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University of California students potentially face a six percent increase in tuition in the fall, according to a May 12 Huffington Post article. The possibility of another tuition increase worsens the news for local students who hope to transfer to UC San Diego.

For years, local community college students have been able to access UC San Diego through a program called TAG, Transfer Admission Guarantee. A student who enrolled in the program, maintained a high grade point average, and took prescribed classes, could count on being accepted.

However, a May 2 UT story announced "The UC San Diego program that guarantees transfer admission to community college students who meet certain requirements will come to an end in 2014, campus officials have decided." Budgetary cutbacks and "explosive growth" of the program were cited for the decision.

The transfer guarantee program has traditionally been viewed as a program that helps disadvantaged or late-blooming students transfer to UCSD. Michael Cash, president of the Associated Students at San Diego City College told the UT, "This [program] has given a lot of students--your minorities and your socially and economically challenged--hope."

At the same time that a door closes for local students the UC system has been courting students from outside of California. in January, the Los Angeles Times reported, "Sharply higher numbers of students from other states and countries applied for admission to the University of California this year, following UC's controversial efforts to recruit more such students for the extra tuition they pay..."

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Visduh May 12, 2012 @ 3:49 p.m.

The decades-long push by the UC to become a first-tier research university has reached its conclusion, in that it now is repudiating its mission of educating state residents. That TAG program was one way that a student could avoid the cost of four full years of UC study and still earn a UC diploma. They're slamming the door on that just when it should be kept open and expanded. Then as the price to attend a UC campus incrreases, they further limit the number of otherwise-qualified students they accept from within the state while courting arguably less-qualified applicants from outside so that they can charge them far more. I wonder how many of those out-of-staters realize that what they are paying for is being rapidly devalued. I'd sure like to see some sort of accounting of what some of the UC campuses, such as Berkeley and LA, are doing with all those billions of dollars they have raised in recent years. Is any of that being used to assist the educational mission? Or is it all still funneled into prestige research projects and facilities? This whole picture is a sad one, and one that Californians should not just accept as part of the stinky economy. The UC can do better by its potential and present students.


SurfPuppy619 May 12, 2012 @ 8:28 p.m.

I have been sayign the last 2 years-we have turned into a banana republic where the rich and connected few get the best of the fgov and everyone else ends up footing the bills.


Moravecglobal May 12, 2012 @ 4:22 p.m.

UC Chancellor's solution to higher education crisis, charge higher tuition to Californians. Chancellor pushes University of California Berkeley farther and farther out of reach for the sons and daughters of Californians. UCB Chancellor Robert J Birgeneau is outspoken on why elite public universities, like Cal, should charge Californians more. With Birgeneau’s leadership UCB is more expensive (on an all-in-cost) than private Harvard and Yale. Chancellor Birgeneau’s ‘charge more’ tuition to Californians makes Cal. the most expensive public higher education in our country!

Birgeneau ($450,000 salary) likes to blame the politicians, since they stopped giving him every dollar expected. The Chancellor’s ‘charge more’ instate tuition skyrocketed fees by an average 14% per year from 2006 to 2011-12 academic year. If Birgeneau had allowed fees to rise at the same rate of inflation over the past 10 years they would still be in reach of most middle income students. Increasing funding is not Cal’s solution.

As a public university UCB is to maximize access to the widest number of instate students at a reasonable cost with a mission of diversity and equality of opportunity. Unfortunately Birgeneau’s ‘charge more’ tuition to Californians diminishes the equality and inclusion principles which underlie our state and country. Birgeneau’s and Provost George Breslauer’s ($306,000 salary) ‘charge more’ instate tuition denies middle income Californians the transformative value of Cal’s education.

Chancellor Birgeneau’s tenure is a sad unacceptable legacy. Opinion to: UC Board of Regents [email protected] and Calif. State Senators and Assembly members.


Visduh May 12, 2012 @ 8:47 p.m.

You've taken Birgeneau to task before. Why do you single him out from the whole pack, which includes the president of the UC, and the chancellors of the five largest campuses? One chancellor does not make university policy. That comes from the board through the president (Yudof) to the chancellors. I have no sympathy whatsoever for any of the cabal of overpaid academicians/money raisers who have taken over the UC. But Birgeneau is only one of several like-minded pettifoggers.


Moravecglobal June 30, 2012 @ 3:21 p.m.

Birgeneau is Chancellor of elete flagship Cal. With Birgeneau's salary and seniority he has no reason to run with the pack.

One has to start somewhere and Birgeneau is a place to start.


Susan Luzzaro May 12, 2012 @ 9:24 p.m.

pettifoggers :-) -- that word had completely fallen out of my vocabulary. Thanks for the return.

"The UC and CSU systems each lost $750 million in state funding during the current fiscal year. That represents a roughly 20 percent cut for UC and 27 percent reduction for CSU." This quote comes from the Huffington article. All of the repercussions of the cuts are hard to predict--but easy to imagine.


Burwell May 12, 2012 @ 10:08 p.m.

California no longer has a large enough tax base to support the UC system. It's time to restructure the UC system. Enrollment should be slashed by 50%. Half the campuses should be closed. We can't afford the fat, bloat, and waste in the UC system. The law and medical schools should be cut loose as private institutions and forced to support themselves without tax money.


SurfPuppy619 May 13, 2012 @ 8:40 p.m.

The law and medical schools should be cut loose as private institutions and forced to support themselves without tax money. Both the law and medical schools have finally started charging market rates. For the public to subsidize 75% of top 10 and 20 law and medical schools where the graduates will be earning 6 figure incomes was outrageous. That was a very sore point for me, and i am sure for many others had they known about the money these graduates make.


Twister May 12, 2012 @ 11:10 p.m.

It's smelling more and more like a conspiracy, as some have claimed.

It's time to actually study the history of the system and to reveal just how today's ratios compare to those of the past. It's time to do simple input/output diagrams, and to cut through the BS. Methinks we're being hoodwinked--by some dissembling, obfuscatory petty foie grassers that must be eschewed and emeticked with great expectorations.


Susan Luzzaro May 13, 2012 @ 9:38 p.m.

surfpuppy, so how would it happen in your best world? How should we educate doctors and lawyers? So many young people are now saddled with enormous student loan debt...how do you think that will all play out for society in general?


SurfPuppy619 May 14, 2012 @ 11:39 a.m.

surfpuppy, so how would it happen in your best world? How should we educate doctors and lawyers? So many young people are now saddled with enormous student loan debt...how do you think that will all play out for society in general

1- we do not need to educate ANYMORE lawyers-50%-75% of the 40K of annual graduating law students will never work as lawyers-ever, no jobs.

2- We would educate docs and lawyers the exact same was as today-the only difference is the poor and middle class will NOT pay for subsidizing UC professional schools where the graduates are making $100K plus out of the blocks, they can afford the education and should they pay for it based on their income. Boalt law grads are paid as high as $200K per year in total comp their FIRST year-there is no reason the poor and middle class should pay their law school costs. Same argument applies to ALL the professional graduate programs at UC.


SurfPuppy619 May 14, 2012 @ 11:39 a.m.

I have no idea why that font came out like that.


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