California’s UC System Protests Budget Cuts

UC Berkeley and UC Davis had protests over the budget cuts today (the entire University system protested):

Professors, students and workers at all 10 University of California campuses today are staging protests, rallies and pickets to draw attention to the effect of state budget cuts on the university.

Originally planned by professors angry that they’ve been forbidden from taking their furloughs on teaching days, the rallies have snowballed. Professors have been joined by workers locked in labor negotiations with the university and students upset about a proposal to raise fees by 15 percent in the spring and another 15 percent in the fall.


27 Responses to “California’s UC System Protests Budget Cuts”

  1. 1 Amanda Herrera September 24, 2009 at 9:31 PM

    UC budget cuts are effecting everyone even workers who are funded under a different budget. My dad has been working for UCSB housing department for about 12 years and he recently told me about how the budget cuts are effecting the housing department even though they are separate. The reason for doing this is to make it fair for all staff but i don’t agree. If there is going to be separate budgets then they should always be handled separately since that seems to be their purpose. If their were budget cuts made just on the housing department I don’t think they would extend it to the entire UC system.

  2. 2 Michelle Benton September 28, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    So if enrollments are rising and the number of available classes are dimishing(mentioned in a past Blog) then the demand for what the UC System can supply is much higher. I don’t understand why the school system is cutting back if the demand is there. It seems unfair to teachers and students all around. I am glad students and faculty are putting their feet down. Enough is enough. The unfair pay cuts, layoffs, tuition increases, and forced furlough days can only be tolerated so long. People can’t be expected to give and give and not have a breaking point. Sometimes I feel like the bad economy is just an excuse to be treated worse.

  3. 3 Ruby S. September 28, 2009 at 3:24 PM

    The workers and students have a right to be angry and I fully support them for taking a stand and not letting their distress go unnoticed. The budget cuts cause teachers to get a lower pay and the students continue to pay more and more for their education. I’m not understanding why education of all things is being hit so hard by the economic crisis.

    Yes, everyone must make sacrifices, but when will it be realized that education is the only way that people can continue to help! A lot of students are attending junior colleges in order to take classes for cheaper, but they cannot graduate from there. Why are students being punished for wanting to get a college education without being in debt for the rest of their lives?!

  4. 4 Alejandro Plascencia September 28, 2009 at 7:39 PM

    The budget cuts are unfair and unjust. The students and faculty have right to be upset over these drastic cuts. The risein tuition is brutal on the students and there families because in this economy the prices are way over priced. The way tuition prices are rising the margin for paying for an education andit being worth it is becoming smaller each day. Soon it will be better off to start working straight out of highschool instead of pursuing a college career.

  5. 5 Christopher Morris September 29, 2009 at 7:48 AM

    That’s right, fight for your right. Fight for what you believe in. I never agree with the budget cutting aiming at our schools, without education we have nothing. They need to look anywhere else, maybe the prison system for instance, before they look at the schools. If people can’t go to school, then they definitely won’t get jobs, and with a bunch of uneducated unemployed people walking around how far do you think we’ll get as a country?

  6. 6 dlilpanama September 29, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    i dont think this is a good idea. by them lowering the budget for teachers is makeing teachers not want to teach. right now there seems to be a lot more students trying to go to college. a lot more to the point where its hard for some to get into the classes that they want or need. if less teachers teach because of this it effects the schools and students. also they wwanna make students pay more for there classes. if they do this they should beable to pay the teachers there money.

  7. 7 Alanna Heaney September 29, 2009 at 8:13 PM

    i think the budget crisis is a load of crap. i hate how they take money out of the school funds and everything and make it harder for people to get an education. education is the main key to life now and with the economy bad they are going to make it tougher on people to get an education. i think what they did with protesting is a great idea and show that they are strong people and they deserve to get what is theirs and not raise the prices on everything.

  8. 8 Deb Snyder September 30, 2009 at 9:52 AM

    I would probably feel more compassion towards the professors if they weren’t planning on taking classroom days for their furlough days. While I can understand the point they are trying to make, how could that plan have ANY sort of redeeming factors to it?

    Really, now. It would be the students that lose under that situation, and enough students are losing already with the budget cuts.

