UCLA's controversial plan to end state funding for its management school's main MBA program and instead rely on tuition and donations has been rejected by a powerful faculty committee, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.
A committee of the UC system's faculty senate recently voted to suspend its review of the Anderson School of Management's plan after raising questions about the proposal's budget, its effect on educational quality and affordability for students, according to the Times.
The decision by the Coordinating Committee on Graduate Affairs is expected to present a significant roadblock that will at least delay the proposal. UC officials told the Times it was unclear what the next step would be.
The college's proponents contend ending state subsidies is the best way for the program to thrive amid severe state budget cuts. Critics have called it a move toward privatization, according to the Times.
The same concerns were cited by opponents of a similar proposal at Santa Monica College in the spring. That plan was shelved by the community college's Board of Trustees after extensive debate that followed protests by students, .
The Community Colleges chancellor's office has argued the state's education code does not allow public schools to charge students the full cost of education. Santa Monica's plan would have had students paying $540 for some courses, more than three times the amount California residents currently pay with state tuition.