Over the 15 years I have taught at UC Santa Barbara, I have seen repeated budget cuts and tuition increases. And yet most students are graduating in four years, not six.
I am not sure what Gov. Jerry Brown is referring to when he wants to speed up graduations. A top-quality education takes time — the University of California is not McDonald's.
"The outside world" that Brown mentions has greatly impacted UC; it has reduced the university to a shell of what it once was. Remarkably, students have been incredibly resilient and found a way to graduate.