Reinvesting, strings attached

UNIVERSITY ISSUES: Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget rightfully gives more money to the UC system, but seeks too many restrictions.

Sacramento is finally starting to seriously reverse its divestment from higher education. With the state beginning to emerge from a deep slump of deficits and spending cuts, Gov. Jerry Brown earlier this month announced a budget plan for the next fiscal year that proposes sorely needed increased funding to the
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Improving online education

UNIVERSITY ISSUES: If UC leaders expand the university’s online education program, they must figure out how to make it drastically better for students.

Online education is an attractive venue for universities to explore, and for good reason. It offers many advantages to higher education institutions, from the prospect of saving costs to expediting students’ time in the classroom and expanding a university’s reach. But if UC officials are going to invest heavily in
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Memo to the next chancellor

The Devil's Advocate

Dear Nicholas Dirks, Congratulations on your selection as UC Berkeley’s next chancellor. Your reputation will rise or fall depending on your ability to navigate an unpredictable and sometimes explosive political environment, win the trust of students who are notoriously wary of authority and guide the world’s leading public university through
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Cut UC, fund prisons

The Devil's Advocate

As California attempts to weather its current fiscal crisis, sacrifices will have to be made. The budget will need to be cut, and taxes may need to be raised. But we must carefully consider whom we will ask to sacrifice. We should be able to ask our state universities —
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California financial aid has increased along with tuition

According to a report released Monday, California awarded almost $1.3 billion in financial aid in 2010-11. The figure represents a 22 percent increase from the previous year — a significant rise when compared to the 2.5 percent average increase in state financial aid across the United States.
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