For the second time this week, a California university system is postponing a vote on fee increases as Gov. Jerry Brown makes the rounds touting the success of his Proposition 30 tax measure - which was supposed to avert tuition hikes.
University of California regents announced today that at Brown's request, they are yanking an item from tomorrow's agenda in which the board was to consider raising fees at several UC professional schools, including schools of nursing, business, law and medicine.
"The governor, who serves on the Board of Regents by virtue of his office, asked for additional time to allow him to develop a better understanding of the policies and methodology involved in the setting of fee levels at individual graduate professional programs," said a statement from UC's Office of the President.
Brown plans to attend tomorrow's meeting of UC's governing board in San Francisco. Today, he was in Long Beach for California State University's board meeting, where trustees were supposed to consider a new set of fees on "super seniors." Their plans changed at the last minute after Brown announced he would attend the meeting.
Brown campaigned heavily on college campuses in the run-up to last week's election, repeatedly making the promise that approval of Proposition 30 - which puts new tax money toward education - would avert tuition increases at public universities this year. While passage of the measure means that CSU is reducing tuition in January and that UC will not raise undergraduate tuition this school year, it does not affect other types of fees, such as those charged at professional schools or those proposed on students who linger on campus for a sixth or seventh year of college.