On March 8, CAA and a delegation of alumni joined the campus government relations team to meet with lawmakers in Sacramento to talk about the transformative power of a college education and how UC benefits the state. The CAA delegation joined groups from the other nine UC campuses, and UC President Janet Napolitano, to advocate for public higher education funding. The team met one-on-one with nine legislators to remind them about the importance of supporting UC, especially during the current period of enrollment growth.
The CAA team had simple asks of the East Bay legislators they met with:
- $25 million for an additional 2,500 California undergraduate students systemwide
- $9 million for an additional 900 graduate students systemwide
- $35 million for deferred maintenance systemwide
State support for UC Berkeley is down 34 percent from pre-recession levels and only covers about 14 percent of the campus operating budget. Still, this school year Cal is educating hundreds more new California undergraduates than in 2015-2016. To continue the historic levels of enrollment growth across the UC system, we need the state to step up and join us in growing California together.
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