Yesterday the regents of the University of California approved a 32 percent tuition increase. From the Chronicle of Higher Education :
The tuition proposal, which is expected to receive final approval on Thursday by the system’s full Board of Regents, will help close a large budget gap, in part by raising undergraduate tuition at the system’s campuses by more than $2,500 by next fall. The committee’s approval came on the same day that California’s legislative analyst predicted the state would face a new $21-billion budget deficit, making it likely that struggling state colleges and universities would soon suffer additional cuts.
The California higher education system, which used to be virtually free, has struggled in recent years to weigh education quality with cost, a balance that became more difficult to maintain with the state of California’s recent economic trouble.
Hundreds of students and staff at Berkeley and UCLA began a 3-day protest against the tuition increase.