The leaders of California's three higher education systems warned Tuesday that more budget cuts will hurt the state's economic recovery.
The heads of the University of California, California State University and California Community Colleges spent the day lobbying state lawmakers and the governor's office to make higher education a priority as they prepare to put together a new spending plan for 2012-13.
Frustration over rising tuition and fewer courses have been playing out across California's college campuses. At the same time, administrators have been criticized for handing out handsome compensation packages.
CSU Chancellor Charles Reed said he hears the students but noted that higher education funding is at 40-year lows. The UC and CSU systems have been cut about $1 billion over the past two years, which has resulted in double-digit tuition hikes, he said.