Head Of UC Regents Vows Not To Hike Tuition Again

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The rebellion against tuition and fee hikes brewing on the board that oversees the University of California starts at the top.

UC Regents chair Sherry Lansing voted in favor of the 9.6 percent tuition increase, even as she promised the fee hike that kicks in this fall will be the last one for a while.

This time, Lansing said, she voted reluctantly to pass about 25 percent of the latest funding cut onto students. That means another $1,000 increase for each student when the bill comes.

Lansing said she hopes to lower tuition in the future instead of raising it again, saying it’s up to voters to let lawmakers know they won’t tolerate any further cuts to funding for higher education.

“If the citizens of California rise up and say the most important thing to us is the education of our children, then they respond because people want to be re-elected,” she said.

KCBS’ Doug Sovern Reports:

One of the regents who voted no, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, said this was the time to take a stand, hold the line on tuition and send that message to the legislature now.

“I’d love to do a ballot initiative. I’d love to talk oil severance tax. I’d love to have all those things, but hell, we’ve been saying those things for ten damn years.”

Indeed the regents have voted to raise student fees ten years in a row.

Lansing urged Newsom to help, by making the case in Sacramento that the budget cuts have to stop, or else the regents will be right back here next year voting again to raise tuition.

Salaries of university administrators have also steadily climbed, creating what KCBS and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier sees as a split among voters.

“Some of these people getting raises are the same ones that threatened to sue the system if they didn’t get their pensions bumped up as well,” Matier said.

KCBS and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier Comments:

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  • davey

    Seems like every public worker is having a pay raise, with good pensions and benefits, but the private sector is getting nothing.

    • Milan Moravec

      Take action..phone your representatives in the Legislature

  • Milan Moravec

    Wagn cession a viable alternative to tuition increases University of California Berkeley. 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.
    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 Chair Sherry Lansing can bridge the public trust gap by offering reassurances that UC salaries reflect depressed wages in California. The sky will not fall on UC

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

  • Milan Moravec

    Wage concessions…..

  • Milan Moravec

    University of California Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau ($500,000 salary) displaces qualified for public university education at Cal. Californians with $50,600 FOREIGN students

    University of California Berkeley, ranked # 70 Forbes, is not increasing enrollment. $50,600 FOREIGN students are accepted into Cal. at the expense of qualified instate students.

    Yours is the opinion that can make the difference: email UC Board of Regents marsha.kelman@ucop.edu

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