No Solutions Yet for Higher Education's Future
California's higher education model is broken. That's the consensus of both Governor Jerry Brown and University of California President Mark Yudof at today's UC regents meeting. KQED's Charla Bear reports the officials identified several problems...but no concrete solutions.
CHARLA BEAR: The Governor says the UC system has three major issues:
JERRY BROWN: "There's a spending problem. There's a revenue problem. And there's a paradigm problem."
BEAR: Brown says the state won't be flush with cash anytime soon, so universities need to be more efficient. He says that means graduating students faster, examining how every dollar is spent, and asking professors to teach more and research less.
President Yudof says the U-C has cut its costs by nearly $200 million over the past few years, but he agrees it's not enough.
MARK YUDOF: "The budget's still a tough budget even after Prop 30."
BEAR: Yudof says the voter-approved tax hike likely means the UC won't have to raise tuition this year, but the Regents will have to be creative to stave off future increases.
I'm Charla Bear, KQED News.