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UCLA Gets Approval to Move M.B.A. Program Off of Public Support

The University of California at Los Angeles’s business school has won approval from the system’s president, Mark G. Yudof, to transform its full-time M.B.A. program from state-supported to self-supported by tuition. Critics had called the controversial plan an effort to privatize part of a public university, but the final version was less ambitious than the original proposal. A UCLA news release noted the conditions that Mr. Yudof had placed on the program’s change in status, including that the program continue to offer students financial aid at the same level as similar programs across the system.


In a letter this week to UCLA Chancellor Gene Block, Yudof acknowledged that the proposal has faced much opposition on campus. That criticism led officials to abandon an original plan to privatize the entire Anderson school and instead seek self-supporting status only for its largest full-time degree program.

But Yudof, who is leaving his office in August, wrote that the final plan would help UC financially by freeing up what officials estimate will be $8 million a year in state funds that UCLA can put to other uses. “The university is facing unprecedented challenges due to the withdrawal of state support, and careful deliberation on ways to respond is important for preserving our academic quality going forward,” he wrote.

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