The graphic below follows on those of two previous posts (one on UC's corrosive compromises, another on a better budget strategy.) It correlates declining state revenues with a general campus enrollment growth of 33% over the decade (from about 173,000 to about 230,000 students).
Because state funds support sponsored research as well as instruction, state cuts pull money out of research. But the most immediate casualty is instruction, particularly for undergraduate students. For example, recent data from UC San Diego shows that the revenues supporting Academic Affairs are 85% comprised of student tuition and state funds. Cuts in state funds are only partially made up by tuition hikes (the 32% hike for 2008-10 netted a 2% restoration of core funds), so the result is reduced educational capacity -- at a moment when California faces an educational attainment emergency.
This situation is truly appalling. None of UC's announced proposals this year come close to addressing it. The UC Commission on the Future is meeting on Monday. Which of its recommendations address the problem in a concrete way?
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