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Towards Mediocrity: Administrative Mismanagement and the Decline of UC Education
What Can be Done to Address our Public Education Crisis? For the evidence of the decline of educational quality and access at UC and how we can fix it, see the full report.
Summary of Findings
• The quality of education in the UCs is in decline. Weaker graduate
programs harm faculty research and undergraduate educational quality and
access. Revitalized graduate programs are central to the revitalization of UC
• Increased class sizes and student faculty ratios means decreased access for
underrepresented minority students and student-families. The core of UC's
public service remains high-quality education for California’s disadvantaged
students. Weaker graduate programs threaten educational quality for those
• Graduate student programs play a pivotal role in quality research, frontline
education, and undergraduate engagement, but the UCs lag far behind
comparable institutions in the support they provide graduate students.
• Lessened support and decreased access have top applicants heading
elsewhere, contributing to further decline in quality.
• These problems can be significantly ameliorated within current fiscal