FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 25, 2003
Brad Hayward (510) 987-9200
University of California President Robert C. Dynes issued the following statement today regarding the mid-year budget cuts proposed by the Schwarzenegger Administration.
“California is facing a major budget challenge, and as a result, pain and sacrifice will have to be spread widely across the state. We at the University of California recognize that we need to play a role in the state’s solution to its budget gap.
“At the same time, it is important for all to recognize that every additional budget cut to the University of California is a painful cut. We already have taken deep cuts in previous budgets, leaving us with a 14% decrease in state funding while our enrollments have increased 18%. Our ability to preserve this institution’s world-class quality and continue making a major contribution to California’s economy will be compromised by these growing budget cuts.
“I am particularly concerned by the proposal to eliminate state funding for UC outreach programs to the public schools in California. Improving student achievement throughout the public schools remains a major challenge facing our state, and UC outreach programs are making an important contribution to the effort. Part of our mission as an educational leader in California is to help integrate educational efforts across the K-16 system, and our outreach programs have a proud legacy of doing so. I hope to have further discussions in Sacramento about this issue, and about the overall support we need to maintain quality programs for the people of California.”
The mid-year budget reductions proposed by the Schwarzenegger Administration for the UC system include the following. All would require action by the Legislature before taking effect.
Below are just a few of the University of California’s impacts on California and its economy:
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