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    Cuts Threaten CA Universities

    LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 23:  Students sit around the Bruin Bear statue during lunchtime on the campus of UCLA on April 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. According to reports, half of recent college graduates with bachelor's degrees are finding themselves underemployed or jobless.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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    Widely respected as one of the country’s premier public-university systems, California’s schools are under siege. “I’d be lying if I said what we offer students hasn’t been changed and that there hasn’t been a degradation of the learning environment,” said Timothy White, chancellor of the University of California, Riverside. At the root of the trouble is California’s continuing budget woes, which may force the state to shutter programs or even entire schools if new tax increases aren’t improved to compensate. Despite rising matriculation numbers, schools are strapped when it comes to the resources they can offer those students. “We’re not cutting into muscle or tissue,” Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom told reporters, “We’re cutting into artery.”

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