Caught between state funding cuts and rowdy student protests, a key committee of the University of California’s Board of Regents on Wednesday reluctantly approved a two-step student fee increase that would raise undergraduate education costs more than $2,500, or 32%, by next fall.
If you are interested in an on the ground perspective of the strike and building occupation that occured at UC Berkeley, as well as being a graduate student at a public university at this particular moment of public sphere dismantling, I’d recommend this series of posts over at zunguzungu: (in chronological order) On Being a Graduate Student (sort of) On Strike, Wheeler Hall Occupation, Wheeler Hall Occupied by the Police, Security Doors.
Two additional things. One, from Kevin Drum, shows the relationship between prison spending and student tuition:
Also the chart here at Edge Of The American West, about the changing priorities of the university by employment categories.
Two. Wendy Brown’s “Why Privatization Is About More Than Who Pays”, from a UC Berkeley event “Save the University” (all of which is on youtube, and features Robert Reich, Ananya Roy and others). For work that is theory driven, the speech is incredibly accessible, and walks through the larger implications of the move to make public higher education more market driven in 10 easy steps.