The UC office of the president, or UCOP, recently released a document called “UC Myths and Facts” which explains the claims leveled by critics of the budget cuts to be false and inaccurate. Physics Professor Emeritus of UC Berkeley, Charles Schwartz, recently produced this response to the UCOP’s propaganda.
What you call the “funding for per-student education at UC” is a piece of accounting fraud that I have repeatedly criticized. The numbers you use to calculate that actually cover all of the costs for faculty research work throughout the academic year as well as undergraduate plus graduate educational programs. When I disaggregate that bundle of expenses, it turns out that undergraduate student fees now cover the full per-student cost for UC to provide undergraduate education. So the reduction in state funding is really a cutback in the faculty’s research program. That is a lamentable loss, but it is totally unjustified to dump that cost onto undergraduate students (and their families).
-Professor Emeritus, Charles Schwartz