Michael Hiltzik revives a core principle of the UC Master Plan of the 1960s: a free UC college education to in-state students who qualify. Could we have had the Earl Warrens (Supreme Court Justice) or Maxine Hong Kingstons (National Humanities medal winner) of today if it weren't for the almost no-cost high quality in-state college educations they received back then? There's no better investment in the innovation and ingenuity of the American people than an investment in education. We should bring this wonderful benefit back for today's students.
Michael Hiltzik: Let's bring back the idea of a free UC education
The principle of free tuition for state residents was deeply ingrained in UC from its founding in the 1860s and reaffirmed in the 1960 master plan for public higher education, which acknowledged the university's role as a driver of economic growth. Raising the instructional costs for students, the m…