The University of California should enroll more out-of-state students, push more students to graduate in three years, create more online classes and look for ways to operate more efficiently, according to a report aimed at helping the 10-campus system weather stormy economic times.
The final report from UC's Commission on the Future, released Monday, pulls together ideas that have been discussed for more than a year in response to reductions in state funding for higher education.
"The goal must be for the university to emerge on the other side of crises fit and ready to serve California as well and as far into the future as it has in the past," said the report. More than 80 professors, administrators, students, and business and labor leaders participated in its creation. The UC regents and faculty panels will now review it.
Some recommendations are already being put in place. For example, the report calls for increasing the percentage of non-California undergraduates from the current 6% to 10% systemwide, for the higher tuition those students pay. UC Berkeley and UCLA are already well above 10% in out-of-state enrollment, and other campuses are stepping up their recruiting of out-of-state freshmen.