Headlines about Gov. Jerry Brown's newly proposed funding increase for higher education have largely focused on state-funded public colleges saying they won't raise tuition for the 2013-2014 school year, a development cheered by students and parents alike.
Lesser known is that Brown also wants the University of California, California State University and community college systems to rein in costs, operate more efficiently and get students to obtain their diplomas more quickly.
In recommending more money for these colleges and calling on them to freeze tuition for four years, the governor outlined several ways to yield savings. Those include using technology to educate more students at a lower cost, shortening the time it takes to earn a degree and improving graduation rates.