UC to Gut Higher Education

The University of California Board of Regents is expected to adopt a plan today to slash the UC system’s budget by $813 million. According to the Chron, the huge cuts, which include the elimination of college courses, were endorsed by a regents subcommittee yesterday, despite widespread criticism from top university officials, professors, and researchers. UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau warned that cutting so many classes will force students to take an extra half-year of courses just to graduate. And UC Santa Cruz Chancellor George Blumenthal warned that the cuts will harm the UC system’s ability to conduct important research.

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