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California Budget Deal Removes Conditions on Increases for Universities

06/14/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. JUNE 14, 2013.  Gov. Jerry Brown has dropped his proposal to tie some money for California’s public universities to such requirements as freezing tuition for four years, improving graduation rates, and enrolling more low-income students and more transfer students, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Officials of the University of California and California State University had opposed those conditions, which Governor Brown, a Democrat, included in his budget proposal for 2013-14, unveiled in January. The university officials argued that the conditions were too rigid and unrealistic after years of budget cuts, and key lawmakers agreed.

As a result of this week’s budget deal, the Times reported, universities will be required simply to track the number of low-income students they have, the percentage of students who finish within four or six years, the number graduating with engineering and computer degrees, and several other statistics.

The $96.3-billion spending plan is scheduled for a vote in the Legislature on Friday. It contains $250-million more than last year for each university system and no financial penalties. Both systems said they were already making progress on the governor’s benchmarks.