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[Petition] Stop UC tuition increases


If I told you that a billion-dollar entity demanded more taxpayer funding while dramatically increasing salaries for its top earners, you’d probably think I was talking about a big bank or something similar, right?

Well, I’m not. I’m talking about the University of California and it’s very, very wrong.

UC officials have threatened to increase tuition on students and their families if the system doesn't receive additional taxpayer funding. UC made their threat on the heels of a 20% salary increase for four UC Chancellors.

That’s why I’m calling on the Board of Regents to reject the threat and look for savings inside the system. Join us today!

The University of California is on a collision course with the future. Its go-to solution to its budget challenges is to demand more money from students or taxpayers. This short-termism ignores the significant structural changes needed within the system to guarantee its long-term viability.

There are savings to be found internally: millions have been wasted on bureaucrat-driven failed IT projects, archaic administrative systems, and poorly conceived contracts.

There are savings to be found structurally: partnerships with California’s State Universities and Community Colleges, and re-evaluation of how the UC measures success.

In short: the status quo should not be rewarded.

The Board of Regents will meet to consider these tuition increases on November 19. Add your name to our petition now and tell the University of California to reject the tuition increase and consider other solutions!

As a member of the UC Board of Regents, I will oppose the tuition increase at our upcoming meeting, but I need you with me.

Your voice made a difference when we called on the UC Board of Regents to get serious about the way the system treats student athletes. Sign the petition now and let’s do it again.


Posted on November 17, 2014.

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