By Tim Ryan

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— University of California President Mark Yudof is looking for approval on a 9.6 percent tuition increase to offset another $150 million in state education cuts.

Students will be paying another $1,000 in yearly tuition if regents follow Yudof’s lead and approve the tuition hike, when they meet the week of July 12.

KCBS’ Tim Ryan Reports:

If approved, tuition will rise to more than $12,000 a year at the 10-campus system.

Former state regent and state legislator Bill Bagley calls the seventh tuition hike in as many years a “parent tax”.

“Any middle-class parent has to pay the full tuition. That is simply a way of the legislature, state government and the taxpayers of not allowing revenue to come in; taking the revenue from parents,” he said.

Bagley noted that something is “truly out of whack” when tuition was $100 a year at Cal when Gov. Brown attended decades ago, making it a 12-thousand percent hike. Whereas, according to Bagley, student housing—which is market dictated— has increased a thousand percent.

“Somebody put that on a graph. Please,” said Bagley with a hint of sarcasm.

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Comments (5)
  1. Wage concessions at University of California stop tuition increases. University of California faces massive budget shortfalls. It is dismaying Calif. Governor Brown. President Yudof and Board of Regents have, once again, been unable to agree on a package of wage, benefit concessions to close the deficit.
    Californians face foreclosure, unemployment, depressed wages, loss of retirement, medical, unemployment benefits, higher taxes: UC Board of Regents Regent Lansing, President Yudof need to demonstrated leadership by curbing wages, benefits. As a Californian, I don’t care what others earn at private, public universities. If wages better elsewhere, chancellors, vice chancellors, tenured, non tenured faculty, UCOP should apply for the positions. If wages commit employees to UC, leave for better paying position. The sky above UC will not fall.
    Californians suffer from greatest deficit of modern times. UC wages must reflect California’s ability to pay, not what others are paid. Campus chancellors, tenured & non-tenured faculty, UCOP are replaceable by more talented academics
    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)

    Overly optimistic predictions of future revenues do not solve the deficit. However, rose bushes bloom after pruning.

    UC Board of Regents Sherry Lansing, President Yudof can bridge the public trust gap by offering reassurances that UC salaries reflect depressed wages in California. The sky will not fall on UC

    Californians are reasonable people. Levy no new taxes until an approved balanced budget: let the Governor/Legislature lead – make the tough-minded (not cold hearted) decisions of elected leadership. Afterwards come to public for continuing, specified taxes.

    Once again, we call upon UC President, Chancellors, Vice Chancellors, Faculty, UCOP to stand up for California and ‘pitch in’ for Californians with wage concessions.

  2. University of California Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau ($500,000 salary) has forgotten that he is a public servant, steward of the public money, not overseer of his own fiefdom.

    Recruits (using California tax $) out of state, foreign $50,000 tuition students who displace qualified sons, daughters of Californians from public university
    Spends $7,000,000 + for consultants to do his & vice chancellors work
    (prominent East Coast University accomplishing same 0 cost).
    University accrues $150 million of inefficiencies over his 8 year reign.
    Pays ex Michigan governor $300,000 for lectures.
    In procuring $3,000,000 consultants failed to receive proposals from other firms.
    Latino enrollment drops while out of state jumps 2010.
    Tuition to Return on Investment drops below top10.
    NCAA places basketball program on probation: absence institutional control.

    These are not isolated examples: it’s all shameful. There is no justification for such actions by a steward of the public trust. Absolutely none. Like with an addiction, admitting you have a problem is the first step toward correcting it.

    Birgeneau’s practices will not change. UC Board of Regents Chair Sherry Lansing must do a better job of vigorously enforcing oversight by President Yudof than has been done in the past to Chancellors who, like Birgeneau, treat the university as their fiefdom.

    Until demonstrable action is swiftly applied to chancellors by the UC Board of Regents/President Yudof, the University of California shouldn’t come to the Governor or public for support for any taxes, additional funding.

    I have 35 years’ consulting experience, have taught at UC Berkeley, where I observed the culture & the way senior management works. No, I was not fired or downsized & have not solicited contracts from Cal.

  3. SOAMtwocents says:

    It’s time to begin student revolts like those in France in 1968. The state government and the UC board have to make cuts to their own wages and costs and implement immediate draconian wage and benefit cuts to the entire UC system in order to keep higher education within the grasp of the last few members of the middle class. It’s time to get rid of $500,000 salaries for public officials!

  4. Tours Martel says:

    All this combined with the increasingly obvious discrimination against in-state white students is cause for doubt as to whether the University will survive as a top flight school. An Old Blue myself, I sent my only daughter to Hillsdale College for a better education without “political correctness”, and at a lower cost. Reform or perish!

  5. Sky says:

    Adding insult to injury, UC allows the out-of-state students to pay in-state tuition after the first year if they agree to stay in California as residents as they’ve already satisfied the one year residency requirement.

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