Sacramento - Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) joined legislators and UC President Mark Yudof at the first meeting of the bipartisan UC Legislative Roundtable on January 14 to discuss the state of the University and the role of higher education in California.
"The University of California provides research and learning opportunities that are essential components for hastening our state's slow economic recovery," said Assemblymember Stone. "As the Assemblymember representing both the UC Santa Cruz campus and CSU Monterey Bay, I understand the need to maintain a robust university system in my region and in California. I'm pleased to join my Republican and Democratic colleagues at the UC Legislative Roundtable to discuss this bipartisan issue."
At the meeting, President Yudof discussed the impact of the recently released 2013-14 Governor's upon UC funding. In addition, roundtable participants discussed tuition, nonresident enrollment, student debt, faculty and staff compensation, e-learning, UC medical schools, support for low-income and undocumented students.
"I applaud legislators for their interest and participation in roundtable discussions," President Yudof said. "In my over 20 years as a chief administrator in higher education I have never been to a gathering of so many legislators who have come together in this way."
The UC Legislative Roundtable includes members of the State Senate and Assembly whose districts have UC campuses or medical centers. The bi-cameral and bipartisan Roundtable provides a forum for legislators to interact with University officials about prevailing policy and fiscal issues of shared importance to the State and the UC. These legislators will also receive periodic communications from UC about recent advancements and developments taking place on campuses, medical centers and the UC Office of the President, as well as UC positions on State legislation.
The Roundtable is expected to convene several times over the next year.
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