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3-yr diplomas, online courses…is this the future of the University of California?

by Patt Morrison

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The University of California system still struggles with budget woes Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

At first glance the first set of recommendations that emerged from the UC Commission on the Future would seem to minimize the value of a vaunted diploma from a UC campus: encouraging some students to complete bachelor’s degrees in three years through extra summer session and fewer requirements; doubling the number of out-of-state students; charging more for popular campuses; and expanding online course offerings. But for a cash-strapped university system that has no prospects of increased revenues coming from the state of California any time soon, the UC system is faced with tough decisions to maintain a high caliber of education and research. Can UC remain one of the best public education institutions in the world while making these sacrifices; and will California’s students get squeezed out with more out-of-state admissions?


Russell Gould, Chairman of the University of California Board of Regents

Jesse Cheng, Student Regent-designate on the University of California Board of Regents

Christopher Edley, dean of the UC Berkeley Boalt Hall law school; panel member of the UC Commission on the Future

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