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Brown And Napolitano To Study UC Finances Together

Jeff Chiu / AP

FILE PHOTO: Gov. Jerry Brown, left, and University of California president Janet Napolitano listen to speakers during a UC Board of Regents meeting, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in San Francisco.

Jeff Chiu / AP

(AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and University of California President Janet Napolitano have agreed to try to iron out their differences on tuition increases, the state's duty to fund higher education and the university's responsibility to control costs.

The two leaders are asking fellow members of UC's governing board this week to name them as the sole members of a committee that will look at ways to save money, help students complete their studies more quickly and the role of university research in California's economy, among other topics.

The governor first floated the idea of establishing such a committee in November, when, over Brown's objections, a majority of the Board of Regents approved Napolitano's to raise tuition by up to 5 percent in each of the next five years.

Napolitano and Brown plan to bring proposals back to the full board in March.