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For the Week of July 11, 2011
While the Sacramento Bee put a good face on disappearing university degrees because of budget cuts, students and parents at CSU and UC are expressing increasing frustration about tuition increases.
On Thursday, CSU’s board of trustees voted on a 12% tuition increase this fall, and UC regents will consider a 9.6% hike this coming Thursday. As student tuition surpasses state finances at UC for the first time this fall, one national educator laments, “What we are seeing [in California] is the abandonment of the state’s commitment to make California’s education available to all its citizens.”
According to the San Jose Mercury News, UC is taking “desperate measures” to cope with state budget cuts, “such as increasing the payout from endowments and drawing down from an employee-retiree health care reserve.”
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