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UC Commission on the Future

The University of California Board of Regents, under then-Chairman Russell Gould, in July 2009 formed the UC Commission on the Future. The commission was charged with evaluating how the university could best serve California and its students in an era of diminishing state resources.

The Commission and its five working groups considered numerous issues, including the right size and shape of the university, educational delivery models that maintain quality and improve efficiency, and how UC could best maximize traditional and alternative revenue streams.

It issued its final recommendations in November 2010, providing the basis for changes to UC policy in several key areas and direction for long-range planning aimed at maintaining UC access, quality and affordability.

The Commission's work served as a blueprint to guide significant change to UC's operations over the past four years, and helped the university to weather additional budget reductions after its work was completed. Guided by the principles outlined in the Commission's report, UC has:

  • Continued to honor the Master Plan guarantee of access for all eligible undergraduates 
  • Maintained robust financial aid for undergraduates with financial need
  • Created significant operating efficiencies and new revenue streams through its Working Smarter initiative, saving hundreds of millions of dollars
  • Implemented major changes in the way funds are allocated and distributed between the Office of the President and the campuses
  • Expanded the role of online education in a way that is consistent with its mission and its commitment to academic excellence 
  • Sought new ways to ensure that students are able to complete their degrees successfully and in the least amount of time, consistent with their own academic goals. 

The UC Board of Regents on Jan. 21-22, 2015 will hear a progress report on the COTF recommendations.

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