Colin Powell
Would UC be better off as a private university?

To the editor: The University of California system needs a secure and predictable funding stream. The approved 5% annual tuition increases each of the next five years would meet that need. ("In widely opposed move, UC regents set to hike tuition up to 5% yearly," Nov. 19) The state funds UC much less than it did even a generation ago. In 1987, for example, the state funded 54% of UC Berkeley's budget. In 2013, the state supplied only 11% of the UC system's budget. This is hardly a "public" university anymore. The people of California give but a pittance toward the overall the budget of UC, yet taxpayers expect increased student capacity, only modest...