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UC Regents approve a 9.6 percent tuition hike

Original post made on Jul 15, 2011

A 9.6 percent tuition increase for University of California schools was approved today by a 14-4 vote of the UC Regents Board. Despite passionate reservations from several board members, the finance committee approved the tuition hike, an attempt to close $650 million in state funding cuts in the new state budget.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, July 14, 2011, 9:41 PM

Comments (8)

Posted by LP, a resident of Danville
on Jul 15, 2011 at 7:27 am

What a shame UC is putting the cost of education out of reach of the middle class.


Posted by Duffy, a resident of Danville
on Jul 15, 2011 at 9:08 am

While your in-state resident son or daughter (or more likely their parents) are paying 9.6%
more in tuition out-of-state illegal aliens are being subsidized to the tune of $22,878
(for graduates of the California school system that is $36,096 minus $13,218). Can anyone excplain why this is fair?


Posted by Theresa, a resident of Danville
on Jul 15, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Duffy, can you clarify where you get your information?

Thanks!


Posted by MIlan Moravec, a resident of Alamo Elementary School
on Jul 17, 2011 at 3:32 pm

University of California Berkeley wage concessions stop tuition increases. Californians suffer from greatest deficit of modern times. UC wages must reflect California's ability to pay, not what others are paid.
Wage concessions for UC President, Faculty, Chancellors, Vice Chancellors, UCOP:
No furloughs
18 percent reduction in UCOP salaries & $50 million cut.
18 percent prune of campus chancellors', vice chancellors' salaries.
15 percent trim of tenured faculty salaries, increased teaching load
10 percent decrease in non-tenured faculty salaries, as well as increase research, teaching load
100% elimination of all Academic Senate, Academic Council costs, wages.

(17,000 UC paid employees earn more than $100,000)


Posted by Rick Blaylock, a resident of Danville
on Jul 19, 2011 at 9:41 am

Duffy is absolutely correct! Illegals are getting in state tuition as well as taking a spot stolen from a citizen. Wake up People! It is wrong. Then add in those who get in to our colleges/universities by "special" diversity doors. Currently there is a med student with D's in undergrad chemistry and 20% on her MCAT in a Stanford residency program! A "special" program. A Joke program.


Posted by Lynn, a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Jul 19, 2011 at 11:49 am

ITS SO SIMPLE.....EVERYONE BOYCOTT THE UC SYSTEM AND THE CALIFORNIA STATE SYSTEM. SEND YOUR CHILDREN OUT OF STATE!!! ITS CHEAPER AND SOME OF THE BEST SCHOOLS IN THE WORLD ARE OUTSIDE OF CALIFORNIA!!

THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA IS SUCH A DISASTER AND I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY PARENTS HAVE EVEN VISITED THESE CAMPUSES....SOME OF THEM ARE DOWN RIGHT IN NEED OF UPGRADING....YOU WON'T FIND THAT VISUAL AT DUKE OR
TEXAS A&M, OR GEORGIA TECH!

HIT THE ROAD AND CHOOSE A LOVELY OUT OF STATE SCHOOL.....SCREW THE POLITICIANS AND IDIOTS RUNNING SACRAMENTO, THEY BLEW IT!!


Posted by Natalie, a resident of Diablo
on Jul 19, 2011 at 2:12 pm

"Special" programs students fill so many "special" spots that it is probably impossible to determine the true number. The fact is, however, that too many academically unqualified students fill seats at the UCs and CSUs while academically qualified students are bumped.

Why should academically unqualified students get financial assistance AND fill the seat of a qualified student?

Community college anyone?


Posted by C. R. Mudgeon, a resident of Danville
on Jul 19, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Despite the large percentage increase in UC and CSU tuition (somewhat euphemistically called "fees" by our state schools), UC tuition is very comparable to the in-state tuition of neighboring state schools, and CSU tuition is still quite low. It's just that they used to be better deals than in most other states, and have in creased by large percentages over the past several years.

Actually, Nevada (and perhaps other nearby states as well) offers their in-state rate to CA residents, as part of a reciprocal agreement.

What's also frustrating is when you see large salary increases announced whenever a new UC or CSU top administrator is hired. I forget which school this was at (a smaller UC, or a CSU campus), but the head of that campus was retiring with a low $200k salary, and the regents felt compelled to offer the new person a $300k+ salary. I guess there were no applicants at the lower rate.....

At the same time as announcing the tuition hikes, the UC board of regents also announced some large raises for existing administrators (demonstrating a profound lack of PR skills, if nothing else...):

"The regents also gave raises to three executives.

Patrick Lenz, a UC system vice president, will earn a base salary of $300,000 from taxpayer funds, a $27,500 increase.

Santiago Muñoz, an associate vice president, got a 24.1 percent raise, from $201,400 to $250,000. Taxpayers pay 40 percent of his salary.

Mark Laret, who runs the UCSF Medical Center, will get a base salary of $935,000, a $195,300 raise, and a retention bonus of $1 million over four years. It's paid from medical center revenue."

Independent of whether the UCSF head is paid out of medical center revenue, it's not obvious to me that UCSF doesn't receive taxpayer funds for other purposes. But no doubt Laret would have quit if he wasn't given a 20% (plus) raise, as well as a huge bonus. And just as obviously, there is no one else in the entire world, let alone the entire UCSF administration, capable of doing Laret's job.... (I'm being sarcastic, in case it isn't obvious.)

The UC folks assure us that they'll step up financial aid, to make sure that the needy aren't impacted by the large tuition increases. Of course, if you were foolish enough to save money for your kids' college, then please fork it over! We want more from you, so we can offer more aid to others...


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