Thursday, March 12, 2015

LAO doesn't like having to swallow the governor's habit of lump sum budgets for higher ed

The Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) definitely doesn't like the practice of making budget allocations to UC and CSU without reference to some enrollment target or to Master Plan targets.

That viewpoint not new. But LAO has summarized its views in a new report to a legislative committee. Page 5 of the report suggests that both UC and CSU are admitting students from beyond their Master Plan targets. But LAO recommends setting a UC target at current levels on page 6. It's not clear why the target should be the current level if that level is too high, i.e., includes admissions outside the Master Plan.

You can try to figure out the contradiction after reading the report at:

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