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