05/23/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

UC Panel Outlines Drastic Reforms

The University of California Commission on the Future met today to discuss a host of major changes to the school system, including substantial student fee hikes and three-year bachelor's degree option.

According to the Daily Californian:

Recommendations from the group include the implementation of online courses in order to increase student access to courses, decrease the time necessary to acquire a degree and reduce the costs of education to both students and the state. The report recommends "the pursuit of the pilot project being coordinated by the Office of the President which ... will develop and deliver up to 40 online undergraduate courses, evaluating their quality, learning effectiveness, workload impacts (and) costs."

The panel also proposed an initiative to enroll more out-of-state students, who pay significantly more than in-state students in tuition and fees.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the proposed changes will not be implemented anytime soon:

The regents and the UC Faculty Senate will consider the proposals this summer and beyond, officials said. And state legislative approval may be needed in some instances too.

For the recommendations in full, click here.