So reports today's edition of Inside Higher Ed about state senate leader Darrell Steinberg's bill to mandate MOOCs at UC, CSU, and the community colleges. You can find the article at http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/08/01/controversial-california-bill-outsource-student-learning-dead-until-2014-or-later
Apparently, M-I-D-D-L-E C-L-A-S-S S-C-H-O-L-A-R-S-H-I-P:From the Contra Costa Times: With the governor's signature this week, California college students from middle-income families will soon be in line for a tuition discount. The state-funded Middle Class Scholarship will buffer tens of thousands of students from UC's and Cal State's frequent and unpredictable fee hikes... When the program begins … Continue reading How do you spell tuition relief?
A prior post on this blog referred to the recent legislative hearing on California Senate president Darrell Steinberg's bill that would create a "platform" for various online courses that could be taken for college credit. At the hearing, he offered amendments to the original bill (SB 520) and was asked to come back with the … Continue reading Follow Up on the Steinberg Platform
As we have noted many times, it is very hard to get an initiative on the ballot without hiring signature-gathering firms (which will cost $1-$2 million). And if the initiative gets on the ballot, millions more will be needed for TV ads, etc., if there is opposition. An oil severance tax to fund higher ed … Continue reading Oil Tax for Higher Ed Initiative
A California State Senate committee held a hearing yesterday on SB 520, a bill that in its original form mandated 50 online courses at UC, CSU, and the community colleges. The bill is being pushed by Senate President Steinberg.At the hearing, he offered amendments setting 50 as a goal rather than a mandate and allowing … Continue reading Yesterday’s State Senate Hearing on Online Higher Ed Bill
The drawing boardAccording to the LA Times, UC is not likely to like important elements of the forthcoming May revise budget to be issued by the governor:..."We'd like to go back to the drawing board," said Patrick Lenz, a top UC budget official. The university was not consulted in advance about the details of Brown's … Continue reading And if you are done celebrating "more" in the state budget as on the previous posting…
Inside Higher Ed today notes that it appears that the Academic Senates of the three tiers of California public higher ed are decidedly unenthusiastic about the proposed legislation to mandate online courses under certain conditions. Previous posts on this blog have reported on the controversy....Academic senate leaders from all three public higher ed systems – UC, Cal … Continue reading Thanks, But No Thanks
The chart above is self-explanatory. The chart below shows that budget cuts produce tuition increases which then increase the cost of the state's Cal Grant program.The LAO's full report is at:http://www.lao.ca.gov/handouts/education/2013/Financial-Aid-and-the-State-Budget031313.pdf
An earlier post on this blog noted an announcement of a bill in the legislature that would impose an oil severance tax dedicated to the three segments of higher ed. It was noted on that post that the actual text of the bill was not available at that time. Now the bill is available. As … Continue reading More on Oil Severance Tax for Higher Ed Bill
Back in the day at Huntington BeachA debate that's been raging now for several years in California is headed to the Legislature, as two Democratic lawmakers introduce legislation to impose an oil extraction tax, with the proceeds earmarked for higher education and state parks. SB 241 by state Sen. Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, and state … Continue reading Oil tax for higher ed?