Napolitano says statements at last week’s Board of Regents’ meeting about the possibility of lifting the UC tuition freeze have been overblown and there will be no fee increase forthcoming.
“We want to keep tuition as low and predictable as possible and it is frozen through the 14-15 school year,” says Napolitano.
Governor Jerry Brown’s budget proposes spending $142 million on higher education, which is a five percent spending increase. The proposal is dependent on the tuition freeze staying in place.
Napolitano said the state can and should do more for colleges and universities. But, she says if that doesn’t happen, the UC will look for more donations from the private sector to make up for some of the 30 percent of state cuts to higher education during the Great Recession.
She says the UC’s two biggest costs are retiree health benefits and pensions and capital improvements at campuses and medical centers.
The Sacramento City Teachers Association called off a strike planned to start Wednesday after reaching an agreement with the Sacramento City Unified School District on a new contract.
Sacramento State is among three CSU campuses getting a combined total of more than $8 million in federal grants to enhance teacher diversity. The goal is to recruit teachers in Latino, African American and other minority communities.
More California high school students are taking college-level Advanced Placement tests. AP exams are taken each May by high school students who've attended classes that are roughly equivalent to undergraduate college courses.
The California Community College System hopes changing the name of a free tuition program will get more eligible students to take advantage of it.
The Sacramento area unemployment rate increased last month. July's jobless rate was 5.2 percent, up from 4.8 percent in June. Analysts with the state Employment Development Department attribute the increase to seasonal cutbacks at schools.