Beyond UC: Reinvesting in the California Dream

“A generation ago, California led the nation in investing in public education, from preschool through K-12, and continuing through our community colleges, our California State University and our University of California systems.” For the past few years, our state has now been facing drastic budget cuts in education reaching up to $18 billion cuts for the upcoming school year.

Read full story: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/may/15/we-must-reinvest-in-the-california-dream/

UC 411: The UC and Cal States face potential budget cuts of $1 billion

The Cal States and University of California face a potential $1 billion reduction in state funding for the coming school year. “The actions may be necessary to keep classroom doors open if tax extensions requested by Gov. Jerry Brown are not approved, Chancellor Charles B. Reed told trustees at a meeting in Long Beach.”

Read the full story: http://articles.latimes.com/2011/may/11/local/la-me-0511-calstate-20110511

Campus 101: Paraplegic will walk; UC Workers Protest

Campus 101:
UC Medical Workers Protest
Workers at UC San Diego Medical Center protested outside the hospital
yesterday for negotiations between the University of California and the
labor unions that represents them. About 50 employees gathered to take
part in this state-wide protest. Their main concerns are the cuts in
pensions, the rise in health care premiums, and pay cuts. Diane Klein, a
spokeswoman at the university’s Oakland headquarters, says that the claim
of pay cuts are not true; reporting that a recent study found that the
AFSCME represented service workers is 18 percent higher than counterparts
in other institutions with the same jobs.

Read more:
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/may/12/uc-medical-workers-protest-over-labor-talks/

UC Berkeley Engineers helps student walk at graduation

Austin Whitney will be able to walk across the stage at his UC Berkeley
graduation ceremony, a rite of passage for any student completing their
journey through college, but this walk will be extra special with Whitney
being a paraplegic since 2007. Engineering professor Homayoon Kazerooni
and his team of graduate students have created an exoskeleton that will
give Whitney the ability to stand and walk. This new development truly
validates the UCs place as a dominant research university. But to Whitney
this is not just a technological advancement; it is the chance to finally
meet eye to eye with his professors, and to stand proud.

Learn more about this inspirational story here:
http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2011/05/12/paraplegic-student-exoskeleton-graduation-walk/

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

Beyond UC: Dream Act in California

The California Assembly passed the first of two Dream Act bills allowing a small portion of undocumented students that qualify for in-state tuition to apply for scholarships funded by private donations.  Assemblyman Gilbert Cedillo who had proposed Assembly Bill 130 (the act which had been passed) said that the economy “cannot afford to deny educational opportunities to anyone who has the strength of character, the personal discipline, the intelligence to make it through California’s college or university system.”  
Read more: http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2011/05/college-aid-illegal-immigrants-assembly.html

Beyond UC: Many private universities seeking more applicants

As many of the private universities are now starting to fill up their incoming freshmen class and sending acceptance letters,  these universities “are not only trying to persuade those they have admitted to enroll, but are actively seeking new applicants now — for this coming fall.”

See full story: http://www.insidehighereducation.com/news/2011/05/05/for_many_private_colleges_the_admissions_cycle_is_just_getting_started

UC 411: UC receives $25 million in stem cell research

On May 4th, the California’s stem cell agency granted nine UC scientists $25.8 million in grants for stem cell research. “The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine’s governing board awarded a total of $37.7 million to fund 27 basic biology research projects that are intended to form a foundation for future clinical advances.”

Read full story: http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/article/25480