For the Week of October 31, 2011
Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed "a sweeping package of changes" to California's Public Employees' Retirement System that would raise the retirement age to 67 for new workers and force employees to "bear more investment risk." See the San Francisco Chronicle for details of the 12-point plan and reactions to it.
According to an Associated Press analysis, during the 2000s the cost burden of paying for college shifted from states to families. Nationally, average state appropriations for higher "fell sharply during the last decade, from $7.25 to $6.11."
Attendance at UCs of middle-income students has dropped by 9 percent over the past decade, according to the Orange County Register. At the same time, the percentage of students who took out student loans rose to 43 percent in 2009-10, up from 41 percent in 2008-09.
California enrolls 10 percent of the nation’s full-time public four-year college students and had the highest increase in tuition and fees in 2011-12. California tuition is up at public schools nationwide, according to this Contra Costa Times article.
According to a New York Times blog, a UC admissions official stated that students applying from outside California received extra attention in the review process and have an increased number of scholarships available this year.
The California State University system announced that it too will be providing online education classes, along with the pilot program soon to be offered by UC.
A CSU faculty member sued the CSU system in April, contending that CSU trustees broke the state’s public disclosure laws when it approved a compensation package for the new Cal Poly San Luis Obispo president that exceeded the maximum published for the position. A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge recently ruled that CSU did not break the law.