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July 14, 2011

State budget shortfall forces second fee increase for fall 2011

UC Regents reluctantly approved a plan to close a $1 billion budget shortfall through a 9.6 percent tuition increase — on top of an existing 8 percent hike for fall 2011 — cost-cutting measures and operational efficiencies. Read the complete story…

July 5, 2011

Tuition, fee increases eyed for budget shortfall

With cost-cutting and revenue-generating measures in place to fill the bulk of a billion-dollar budget gap resulting from steep cuts in state funding, the University of California staff is preparing to recommend to the Board of Regents that roughly one-quarter of the shortfall be offset with tuition and fee increases, UC Vice President Patrick Lenz said today (July 1). Read the complete statement…

June 28, 2011

UC statement on state budget plan

The following statement about the budget plan announced by Gov. Jerry Brown and the Democratic leaders of the state Legislature was released today (June 28) by the University of California Office of the President:

The latest state budget plan is deeply disappointing. If the governor and Legislature impose $650 million in funding cuts on the University of California, the impact will be felt by Californians in every part of the state. Because cuts of this magnitude inevitably will drive up tuition for public university students and their families, we cannot stand silent. While we recognize the enormity of the fiscal challenge facing the state, we continue to oppose further cuts, and support any efforts that will restore long-term stability to state funding of higher education.

June 15, 2011

President, regents chair respond to legislators’ budget plan

Mark Yudof and Russell Gould issue a joint statement in response to the California Legislature’s budget plan, which includes an additional $150 million cut to UC. Read the complete statement…

May 23, 2011

Regents discuss strategies for weathering financial storm

Short- and long-term options are brought to the table at the May 18 UC Regents meeting, as the University of California faces a $500 million cut — or more — from state funding. Read more…

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May 23, 2011

President Yudof responds to revised state budget

UC President Mark G. Yudof issued this statement in response to the revised budget proposal put forward May 16 by Gov. Jerry Brown. Read more…

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April 15, 2011

Testimony to Senate Budget Committee

Senate Budget Committee Testimony

Patrick Lenz, UC vice president-budget, gave this presentation as part of his testimony April 14 before the state Senate Budget Committee. His testimony expounded on UC’s contributions to California and the negative effects of an all-cuts state budget that further reduces investment in public higher education.

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April 12, 2011

Higher ed leaders meet with governor

UC President Mark Yudof joined the leaders of California’s public higher education systems in Sacramento today (April 5) to push for more stable funding for the state’s colleges and universities.

Two hundred advocates, including Yudof, CSU Chancellor Charles Reed and California Community College Chancellor Jack Scott, turned out for Higher Education Advocacy Day. They urged lawmakers to avoid further higher education cuts beyond the planned $1.4 billion reduction in the state’s 2011-12 budget. The three system leaders also met with Gov. Jerry Brown.

“The university is an engine of wealth creation and stripping it of its professors and research in the way an all-cuts budget would require is unacceptable,” Brown told reporters when he emerged from the hour-long meeting. A short video of his comments is included.

For more about Higher Education Advocacy Day visit UC for California on Facebook.

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March 29, 2011

UCOP prepares for $50 million budget cut

UC’s Office of the President expects to reduce its costs by roughly 17 percent and adopt a new funding model that gives campuses more budget flexibility. Read more…

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March 24, 2011

Brown OKs billion in cuts

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Gov. Jerry Brown signed bills today (March 24) that cut billions from California’s budget but still needs $12.6 billion to close the state’s budget gap. That’s $12.6 billion more in revenue or additional cuts to state-supported services. His plan to put tax extensions on the ballot remains unresolved. Brown told reporters today that an all-cuts budget would be “very bad for universities, very bad for schools.” Watch the governor’s press conference.

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