UCLA faculty members voted Thursday to approve a proposal that would allow the campus’s graduate business school to detach its full-time Masters of Business Administration program from state funding.
The Legislative Assembly of the UCLA Academic Senate voted 53 to 46 to approve the UCLA Anderson School of Management proposal, according to a campus press release. The proposal will now go to the UC-wide Academic Senate and to UC President Mark Yudof, who has final say on the matter, as stated in the release.
“The UCLA Anderson proposal would aid not only the professional school but the entire campus as we adjust to the loss of state funding, so I am very pleased with the outcome,” UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said in the release. “My administration, deans and the Academic Senate will continue to work in partnership to develop creative solutions that ensure academic excellence amid dramatic reductions in state support.”
According to the proposal, state funding that would normally have gone to the Anderson MBA program would be available for campus use to support programs affected by budget cuts.
However, Student Regent-designate Jonathan Stein has voiced displeasure over the approval of Anderson’s proposal, wondering whether other professional programs like UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business or the School of Law will seek to stop relying on public funding.
“It’s inappropriate and unfair for one program at one campus to leave the rest behind simply because it has a greater ability to do private fundraising and can charge its students insanely high tuition,” Stein said. “We’re one system. We should suffer the slings and arrows of budget cuts together.”
In a 2010 press release, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business Dean Richard Lyons said the school has no plans to pursue a self-supporting model for its MBA program. According to Haas Media Relations Manager Pamela Tom, that position has not changed.
Christopher Yee is an assistant news editor.
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