Friday, June 28, 2013

No Mandate for Online Ed at UC: Let's Pretend!

Our post last night that the governor line-item vetoed his own $10 million mandate in the new state budget for online courses at UC is correct in a literal sense. But what appears to have happened is that UC - which doesn't like overt mandates which challenge its constitutional autonomy - agreed that it would spend $10 million on online ed anyway if the governor would just remove the mandate language.

From Inside Higher Ed today: ...“We’ve made a commitment to provide the $10 million, so it’s not going to affect our plans,” said Steve Montiel, a spokesman for the UC president's office...

In effect, without the mandate UC can pretend to decide freely to do what the governor wants. So in the spirit of the deal, let's pretend:

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