UC Regents Limit Enrollment, Senior Salaries
Date Added Wednesday, January 14, 2009 | 11:25 pm
Last Updated Thursday, January 15, 2009 | 1:43 am
Category: News > University > Higher Education
The UC Board of Regents approved Wednesday an enrollment reduction to the incoming class of 2013 and pay freezes for senior management employees.
The enrollment policy will not affect enrollment at the Los Angeles or Berkeley campuses, as the two campuses are in the highest demand within the UC system, the proposal states.
In addition, enrollment at UC Merced will not be capped in the hopes that more students will attend.
As a result of the plan, the university will enroll 2,300 fewer students system-wide than had been originally projected.
UC President Mark Yudof presented the proposal during a special meeting of the regents held Wednesday to address a troubled budget.
"We are in a very difficult budget crisis," he said. "Everyone is going to be called upon to sacrifice."
According to Yudof, the university is currently over-enrolled by 11,000 students. The reduction in state funds has resulted in a $120 million deficit for the university as a result of the over-enrollment. Yudof reported that the enrollment adjustment would result in $20 million in savings as projected by the university's department of finance.
The plan calls for a possibility of gradually cutting enrollment further over the next four years if the funding gap continues.
"If we were to do it overnight, it would be 11,000 students (cut)" Yudof said.
The university's over-enrollment will actually increase to a total 11,700 students as a result of the passed proposal, whose cuts do not offset the population increase at the three campuses that will remain unaffected. However, without any action the over-enrollment would have risen to an estimated 12,000 to 14,000.
Critics voiced concerns that the plan would provide an added disadvantage to minority students.
"This will take us a step backwards," said Regent Monica Lozano. "This will have a disproportionately negative impact on African American students."
However, the proposal is also aimed at potentially increasing community college transfers by 500 students in an effort to integrate students from a different demographic with a smaller expense.
"We live in a state without affirmative action and we must reduce our cost," Yudof said.
Most regents agreed that they were in favor of the proposal, but with regret.
"This is a step that we take reluctantly," said Regent Sherry Lansing. "We have no other choice."
The regents also unanimously passed a proposal to freeze pay for senior management in a separate effort to balance the budget.
Leslie Toy covers academics and administration. Contact her at [email protected]
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