Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Maybe one more is too many
At a time when the University of California faces much uncertainty about how to finance its current 10 campuses, a state assemblyman is proposing that the UC establish an 11th campus -- with a special focus on science and technology.
Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) has introduced a bill that would start the process of planning and building a new UC school that he described as “a public version of Caltech.” The bill, AB 1483, would push UC to study the feasibility and potential locations and would provide $50 million for land acquisition and initial buiding costs, according to Gatto. Such a plan would face many hurdles, especially in finding the money since UC has had trouble garnering enough financial support for its current operations. UC President Janet Napolitano and the UC regents have proposed increasing tuition by as much as 5% in each of the next five years if state revenue for UC do not rise enough. UC’s newest campus, UC Merced, opened in 2005, and its growth has been hampered in part by the lack of money to construct enough new buildings...
Full story at http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-ln-new-uc-20150302-story.html