Gov. Brown urges UC leaders to rethink education

  • Gov. Jerry Brown speaks at the University of California Board of Regents meeting in San Francisco, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. Brown is set to make his first appearance where he's expected to urge UC officials to control costs and avoid raising tuition. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

SAN FRANCISCO — Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called on the University of California to contain costs, embrace online learning and rethink how it does business, even though voters approved new taxes to help fund education.

Brown made the plea at the UC board of regents meeting eight days after the passage of Proposition 30. The governor, students and university supporters campaigned heavily for the ballot measure, which temporarily raises the statewide sales tax and raises income taxes on wealthy residents.

"You've got to look for some cost savings," Brown said during his first UC board meeting as governor. "You don't want to raise fees. The state can give you more, but there's a limit."

At Brown's request, officials at UC and California State University systems on Tuesday postponed votes on raising student fees. The UC board had been scheduled to consider tuition increases for several professional degree programs.

On Wednesday, the governor urged the 10-campus system to expand the use of digital technology that will allow more students to take online courses for credit while UC saves money.

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