Welcome to the Thursday, May 10th edition of the Daily Dose of Higher Education for Breakdrink.com; I’m Shawn Brackett bringing you today’s news.
“University of California System to Propose Raising Tuition for Fall 2012 by 6%”
Experiencing what its vice-president for budget calls the “worst funding crisis” in state history, the University of California System is considering asking for a 6% increase in base tuition this fall term. The state of California has a $9.2 billion deficit which may grow to $10.2 billion by the end of the fiscal year due to falling revenue from corporate taxes. UC administrators and students agree that the system is under an historic threat to is public mission–for the first time ever, students contributed more to the UC budget than the state this academic year. There will be a measure on the California ballot this November requesting a tax increase. If passed, that measure would provide relief to the strained state budget.
“England to Enact New Quality Controls Based, In Part, on Unscheduled Investigations”
The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE; “hef-key”) has proposed a change to how government measures and ensures quality at colleges and universities. Under the white paper put forth recently, HEFCE would collaborate with the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) and Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) to investigate institutions which have clusters of complaints by students, significantly lower scores on the National Student Survey, or higher rates of unaccredited teaching staff. Currently, QAA reviews institutions every six years; this white paper suggest extending that timeline.
That’s it for today! Have a good night and I’ll see you tomorrow.