Or: Taking the “Public” Out of “Public Education”
I think as a student, you always expect your fees to go up. But 32%? Oof. Students and those with supportive parents are going to face a mid-year increase of 15 percent to student fees and tuition, then (ouch) another 15 percent increase effective summer 2010. A panel of UC Regents meeting today – in front of hundreds of students protesting on campus – just agreed to the fee hikes. This comes at a time when the same Regents are asking $913 million from the state to cover budget shortfalls and, um, in the middle of a recession that is so bad that student lenders are playing hardball when it comes to renegotiating student loans. The full UC Regents Board will meet tomorrow to approve the approval, at which time more protests are planned.
What should the Regents do instead of barricading public access to education? Some helpful suggestions here at the Remaking the University blog.