Thursday, May 6, 2021

What He Really Thought: Former Berkeley Administrator on the Master Plan and Privatization - Response

UC Prez Clark Kerr hands Master Plan to Governor Pat Brown: 1960

Last Tuesday, we noted the opinion of former Berkeley associate vice chancellor Nils Gilman that UC should essentially be privatized with its funding diverted to CSU and the community colleges and that UCOP should be abolished, leaving the campuses independent.* He called for a new Master Plan but, as we noted, the original Master Plan wasn't pre-set, but rather was the result of a process.

Two longtime advocates for funding of UC have now replied:

We should support more funding for higher ed, not a new Master Plan

By Mel Levine and Dick Ackerman. Dick Ackerman is a Republican and former California state senator from Orange County. Mel Levine is a Democrat and a former U.S. Representative from Los Angeles.

CalMatters, 5-6-21

California’s public higher education institutions do need more funding. But Nils Gilman’s financing plan would “rob Peter to pay Paul” by taking all state funding from the UC system to make up for inadequate state funding for the CSU and CCC systems.

His plan would require big UC tuition increases, which would limit access to just the wealthiest students and those students who would qualify for scholarships. At a time when California and the country are seeking to expand economic opportunities and address social inequities, we should vigorously support funding to increase, rather than limit, access to all our public colleges and universities. 

As California Coalition for Public Higher Education co-chairs, we believe that support for the University of California, California State University and California Community College systems is an investment in their promise of success for people from all walks of life and in a strong future for our state’s economy.




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