University of California regents Wednesday discussed the possibility of a 6% tuition increase for next fall but pledged that they would lobby hard to avoid such a $732-per-student hike.
With such money worries rippling through the 10-campus system, the regents approved the hiring of a new chancellor for UC San Diego at a $411,084 salary, which is 4.8% higher than his predecessor, Marye Anne Fox.
In addition, Pradeep Khosla, now the engineering dean at Carnegie Mellon University, will receive a relocation bonus of nearly $24,700 annually for his first four years. The raise will come from non-state funds and Khosla's overall package is reportedly less than what he now earns, but some critics said any UC raise is unwarranted in today's brutal fiscal situation.
UC administrators were pleased that Gov. Jerry Brown did not propose any immediate cuts to the university this week although Brown warned that UC could lose $250 million if voters do not approve his proposed tax increases in November.