz Chancellor George R. Blumenthal argued that differential tuition would harm the unity and resources of the UC system, that the implementation of differential tuition would run the risk of schools in greater demand raising tuition right away and making some campuses inaccessible to many California students. 

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-uc-tuition-20110509,0,5070335.story

Nothing to fear but an “all-cuts budget”
Governor Jerry Brown has previously estimated that an all-cuts budget might mean that tuition could rise to as much as $20,000-25,000 and UC President Yudof predicts the same.  This grim possibility has seen opposition from both the public and private sector, as business leaders argued before the senate budget committee that public universities provide the “human capital” that is necessary for success.  The budget released in January proposed $12.5 billion in cuts and imposing $14 billion in tax-extensions, but the tax-extensions did not pass.  The revised budget is due out on May 16.  This would mean that the UC system most likely will have to deal with more cuts.  Yudof stated that the UC system could handle $500 million in cuts, but if there are more cuts, the University of California would have to raise tuition and cut services.

Read more: http://www.dailycal.org/article/113087/yudof_warns_of_drastic_turn_with_all-cuts_budget


2 responses to “UC 411: Tier Tuition (different tuition at different UCs); UC Fears an All-Cuts State Budget

  1. Grantiepantie

    I love how UCR is the prime example for the university that would have a lower demand and be on the lower tuition tier.

  2. Milan Moravec

    University of California UCOP, Chancellors and Vice Chancellors, Tenured and Non Tenured Faculty wages do not reflect California’s depressed wages. Align UC wages with Californian’s ability to pay
    The public pays toward the costs of the University of California and the University of California is not untouchable. As many Californians face foreclosure, unemployment and depressed wages it’s about time that the timid University of California Board of Regents and University of California President Mark Yudof reined in administrative and faculty compensation.

    As a Californian, I don’t care what others earn at private and public universities in the United States. If the wages are better elsewhere, UC-paid employees need to apply for the positions. If wages are what keep UC paid employees committed to the University of California, leave for the better-paying position. The sky will not fall.

    Wages at the University of California need to reflect California’s ability to pay not what others are being paid. California is in the worst deficit in modern times.

    Current UCOP, campus chancellors and vice chancellors, and faculty are replaceable by like talented people.

    Here is what we should do:

    18 percent cut in UCOP salaries and $50 million cut.

    18 percent is cut in campus chancellors’, vice chancellors’ salaries.

    10 percent cut in faculty salaries, as well as increase the research and teaching load.

    The UC Board of Regents can begin now to bridge the trust gap with Californians by offering reassurances that UC salaries reflect
    depressed wages in California. Everyone is replaceable at the University of California. The sky has not and will not fall.

    Californians are reasonable people. Levy no new taxes until an approved balanced budget: Let the governor and Legislature make the tough-minded (not coldhearted) decisions of elected leadership. Then come to Californians for specified, continuing or new taxes.

    Thanking you in advance for your partnership and for standing up for Californians and the University of California.

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