Letter: The UC system needs more campuses, not more battles

We need new campuses,
not a battle between UCs

“California’s most important educational institution is UCLA,” Joe Mathews proclaimed in “Why UCLA, not Cal, is state’s most important university” (Eastbaytimes.com, May 12). The facts show otherwise.

UC Berkeley leads in academic department rankings; Nobel laureates; the number of faculty holding government positions (secretary of labor and chairs of the Federal Reserve and the Council of Economic Advisers); students leading national movements (such as free speech); alumni forming leading companies; and alumni entering the Peace Corps, Teach for America, and more.

As the first UC, Berkeley successfully spun off UCLA and UCSF into independent universities. The system has grown to 10 campuses and has become the leading public university system in the world. The UC system is the engine behind California’s economy.

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Most UCs have reached capacity and we must develop the future UC campuses to support the higher education needs of our state. Internal competition is not our legacy, collaboration within the UC system is the culture that will sustain California’s leadership position.

Andrea Bloom

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Source:: The Mercury News – Politics


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