Gov. Jerry Brown of California has proposed modest increases in state higher-education appropriations in the 2015 fiscal year in return for a continued freeze in tuition and expectations that public colleges will work to improve student outcomes.
The increases are meant to be the second installment of a four-year plan “to provide steady and predictable state funding,” according to a summary of the Democratic governor’s proposed budget. And he expects the state’s three public higher-education systems to use the additional money “to maintain affordability, decrease the time it takes students to complete a degree, increase the number of students who complete programs, and improve the transfer of community-college students to four-year colleges and universities,” the summary states.
Overall spending on higher education would increase a little more than 4 percent in the governor’s budget. The largest percentage increase, nearly 13 percent, would go to the state’s Student Aid Commission, as it begins a Middle Class Scholarship Program that’s slated to cost an estimated $107-million in the first year. <Read more.>