The Madeleine Brand Show for August 14, 2012

The impacts of cuts on California's higher education

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Students sit around the Bruin Bear statue during lunchtime on the campus of UCLA .

The majority of UC and Cal State students have another month of summer to enjoy before they head back to campus. When they get there, fewer class offerings and longer waiting lists will be waiting.

California's higher education system has suffered deep budget cuts since the recession began. About a quarter of their state funds have been eliminated, and Governor Brown is warning there's more ahead if voters don't approve Proposition 30, a temporary increase in sales tax, in the November election.

California's Master Plan for Higher Education was once viewed at the crown jewel in the nation's public university system. Built in 1960 during Jerry Brown's father Pat Brown's term as governor, the three-tiered system was designed to give affordable access for higher education, with community colleges, CSU and UC schools covering students.


Lee Gardner, senior editor at the Chronicle of Higher Education

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