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Yudof.jpgUniversity of California's governing board today approved higher fees for 57 graduate professional schools while freezing tuition for undergraduates.

UC regents, meeting in San Francisco, voted to freeze tuition at $12,192 for the coming school year pending the outcome of the November election. If voters reject Proposition 30 - Gov. Jerry Brown's tax increase - UC will likely raise tuition mid-year. The resolution they approved also gives UC's formal endorsement of the ballot measure.

"This tax initiative affects us. It deeply affects us," said Sherry Lansing, chair of the board of regents. "I enthusiastically endorse support for this."

Regent Russell Gould cast the only vote against endorsing Proposition 30.

Two regents - Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and student regent Jonathan Stein - voted against raising fees at UC professional schools. The proposal calls for steep increases at some UC business, law and nursing schools, and expanding the number of programs that charge professional school fees.

UC's endorsement of Proposition 30 follows a similar move Tuesday by the California State University's board of trustees.

PHOTO CREDIT: University of California President Mark Yudof gestures during a news conference at a UC Regents meeting in San Francisco, Wednesday. AP Photo/Paul Sakuma



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