Eva Knott 6:37 p.m., May 25
UCSD's Higher Surf to Beget Higher Tuition?
A house in the backwoods of Merced is a lot cheaper than one overlooking the surf in La Jolla, so why should tuition at their respective University of California campuses be the same? So argues UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert J. Birgenea, who wants to set a tuition mid-point and allow UC campuses to range up to 25 percent above and below that.
Pedro Reyes of the University of Texas told the L.A.Times that "UCLA, UC Berkeley and UC San Diego could charge higher fees without harming enrollments"..."I know the clientele could meet those pricing structures."
Critics tell us the sliding tuition fees would make the already elite institution that much more stand-offish than ever to the mere local taxpayers who foot the bills.