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Cost Of Attending UCs Will Increase Again Next Fall

— The University of California Board of Regents has approved an 8 percent tuition increase Thursday. UC students say they’re concerned because tuition keeps going up.

This year, tuition at UC schools jumped 32 percent. Next fall, it will increase another 8 percent. The smaller amount raises tuition by $800 per year. UC’s Lynn Tierney said the university system relies on state funding, which has been drastically cut over the last few years.

“Last year we had furloughs," Tierney said. "In the last couple of years we’ve laid off over 3,000 people, we’ve cut back the office of the president. We’ve cut it almost in half.”

Tierney said the tuition increase won’t affect more than half of UC students, since they have scholarships. But Claudia Magana, President of the UC Student Association and a third year student at UC Santa Cruz said the continuing tuition increases are a burden on students.

“We know that the state is in a really difficult situation but I think what would have been great would be to pull the fee proposal from the budget until we know what the state has to offer instead of selling us so short so early,” Magana said.

Hundreds of students protested outside the Board of Regents meeting earlier this week, and more than a dozen were arrested.

The Board also voted to start calling student fees “tuition” instead.

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Moravecglobal | November 21, 2010 at 10:31 p.m. ― 4 years, 8 months ago

UC Chancellors and UC Berkeley senior management create deficits not Sacramento or Board of Regents, UC Berkeley’s budget gap has grown to $150 million, & Chancellor Birgeneau is spending money that isn't there on $3,000,000 consultants. (A world-class East Coast University is doing the same as UC Berkeley without consultants: $0 cost). His reasons range from the need for impartiality to requiring the consultants "thinking".
Does this mean that the Faculty & management of UC Berkeley – flagship campus of the greatest public system of higher education in the world - lack the thinking, integrity, impartiality, innovation to identify savings? Have they been fudging their research for years?
The consultants will, by the way, get their recommendations from faculty & staff interviews; yet $150 million of inefficiencies could be found internally if the Chancellor & Provost Breslauer did the WORK of their $500,000 jobs (This simple point is lost on Breslauer, Birgeneau).
The victims of this folly are Faculty, Students & taxpayers.
There is only one conclusion as to why inefficiencies are not volunteered by faculty & staff: Chancellor Birgeneau & Provost Breslauer have lost the credibility & trust of Cal Faculty & Staff. Even if the faculty agrees the consultants' recommendations - disagreeing might put their jobs in jeopardy - the underlying problem of lost credibility & trust remains.
Contact your representatives in Sacramento: tell them of the hefty self-serving $’s being spent by Birgeneau & Breslauer.
Make a difference…speak your opinion .

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