Lt. Governor Newsom calls for reversal of Tuition Hikes in light of hidden UC funds

4-25-17

'Audit must be embraced as an agent for change'

SACRAMENTO - California Lieutenant Governor and U.C. Regent Gavin Newsom issues the following statement on the State Auditor's report on administrative expenditures within the University of California's Office of the President:

"For decades, the University of California's central bureaucracy has been institutionally evasive at the expense of U.C. students, faculty, donors, and public transparency. This overdue moment must be embraced as an agent for change rather than denial, and the state's legislature is to be recognized for initiating the review.

"The audit must serve as a wake-up call for the Board of Regents, as a catalyst for serious soul-searching within the U.C.'s administration, and demands a reboot of the relationship between the system and its governing body. While respecting the constitutional autonomy of the University of California, I support the spirit and intent of the State Auditor's prescriptive solutions and in particular, the recommendation for a third-party corrective action plan.

"Finally, it is outrageous and unjust to force tuition hikes on students while the U.C. hides secret funds, and I call for the tuition decision to come back before the Board of Regents for reconsideration and reversal."

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In 2013, Lt. Governor Newsom authored and published an extensive report examining California's higher education framework and provided recommendations for improvement. Lt. Governor Newsom's past written statements on Tuition Fees and Governance can be found here (2017), here (2014), and here (2011). In addition, Lt. Governor Newsom's numerous spoken remarks on Tuition Fees and Governance at the Board of Regents can be found archived online here.

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