To those protesting today for public higher education, we want to acknowledge the concerns that you have expressed to preserve public education in California and make the opportunity of education fairly available to every qualified student. As you know, this goal is shared by the entire UC Berkeley community. We take great pride in the fact that this year we have the largest number of low income undergraduate students in UC Berkeley’s history with the lowest net cost in recent history.
Although we cannot respond to all of the demands for which you are fighting, we do support the cause of continuing to raise your voices to inform the California public of the need to continue to invest in public higher education. The ability to provide excellent education that is accessible and affordable is in the interests of all of the people of the State of California and is fundamental to the mission of the University of California, Berkeley.
Robert J. Birgeneau
Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost
Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs