The trustees of Cal State just approved a 20% tuition increase, fast on the heels of a 10% increase in May. The tuition not stands at $4,026 a year – not including books, room, board, etc. This is a modest sum compared to what folks at Universities like my own pay. But then again, the students at Cal State could only dream of being as rich as most of my students – and their being at Cal State is an attempt to make that dream a reality. Faculty were told that they would have to take 2-day furloughs each month. If they don’t, they were threatened with massive layoffs. Those threats included eliminating 15% of courses (some 22,000 of them!). Even with the furloughs firings are expected, and many adjuncts have lost their positions. Similar furloughs are expected across the UC system, along with tuition increases above the 9.3% passed in May.