Lozano took a defensive posture about the latest audit in an interview Friday.She said she stood with the president, saying Napolitano has harnessed the university’s size and brainpower to take on “great social challenges,” such as global food security, and has expanded support for undocumented students who don’t qualify for federal aid.But two years later, the university says it has no choice but to raise fees again this fall — by 6 to ,370.After California voters approved the Proposition 30 tax increase in late 2012, Gov.
In 2015, after Brown and Napolitano clashed publicly over the tuition-hike threat, they struck a deal: The state would help to pay down the system’s pension debt and help to fund enrollment expansion if UC kept tuition flat for another two years, made pension reforms, and added 10,000 more in-state spots for undergraduates.Jerry Brown insisted UC and Napolitano hold its tuition flat for years as a condition for getting additional state money.(Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group) Napolitano also has been coping with her own personal struggles.UC Regent John Pérez even turned down an interview request because, according to his spokesman, officials from the president’s office had requested that all press inquiries go through them. Newsom, who is running for governor, cites weak board oversight for the fact that UC has “the Legislature breathing down our necks.” Napolitano declined to be interviewed for this story, but Nathan Brostrom, chief financial officer for the University of California, defended the president’s office in a phone interview on Thursday, calling elements of the audit’s tone and characterization “unfortunate.” He disputed the idea that the central administration — whose budget makes up 7 million of UC’s total operating budget of .5 billion — maintains a “slush fund,” as lawmakers have charged, and said much of the funding in question was tied to specific initiatives, such as cybersecurity and sexual violence prevention.
But the latest revelations have already caused turmoil for UC, with growing calls to cancel the tuition hikes and even new legislation to force such a move.
She was hospitalized in January for side-effects of cancer treatment.