Moving forward after Prop. 30

UNIVERSITY ISSUES: While Proposition 30’s victory is a relief, it is not a permanent fix. The state must re-evaluate its vision for higher education.

California needs a new long-term plan for public higher education. In the wake of the passage of Proposition 30 — whose rejection would have triggered a staggering $250 million budget cut to the University of California and a likely 20.3 percent tuition increase — it is easy for officials to
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UC Riverside chancellor to head CSU system

UC Riverside Chancellor Timothy White will replace Charles Reed as chancellor of the California State system, officials announced Thursday. White will assume the position as the head of the 23-campus system at the end of December. “I feel this is a tremendous opportunity for me to try to do more
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An empty gesture

UNIVERSITY ISSUES: A recently approved state bill, while it attempts to increase transparency, deflects from the real problems at the UC and CSU.

A little advance notice of an impending calamity is better than none at all. In that spirit, a bill approved last week by the state Senate marks a commendable step toward more transparency at California public universities. The bill, authored by Assemblymembers Paul Fong, D-Cupertino, and Marty Block, D-San Diego,
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Out of bounds

UNIVERSITY ISSUES: State legislation aimed at changing tenure policies at the UC and the CSU would place an undue burden on both systems.

The state legislature has no place in university personnel decisions. Academics, and the tenure awarded to hard-working faculty who improve their fields, is the university’s domain, not the state’s. Apparently, Assemblymember Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, feels differently. A bill he introduced earlier this year, most recently amended on Aug. 24,
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This is our house

HIGHER EDUCATION: A bill passing through the state Legislature that gives students more power over fee creation is the right move for California.

As the cost of public education in California continues to soar despite decreased state contribution, all three of its institutions of higher education must adapt and give students an increased say over how their money is spent. A bill authored by state Senator Michael Rubio facilitates just that. Legislators should
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