Thursday, January 8, 2015

Legislature Prefers Enrollment Cuts to Tuition Increases

The approach preferred by the legislature
We have noted in recent postings that while UC has angered the governor and legislators with its tuition-or-more-state-funding plan, CSU has followed an approach of give-us-more-money-or-face-enrollment-cut.  What's interesting is - despite all the talk among politicos about "access" - the legislature seems to prefer cutting enrollments.  Slamming the door in the face of eligible students seems to be OK with them - and maybe with the governor, too.  An article in the Sacramento Bee describes the scene:

Higher education leaders made the Capitol rounds this week, getting some decidedly different receptions from lawmakers. “Thoughtful coffee w/ @calstate Chancellor Tim White this morn. Pleased #tuitionhikes aren't on table for CSU,” Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, posted on Twitter on Tuesday after meeting with California State University Chancellor Timothy White.

University of California President Janet Napolitano faced a more skeptical audience during a closed-door Capitol meeting with lawmakers who represent UC campuses...

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