Patt Morrison for March 30, 2010

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

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The University of California system still struggles with budget woes

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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