The 2011-12 California budget Gov. Jerry Brown proposed Monday (Jan. 10) would chop $1.4 billion from the state’s three higher education systems: $500 million each from the University of California and California State University and $400 million from the California Community College system. His budget also calls for a $10 increase in community college fees, raising the cost from $26 per credit unit to $36.
For UC, the proposed cut would mean that for the first time in the university’s 143-year history, student tuition would pay for more of the operating budget than the state general fund. Read more about how the budget will affect UC.
UC President Mark G. Yudof called it a sad day for California. Read his letter.
Leaders of the three higher education systems said now is the time to grow, not shrink public colleges and universities. Read their statement.