Gov. Jerry Brown Challenges UC, Cal State to Make Big Changes

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SACRAMENTO (LA Times) — Gov. Jerry Brown has a history of tangling with California’s public universities, which pride themselves on their independence.

As governor decades ago, he shook up the UC Regents with such unconventional board appointments as music mogul David Geffen, a local YMCA director and a Zen Buddhist porpoise expert. He said faculty pay should be reduced because professors derive “psychic income” from their job.

Now he is challenging the UC and Cal State systems again — minus the eccentricity. Brown hopes to use state purse strings to force down their expenses, hold the line on tuition and fees, and graduate more students more quickly.


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