SAN FRANCISCO — Days after Gov. Pete Wilson proposed freezing undergraduate student fees for another year, University of California regents moved Thursday to raise fees for students who are not California residents, and for anyone entering UC's medical or other health science professional schools next fall.
But UC President Richard C. Atkinson also asked the Board of Regents to consider a long-range policy that would set annual fee increases for all undergraduate students, as well. One suggested formula would tie the increase to growth in personal income, which has been averaging about 4.5%.
"The key to making this work is to tie fee increases to some reasonable index of 'ability to pay,' but also to provide some stability for the university's budget," Atkinson told board members meeting here.
Atkinson and UC budget director Larry Hershman said they sense a growing consensus that the nine-campus University of California and 23-campus California State University system should work out a long-range formula for gradual fee increases to avoid sharp hikes, as were imposed in the early 1990s.