Californians should probably prepare themselves for round II of student protests.
Jerry Brown, in one of his first acts as governor in the cash-strapped state, has released proposed budget cutbacks that would slash $500 million from the 10 UC campuses. That would bring state support to the UC campuses back to the level it was in 1999 -- and there were tens of thousands of fewer students then.
In reaction, UC President Mark Yudof called it a "sad day" for Californians. "With the governor's budget, as proposed, we will be digging deep into bone. The physics of the situation cannot be denied - as the core budget shrinks, so must the university."
How will students be impacted by the continual erosion of state support to the University of California campuses? In a statement, Yudof said he hopes to avoid raising tuition again, but can't make any promises at this point.
UC Budget Cut Consequences?Yudof did share some cost-cutting ideas in a message that he posted last week on Facebook. These possibilities are contained in the UC Commission on the Future's final report:
- Charging substantially higher tuition.
- Limiting enrollment not just for freshmen, but also transfer and graduate students.
- Dramatically downsizing faculty and staff.
- Raising or eliminating the cap on out-of-state students, who pay significantly more tuition.
- Shrinking financial aid.
If you're a college student in a state school in California or soon to be one, prepare for a very bumpy ride.