In response to the Legislature's budget plan, University of California President Mark Yudof and Board of Regents Chairman Russell Gould issued the following statement today (June 15):
The new budget plan released and approved by the Legislature within the last 24 hours is unacceptable for our state's public universities. It's unacceptable to our students and their families, and it should be unacceptable to all Californians. We oppose its implementation, and will marshal the voices of people throughout the state to urge that Governor Brown restore our funds. Our message to Governor Brown and the Legislature is simple: No more cuts to higher education. We cannot let this plan stand.
UC, like the California State University, already has taken steps to absorb a $500 million cut with substantial impacts to programs on the campuses. An additional $150 million in cuts will impair our ability to provide access at an affordable price while preserving academic excellence and allowing students to complete their degrees in a timely way. If this budget plan stands, the likely result will be a double-digit tuition increase on top of the 8 percent hike already approved for next year. And to require UC to carry a $500 million "loan" balance into fiscal year 2012-13 because the state can't provide UC with the fully budgeted allocation will only force the university to incur extra costs that are passed on to students and their parents. In addition, this budget plan poses a threat to UC and higher education in future years as it fails to achieve a sustainable, balanced budget. Without a stable, predictable funding base, our long-term quality is seriously threatened.
The world-class education, research and public service provided by the University of California fuel the economy and contribute to the well being of millions of people throughout the state. This budget plan would be bad for all Californians. That's why we will fight it.