  9. 9 Alexandria Horton October 1, 2009 at 7:40 AM

    I never realized how the teachers are being affected, it isn’t fair. Either way the students and the teachers have the right to do what they please with their brains. It is so hard to understand that we are being forced to attend school if we ever want to survive comfortably or don’t want to be looked down upon by society. Then, try to make it harder for those who it is already hard for. Teachers have already gotten there and learned so much and spent so many years in school and they don’t even get the respect they deserve. What is our “greatest country in the world” coming to. I know things can’t keep down this path without some sort of revolution. 2012 is just around the corner they say thats when we will stick up for our individuality, why not do it now?

  10. 10 Alex Stauffer October 1, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    I find it very interesting. This summer when everyone was notified that there were going to be some budget cuts and a raise in fees in the UC system many asked me what different classes were getting cut from my school. I was very delighted to tell them none. There are pros and cons to every different situation in life. When I was a freshman I was getting my education for roughly 30,000 dollars a year including scholarships. Were as many of my fellow high school students were attending the California schools for much less. At that moment I felt like I was being ripped off. But then you take into account the class size, the student to faculty ratio, the community and location. Soon it seemed worth it. And now it’s interesting that all those peers of mine that were getting their education for a third of the price of mine now find themselves in a dilemma considering what they are going to do for the classes they need that will soon be cut.

  11. 11 yvonne October 1, 2009 at 9:44 PM

    The teachers and students are right to protest. I believe that education should be the last system to be cut. Why are they not cutting correctional officers salaries instead of giving them raises and adding all kinds of perks like hazard pay for babysitting inmates that are locked in a cell 23 hours a day. Less availability to higher education will create a new generation of low class citizens that will and will only validate the myth “college is for rich people only.”.

  12. 12 Margaret Garbo October 4, 2009 at 2:41 PM

    Affected faculty, staff and students are right to let their voices be heard. I think the students aren’t getting their moneys worth if there is a decrease in the number of classes made available while they pay their tuition fair and square. An increase of fees in the fall and the spring semester is uncalled for because classes the students need arent there anymore. I feel bad for the students. Hopefully they are able to find some sort of help or support to figure it out because as the demand for education increases, the supply given by the UC schools is slowly diminishing due to their budget cuts that the professors are not agreeing with. What is up with the US government? Shouldn’t they be making efforts towards promoting and encouraging education rather than hindering it through their budget cuts and increase of fees? It makes things more complicated for everybody.

  13. 13 Nick Pasquale October 4, 2009 at 9:05 PM

    With the UC systems making budget cuts, their is a proposal to raise fees to 15 percent in the spring and the fall. They plan to raise to the cost of school during the middle of the school year which will make it very tough for some students to remain in school. The budget cuts for UC systems doesnt seem that it will help, as the professors, faculty, and students are all upset with the decision.

  14. 14 Mike Beretta October 6, 2009 at 2:25 PM

    No one wins in a budget cutting issue, but we are all in the same boat. Every business I know of is cutting back, laying off workers, etc. I understand everyone has the right to protest, but what did they accomplish? Many of the departments at UCB are privately funded by grants, especially the science and engineering groups. Those professors will not be affected by any cuts. I don’t understand why certain professors are complaining about furlough days. Aren’t they there to teach? Every one of those students has the right to have their professors there and why should they pay for them when they aren’t? There are many different aspects to this issue and I’m just glad that I’m not having an issue with it. Everyone I know that goes to Berkeley knew there was going to be a hike in tuition well before.

  15. 15 jonathan walden October 8, 2009 at 8:08 AM

    i think the budget cuts are a terrible idea. it is a lose-lose situation for everybody. it does not make sense to raise tuition at many colleges, and cut classes at the same time. i know many people who need only a few classes in order to get their degree, and are unable to take those classes because they have been cut. this also makes each students experience much worse beacuse they are in classes that are more crouded, and being taught by teachers who are not enthusiatic about teaching.

  16. 16 Kaleen Scott October 12, 2009 at 9:51 PM

    I was personally effected by this because I was planning on transferring during the Spring semester only to find out that Universities would not be accepeting Spring transfers due to budget cuts. It’s put me a semester behind and I regret not doing research ahead of time.

  17. 17 Gina October 13, 2009 at 7:57 AM

    I am glad that the student and teachers are standing up for themselves. It is ridiculous that the demand for classes is increasing, yet they are laying off teachers and cutting classes like crazy. Education is everything in the economy today and it is begining to seem unreachable for the average income student. Many students stayed home to go to the juior college to save money for the first two years, but they all eventually need to move on to a state or uc school to graduate. These cuts need to stop somewhere.

