California Higher Education

 

For decades, California’s public university system has been a model for the world, and its prestige has helped to create much of the state’s prosperity. More recently the system has been stumbling – a victim of constant budget cutting, chronic overcrowding, and administrative gridlock.

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Mar 24, 2015

Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Oakland Mural Artists Create a Mural Project to Honor Women Affected By Violence // Oakland North

The University of California system saw a major change in administration earlier this summer when Janet Napolitano was appointed president. When she takes office in September, the former Homeland Security Secretary will be the first woman to hold the presidential position.

UC Berkeley’s administration also experienced a change this past June when Nicholas Dirks was sworn in as the university’s chancellor, the faculty’s highest ranking position. One of Dirks’ primary obligations in his new role is to find new funding for the university. The numbers are stark. Ten years ago, a semester for a resident undergraduate cost less than $3,000 and about a third of the school’s funding came from the state. This semester, the state provides only about 11 percent of the funding and tuition is two and a half times higher. 

On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a special two-hour live broadcast of Your Call from the City College of San Francisco.  We’ll talk about the state of higher education – in the first hour, exploring the role public universities play in California ’s economy, and in the second hour focusing on the crisis at CCSF.  Join the conversation in person at the Diego Rivera Theater on the CCSF campus, or tune in Monday at 10 am here on KALW, San Francisco.

Guests:

Daniel Newell, Job Development & Marketing Specialist San Jose State University Career Center