Stop Uc Tuition Hike And Ensure Access To Higher Education

 

 

Resolution 14-11.07

WHEREAS, while historically California has led the nation in providing affordable access to higher education, tuition has steadily increased since the 1970's and doubled in the University of California system in the past 8 years as higher education cost inflation has increased while state support of higher education has decreased, and the increased tuition has hurt our economy as employers struggle to find qualified workers, income inequality is exacerbated, student debt becomes crushing, financial aid is unable to keep up with the tuition increases and higher education becomes out of the reach of much of the middle class, and

WHEREAS, after years of declining state support, following passage of Proposition 30, Governor Brown and the Democratic legislature agreed to a four year investment plan for higher education that would provide two years of 5% increases to general funding of the UC and CSU systems, followed by two years of 4% increases contingent on the UC and CSU systems holding tuition flat at 2011-12 levels through 2016-17, and

WHEREAS, despite this agreement, the UC have decided to increase tuition up to 5% a year, further restricting student access to affordable higher education and at the same time, giving generous salary increases to their University chancellors, using students as leverage in budget negotiations, 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party joins Governor Brown, Lt. Governor Newsom, Speaker Atkins, Senate pro Tem de Leon, AFSCME 3299, and the UC Student Association in opposing the UC tuition plan and urge all Democratic legislators to join in that opposition, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party urges California to ensure that tuition does not increase for higher education, that policies be adopted that help more students complete financial aid forms, increase the size of grants to keep pace with inflation, ensure that increased grants and financial support to higher education do not simply worsen higher education cost inflation, and provide more opportunities for free or lower cost tuition at higher education facilities where students volunteer service to their country, state or local community in fields certified by the State.

Authored by CDP Resolutions Committee and Kathryn Lyberger (President, AFSCME 3299)
Sponsored by CDP Resolutions Committee

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its November 2014 Executive Board Meeting
Marriot Mission Bay, San Diego
November 16, 2014

 

 

 

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