  18. 18 Matthew Abang October 18, 2009 at 3:20 PM

    Professors at the UC schools are right to be upset over more budget cuts. This will lead to a decrease in enrollment and professors having to take pay cuts or even lay-offs. The UC schools have a good reputation for providing the best education possible. It is no wonder, though, that the UCs try to admit as many out of state applicants as possible. They will be able to add more revenue to their budgets. This makes sense despite the fact that we the California tax payer gets hurt by it. Education should not be something that has to be cut due to bureaucratic problems. The ones who ultimately suffer are the students. On the other hand, this is good for private schools like St. Mary’s because if public universities are too expensive, students can come here and get a better education without worrying about classes being cut.

  19. 19 selduhhh October 19, 2009 at 3:52 PM

    I absolutly agree with what Matthew Abang!

    I remember reading a paper about the same topic, and I remember reading someone’s comment about how the coaches should cut their salaries because some of them are making millions because of the team. It’s insane.

  20. 20 Genine Lobo November 17, 2009 at 4:46 PM

    Budget cuts have such a large effect on the college as whole. They are very difficult for professors to cope with, especially when such a large portion of the school’s budget goes to athletics, like that of UC Berkeley. Students are suffering because fewer classes are offered, causing a great problem for those who can not get into enough classes to be full-time students. It is very sad to know that many students will not be able to complete there college education within 4 years because of budget cuts. Also, a rise in tuition could leave many students unable to attend the school they originally planned to graduate from.

  21. 21 Francine Zumbo December 5, 2009 at 3:52 PM

    Students and Professors have a right to be upset about the budget cuts. I have friends who are affected by this. Classes they need for their major were cut and now they have to take them over summer. I feel it is not right to cut student classes because they personally affect you. When you pay to go to a school you should get all the classes you need to graduate.

  22. 22 Kali Hardcastle December 6, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    i think that students and teachers have every right to protest the budget cuts. we hear about the government cutting budgets and it seems that one of the first thing to be influenced in education. doesnt the increase of enrollment in schools have to do with the decrease in the economy? why would they cut back spending for school systems? it doesnt make sense when more people are going to school, more teachers are getting fired, more programs and classes are being cut. my mom works in a high school in fresno. they have cut out sections of classes so that an average class size is 45 rather than the 32 that my mom had in a class just a few years ago. the budget cuts are not only affecting the universities but aall education systems in california. are we trying to increase to undermine the value of our education?

  23. 23 Vince Kaehler December 6, 2009 at 4:17 PM

    Because California is in a massive debt, they need to make cuts everywhere. People need to realize that a 30 billion and growing debt is not no small matter. the cuts need to be made if california is going to get out of debt.

  24. 24 Martin M December 6, 2009 at 8:48 PM

    I would have to agree with many that say that the budget cuts are completely unfair and unnecessary. Some of us are fighting and struggling to get an educatiion and with this new proposal, what good does it do for those that cannot afford to get an education? Instead, they should be helping so that all can get an equal eduaction.

  25. 25 Sarah Reddell December 6, 2009 at 10:21 PM

    I find these budgets cuts interesting because I have always believed that you cannot put a price on education. Should we have to pay increasingly larger amounts for our education or is it right for us to take a stand and protest these tuition increases? During these hards times it seems that we are stuck between a rock and a hard spot, having to make budget cuts, lowering the salaries of needed staff, and also raising tuition, causing many students to struggle through school if even able to continue. It is not right that we must make such intense budget cuts and harm those who provide our valuable education but at the same time many of us students will not be able to keep up with the rising costs. What is the true value of education?

  26. 26 amos mccray-goldsmith December 7, 2009 at 12:34 AM

    education is always the first thing to go. the issure is that it does not seem life a relavent thing at the time in which people make those decisions. but the main problem will be further down the road, when the majority of californians are not getting a good enogh education. so when the generation that got the budget cuts is put into power, they may be ill equipped to control the country. or maybe we will rise to the occation. i did spend last summer in UC santa cruz taking some summer classes and i really could not tell that there were cuts,but i had no reference point in which to compare it to.

  27. 27 Stephen Cassinelli December 8, 2009 at 8:44 PM

    I agree with many others that say that the budget cuts are not right and are a problem for professors at these universities. I thing that the schools should act quickly because it stated in the article about that not just the universities are suffering but more importantly the students educations are being affected. I feel that the UC system should rethink some of their ideas on the budget cuts and they should do it quickly.

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