For a group of very smart people, the regents and senior leadership of the University of California can be unbelievably dumb.
That's the obvious reaction to the news that UC's leaders are putting together a funding plan that, they think, will provide predictable funding and keep the state government bear out of their house.
The idea is to tie tuition increases to cuts in state funding. The bigger the cut, the higher the increase in tuition.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports:
Under UC's proposal to the Board of Regents, tuition would rise no more than 8 percent in a year if the state also gave an 8 percent increase. But if the state gave, say, 4 percent, tuition would grow 12 percent. If the state gave nothing, tuition would increase by the full 16 percent.