The University of California Board of Regents today (Nov. 20) adopted a budget plan for the 1999-2000 fiscal year that aims to accommodate enrollment growth of 4,000 students, expand the university's investment in technology, maintain competitive salaries and sustain the high quality of UC's academic programs.
The Regents, meeting on the UCLA campus, also adopted a $210 million capital budget for 1999-2000. This funding will be provided by Proposition 1A, the education facilities bond measure approved by California voters on Nov. 3.
The capital budget provides funds for 22 facilities projects for 1999-2000, including: Construction of new natural sciences buildings at the Irvine and San Diego; A new physical sciences building at the Santa Cruz campus; A health sciences laboratory building at UCLA to replace facilities damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake; A new entomology facility at the Riverside campus; And, improvements in the chilled water air-condition system at the Davis campus.
Funds also will be provided for planning and design of other projects on UC campuses, including a new engineering-science building on the Santa Barbara campus and seismic safety improvements to LeConte Hall on the Berkeley campus. Of the 22 budgeted facilities projects, 10 address seismic and life-safety needs.
The operating budget plan adopted by the Regents requests a $144 million, or 5.7 percent, increase in UC's state-funded budget over 1998-99. The state-funded budget for UC would total $2.7 billion under the plan.
Final university spending decisions for 1999-2000 will not be made until the governor and Legislature complete the annual state budget process.
"This budget details the funding required for the university to meet its commitments to the people of California," said UC President Richard C. Atkinson. "The budget reflects what is needed to maintain the quality of our research and instructional programs, to offer a space to all eligible California high school graduates, and to provide the classes that students need to graduate in a timely fashion."
Mandatory systemwide student fees for resident undergraduates will remain level under the budget plan, consistent with legislation approved last year.
The Regents will be asked in January to reduce mandatory systemwide fees for resident academic graduate students by 5 percent in fall 1999 if the governor's 1999-2000 state budget proposal provides $3.5 million, consistent with legislation adopted earlier this fall, to offset the revenue loss associated with this fee reduction.
It is anticipated that the Regents will be asked in January to approve a 4.5 percent, or $420, increase in nonresident tuition.
The 4,000 additional students planned for in the budget includes 800 additional students in engineering and computer science -- fields that UC has targeted for enrollment growth to address state work force needs. It also includes 200 students in a new UC program that will allow students to earn a teaching credential over two summers of study.
Planning for UC Merced continues under the budget plan -- as does UC's aggressive outreach effort aimed at improving the academic performance and college eligibility of students in California's public schools.
The budget proposal includes funding for adjustments in salary levels and merit increases for eligible faculty and staff as part of an effort to maintain competitive salaries.
The budget also requests continued state funding for deferred maintenance, instructional technology and instructional equipment.
If additional state funds above the base budget become available, UC will seek funding for several new initiatives, including: A multi-year plan to bolster the university's libraries; A major technology project to accelerate campus access to Internet2, the next-generation electronic highway; Partial restoration of funding cut in the early 1990s from the university's Cooperative Extension programs, which provide important services to California farmers; Expansion of the Industry-University Cooperative Research Program, which fosters collaborative research in fields critical to the state's economy; And, development of a center providing researchers and educators with access to environmental data being collected through remote sensing technology.
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