Here’s food for thought . . . “UC” is everywhere “you see.”
When it comes to California’s higher education systems, the Golden State still rules the world. This includes our global-leading UC, CSU, community college and private university systems. Let’s focus for a moment on California’s ten-campus UC system.
First, our UC System is a ladder that lifts students up our economic ranks:
- 42 percent of UC graduates come from lower-income households.
- 46 percent of UC graduates were the first in their families to earn a college degree.
- Nine of every 10 UC students are from California.
Second, our UC system is a hotbed for cutting-edge research and innovation:
- Whether it’s high-tech, bio-tech, med-tech, clean or green-tech, innovators throughout the region earned bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from Berkeley or from one of the nine other UC campuses throughout the state.
Third, our investment is inadequate. The UC system, a jewel in the crown of our state’s economy, only receives 6.5 percent of its funding from the state of California. In fact, in real dollars, California invested only $6,000 per UC student in 2013. In 1993, 20 years ago, that investment was $16,000 per student. It is hard to get where we need to go when we are headed in the wrong direction.
We can do better, California. One way to ensure that we do is to invest in our world-class UC system; which maintains our world-class economy.