University of California Berkeley (UCB) Chancellor Robert J Birgeneau is outspoken on why elite public universities should charge more. With Birgeneau’s leadership UCB is more expensive (on an all-in-cost) than private Harvard and Yale. Cal. is the most expensive public higher education in our country. World ranking of prestigious universities has Harvard #1, Cal # 5.
Birgeneau would like to blame the politicians, since they stopped giving him every dollar asked for. The Chancellor’s ‘charge more’ instate tuition skyrocketed fees by an average 14% per year from 2006 to 2011-12 academic year. 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 with the help of affordable student loans. Increasing Cal’s funding is not the solution.
UCB is a public university designed to give maximum access to the widest number of instate students at a reasonable cost: with a mission of diversity and equality of opportunity. Unfortunately Birgeneau diminishes the principles which underlie our state and our country: equality and inclusion. Birgeneau’s and Provost George Breslauer’s senior management decisions deny middle income Californians the transformative value of university education.
Birgeneau’s tenure as Chancellor is a sad unacceptable legacy. University of California Berkeley is now farther and farther out of reach for the sons and daughters of Californians.
Send a forceful message that these Cal. senior management decisions simply aren’t acceptable: UC Board of Regents email@example.com and Calif Senate and Assembly member