We Afford Excellence?
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The growth is an indication that our K-12 system is working,
that there are good-quality students who are getting ready to graduate
and who want to stay closer to home. We need to have the facilities
to accommodate those students. But how do we do that without building
new campuses? California is the largest state in the United States,
and it has the fifth-largest economy in the world. Somehow we have
to make sure that we have the facilities necessary. If we don’t,
we limit our potential for continued growth. Some people may look
at that as a problem; I look at it as an opportunity. We need to
put our heads together and do all that we can, and if we need to
find ways to build another campus, then so be it.
Californians just passed a $13-billion capital-expenditure bond,
and there’s another $12.5 billion in the works for 2004. That’s
probably the largest source that we’re going to be able to
find to expand facilities. We can explore other avenues for managing
facilities, such as sharing among campuses, but the people of California
have shown that they want to build our infrastructure in the colleges,
and that should be one of our primary focuses. To find $12 billion
or $13 billion from other sources is going to be difficult.
One of the things that I’ve seen in the past 35-40 years is
a major increase in private gifts to UCLA. I think that the work
that’s been done to develop a loyal alumni base, to show the
value of UCLA to our communities and as a great research university
in Southern California, has really increased the value that people
put on UCLA. When I graduated, people thought the state pays for
everything so we don’t need to make a contribution as alums.
Now, we really understand how necessary it is that people give this
kind of support. It makes a huge difference to the education of