UC Davis Chancellor Plans Student Increase To Combat Cuts

DAVIS (CBS/AP) – The chancellor of the University of California’s Davis campus is proposing a major increase in the size of the school’s student body to compensate for cuts in state funding.

Chancellor Linda Katehi’s plan calls for expanding UC Davis’ undergraduate population of 24,700 by 5,000 students over the next five years. She announced it Wednesday during the university’s annual back-to-school convocation.

Katehi said the proposal only is in the very early planning stage. A significant detail that needs to be worked out is what share of the additional undergraduate slots would go to U.S. residents from other states and international students, both of whom pay higher fees than California residents.

She said the money from a bigger student body would help Davis hire 300 more tenure-track professors.

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  • Milan Moravec

    Wage concessions by University of California Davis Chancellor and Faculty can arrest tuition increases. I love University of California (UC) having been a student and lecturer. But today I am concerned that at times I do not recognize the UC I love. Like so many Alumni, Donors, Legislators, and Californians I am deeply disappointed by the pervasive failures of UC senior management and Regents.
    Californians suffers from 19% unemployment (includes those working part time, and those no longer searching), mortgage defaults, loss of unemployment benefits. And those who still have jobs are working longer for less. Chancellor/Faculty wages must reflect California’s ability to pay, not what others are paid.
    However we also understand that there need to be reasonable limits that reflect economic realities. UC Berkeley (Cal) planned pay raises for generously paid Faculty is arrogance.
    UC Berkeley (ranked # 70 Forbes) tuition increases exceed national average rate of increase. Chancellor Birgeneau’s leadership molds Cal into the most expensive public university in the USA.
    Can we do better with a spirit of shared sacrifices by UC Faculty, Provosts, and Chancellors?
    (17,000 earn more than $100,000)
    No furloughs.
    18 percent decrease UCOP salaries, $50 million budget cut.
    18 percent prune chancellors’ salaries.
    15 percent trim tenured faculty salaries, increase teaching.
    10 percent non-tenured faculty pay decrease, increase research, teaching.
    100% elimination of Academic Senate, Academic Council budgets.

    There is no question the necessary realignments with economic reality are painful.

    UC Board of Regents Chair Sherry Lansing can bridge the public trust gap with reassurances salaries reflect depressed California wages. With UC’s shared financial sacrifices, the sky above UC will not fall.

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

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