Brown wants big changes at UC, Cal State

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SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown says he wants more teaching, less research and more online courses at state universities  to save money and increase offerings.

He also says more students should be accepted from California’s community colleges.

The universities must “reconfigure themselves so that they are more effective and they’re able to do excellent work, but do it in a way that will not keep the costs escalating,” said the governor, who attended UC Berkeley.

It is unclear whether the schools will go along. The public universities are among the few areas to which Sacramento devotes a great deal of money without much say in how it is spent — particularly in the UC system, whose independence is enshrined in California’s Constitution. Relationships between governors and the two systems can be rocky.