Select advisory commitee approved

The Long-Range Planning Committee of the University of California Board of Regents today (Jan. 21) voted to recommend the formation of a select advisory committee that will examine the university’s cost structure and the role of a public research university. The full board will vote on the matter Thursday (Jan. 22).

As the sole committee members, UC President Janet Napolitano and Gov. Jerry Brown plan to exchange ideas that will be informed by reports and testimony from external and internal experts and stakeholders, including UC faculty and students.

The committee, which will be staffed by representatives from the governor’s office and UC’s Office of the President, aims to generate recommendations that will help determine appropriate state funding levels for UC in the short and long term. Its first meeting is scheduled for next week. An update from the committee is expected to be presented to the Board of Regents in March.

During the course of the committee’s tenure, both Napolitano and Brown will continue to engage with state legislators about funding for the university.