Universities: A Squabble over Semantics

Facing up to the question of how to finance expansion and maintain quality, the hard-pressed regents of the University of California last week rejected Governor Ronald Reagan's plan to levy a tuition charge a year from now, then turned around to endorse an unspecified increase in student fees. As a result, both Reagan and his opponents among the regents could claim a moral victory—but it was also clear that tuition at the state university is still an extremely touchy issue in politically volatile California.

At a heated meeting in Los Angeles, Reagan initially proposed to charge an annual $250 tuition...

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