a current student here
UCSD offers an excellent education for the price, but is hiking student fees to pay for higher ranking sports programs. Since the mandate is to educate the youth of California for a reasonable price, I find this pursuit of prestige at the cost of their student body distasteful. UCSD literally spent millions researching the pros for this program, and less than $50,000 researching the negative impacts on its financially disadvantaged students. Of course, they claimed that students would not be negatively impacted, and that financial aid would remain the same, but a close look shows that more financial aid will now be funneled to athletes who perform excellent athletics,and less will go to needy students who do a good job with their academics. In addition, despite all assurances to the contrary, the UC Regents recently voted for a 32% fee increasein the near future (aprox. 2-3 yrs.) I personally know two students who are going to be priced out of the college by this decision, students who have a right, by mandate, not to be priced out in favor of a athletes who can promote a flashy football team.