How do you spell tuition relief?

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?

Vim and Vigor on UC Online Higher Ed

From the Sacramento Bee Capitol Alert blog:Jerry Brown says UC, CSU leaders pledged to pursue online ed 'vigorously'Gov. Jerry Brown said today that he vetoed his own budget proposal to earmark $20 million for online education at the University of California and California State University systems only after leaders of those institutions assured him they … Continue reading Vim and Vigor on UC Online Higher Ed

Middle-class scholarships to UC, CSU likely

But not this year!So says the headline in the San Francisco Chronicle: [excerpt]The "Middle-Class Scholarship" proposed by Assembly Speaker John Pérez, D-Los Angeles, would offer tuition discounts for students from families earning $80,000 to $150,000 a year. The program would start in the 2014-15 school year, with partial scholarships costing the state $107 million from its … Continue reading Middle-class scholarships to UC, CSU likely

Gov. Jerry Brown’s university plan is left unfinished in budget

That's what the headline in the LA Times says.  It goes on to say: [excerpt]The final spending plan does not include the governor’s proposal to tie new money for public universities to specific requirements like improving graduation rates and increasing the number of transfer students from community colleges. Nor will the plan automatically cut funding … Continue reading Gov. Jerry Brown’s university plan is left unfinished in budget

Follow Up on the Steinberg Platform

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

Oil Tax for Higher Ed Initiative

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

Yesterday’s State Senate Hearing on Online Higher Ed Bill

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

Thanks, But No Thanks

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

Emisions Remissions?

UCLA co-generation plantCalifornia's cash-strapped public universities would save millions of dollars under legislation by Orange County state Sen. Mimi Walters, but the bill's prospects are uncertain because it would alter a landmark global warming law beloved by environmentalists. Walters' proposal seeks to exempt University of California and California State University campuses from the new cap-and-trade … Continue reading Emisions Remissions?