Access, affordability to University of California Berkeley is farther and farther out of reach. UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert J Birgeneau is outspoken on why elite public universities, like Cal, should charge Californians much more. With Birgeneauís leadership UCB is more expensive (on an all-in-cost) than Harvard. Chancellor Birgeneauís charge much more tuition to Californians makes Cal. the most expensive public higher education in our country!
Birgeneau ($450,000 salary) likes to blame the politicians, since they stopped giving him every dollar expected. The Chancellorís Ďcharge Californians moreí tuition skyrocketed fees by an average 14% per year from 2006 to 2011-12 academic years. If Birgeneau had allowed fees to rise at the same rate of inflation over the past 10 years they would still be in reach of most middle income students. Increasing funding is not Calís solution.
Public UC Berkeley is to maximize access to the widest number of instate students at a reasonable cost with a mission of diversity and equality of opportunity. Birgeneauís and Provost George Breslauerís ($306,000 salary)Ďcharge Californians moreí tuition denies middle income Californians the transformative value of Calís higher education.
A sad unacceptable legacy for politicians, parents, children.
Opinion to: UC Board of Regents email@example.com and Calif. State Senators and Assembly members.