According to a UC Berkeley memo posted on the Romenesko blog, Cal’s Graduate School of Journalism is considering charging every student a $5,000 “professional degree fee” starting with those who enter the school in 2011.
Neil Henry, the school’s dean, sent a memo asking students already enrolled at the J-school for “advice and suggestions” about the fee. Henry also plans to convene an all school meeting in the library on Sept. 13, at 12:30 p.m., to discuss it. If the J-school goes forward with the fee, it would still have to be approved by the Regents.

Bay Area Media News


  1. Desperate times of increasing government austerity measures entailing less support for education call for such desperate measures.

    If, after graduation, one wants to work for one of those those paragons of excellence the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and the New York Times (or elsewhere) one should be prepared to give one's right arm or leg to do so.

    As pointed out in the source of this story, the Berkeley School of Journalism is hardly asking as much of its students as other professional schools– where organ sales may well be in play.

  2. That's outrageous. Tuition at UC Berkeley is currently $10,000 a year for in-state residents, and $22,000 a year for out-of-state residents. Add to that another $15,000 a year for rent, food and transportation.

    And the J-School wants to tack on another $5,000 — a 50 percent premium on in-state tuition? That's ludicrous. Cut the six-figure faculty salaries for starters, and then reduce the amount of money spent on overseas student trips.

    UC is pricing out low-and middle-class families from an education.

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