Increase access to degrees

STATE AFFAIRS: Allowing certain community college districts to offer four-year degrees makes higher education more accessible and affordable

Last month, the state Legislature passed a bill that would approve a pilot program allowing 15 community college districts in California to each offer one bachelor degree program not offered by any CSU or UC campus. Senate Bill 850 hopes to meet California’s rising need for bachelor’s degrees to remain economically competitive in the next few decades. Read More…

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GOP gubernatorial candidate proposes higher education facelift

A trailing California gubernatorial candidate released an extensive plan to overhaul the state’s education system Tuesday, proposing a major expansion of online course offerings and free tuition for students in math and science degree programs statewide, among other initiatives. Read More…

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Filling jail cells instead of college classes

The Political Circus

Fellow California residents, you’re paying about $13,000 for tuition. But it’s very possible you could be paying as much as $20,000, because of the drastic cuts the state has been making to education, both higher and K-12. Just a few years ago, when the state passed its 2007-08 budget, higher Read More…

Rising student debt sinks American youth

Student debt is a growing economic and moral crisis. The average U.S. college student today graduates with more than $25,000 in debt, and nationally, unpaid tuition debt approaches $1.2 trillion. That’s trillion with a T. Twelve zeros. Here at UC Berkeley, our tuition has increased 300 percent since 2002, and Read More…

A pointless numbers game

HIGHER EDUCATION: UC Berkeley’s high position in the latest U.S. News and World Report college rankings misrepresents a complicated reality.

While most of the time being told you’re the best at something is an accomplishment to be proud of, it’s hard to be happy about the hollow meaning behind UC Berkeley’s position in the U.S. News and World Report college rankings. Yet again, U.S. News awarded UC Berkeley the distinction Read More…