|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, Oct. 14, 1999
Brad Hayward (510) 987-9195
UC BUDGET PLAN SEEKS FUNDING FOR MORE STUDENTS, CONTINUED QUALITY PROGRAMS
The University of California would provide access for 6,000 additional students,
strengthen undergraduate programs, and continue investing in quality instruction and
research under UC President Richard C. Atkinson's 2000-01 budget proposal.
The plan, presented to the Board of Regents in San Francisco today (Oct. 14), also
proposes salary increases for faculty and staff along with increased funding for core
needs such as building maintenance and instructional equipment. The budget also lays out a
funding plan for the initial development of UC Merced, the university's first campus in
the San Joaquin Valley.
"This is a budget that invests in access and quality," Atkinson said. "The
university is committed to educating increasing numbers of students and serving the
economic and social needs of the state, while preserving excellence in our instructional
and research programs. This budget is a road map to those goals."
Regents will vote on the budget proposal at their November meeting.
The 2000-01 budget plan proposes a 6.7 percent, $182 million increase in UC's state-funded
budget, which would total $2.9 billion. When UC general funds and student fee income are
included, the university's basic budget increase would be 7 percent, or $253 million.
The budget requests funding for enrollment growth of 4 percent, or 6,000 students in
2000-01. UC is planning for enrollment growth of at least 5,000 students per year through
2010 as the students of "Tidal Wave II" reach college age and seek admission to
the university. UC is placing a high priority on expanding enrollments in engineering,
computer science and teacher credentialing programs to better serve the state's workforce
needs in these areas.
UC's budget proposal also seeks $6 million in new funding as the first step in a
multi-year plan to strengthen the quality of undergraduate education. Campuses could use
the funding to reduce class sizes, offer additional lower-division seminars, provide more
undergraduate research opportunities, and offer more academic advising, among other
things. UC's goal is eventually to devote $50 million annually to this effort, which is
the amount needed to restore the student-faculty ratio to its historic level of 17.6 to
one, from its current level of 18.7 to one.
The budget includes funding for salary adjustments, including merit
increases, for faculty and staff as part of a continuing effort to maintain competitive
It also invests in UC's physical plant and educational materials by
increasing funding for building maintenance, instructional technology,
instructional equipment and library materials -- areas where the university has suffered
from permanent budget shortfalls in recent years.
The budget plan assumes that funding equivalent to a 4.5 percent increase in mandatory
systemwide student fees will be available, and that one-third of the increase will be
devoted to financial aid. Mandatory systemwide student fees would not be increased,
however, if the state provided equivalent funding. The Legislature and governor have
provided that funding in each of the last five years, and in the last two years have
provided the funding necessary to reduce fees 10 percent for resident undergraduates and 5
percent for resident graduate academic students.
Nonresident tuition would rise 4.5 percent, or $440, consistent with state policy tying
nonresident charges to those at comparable universities and to the cost of instruction at
The university is continuing to seek a new partnership agreement between the university
and the state. Under such an agreement, similar to the successful compact of
the last few years, the state would provide UC with predictable funding growth over a
multi-year period, and the university would commit to accountability on specific
Beyond its basic 2000-01 budget, the university is requesting funding for several research
and public service initiatives if state resources are available. These initiatives
-- A $6 million augmentation for UC's outreach and K-14 academic
improvement programs. This new funding would be focused on increasing community college
transfers to UC, encouraging more students from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds to
enroll in graduate and professional school, providing professional development to
middle-school and high-school algebra teachers, and expanding research into the challenges
of access to higher education.
-- Development of an off-campus center in the Santa Clara Valley.
Off-campus centers are one of UC's strategies for accommodating
undergraduate enrollment growth in the coming decade. This center also would be used to
provide academic outreach, graduate and professional programs for working adults, and
collaborative research with local industry.
-- Several research initiatives in areas of high priority for the state,
including engineering and computer science, environmental science, and collaborative
research with Mexican scholars on issues of mutual importance to California and Mexico.
-- Initiatives to expand the California Digital Library, which provides
electronic access to UC's scholarly resources; expand Cooperative Extension programs,
which provide important services to California agriculture; and enhance the access of UC
faculty and students to Internet2, the next-generation, high-speed electronic highway.
A separate capital improvements budget, also presented to Regents today, includes $213
million in UC facilities projects to be funded in 2000-01 from the proceeds of
voter-approved Proposition 1A. These projects will expand and upgrade academic buildings
for enrollment growth, renew outdated infrastructure, and make seismic improvements.
The capital budget also contains a preliminary five-year funding plan for the first
buildings to be constructed at UC Merced. In 2000-01, the budget would provide $14.3
million for initial site development and infrastructure, along with preliminary planning
of the first two academic buildings -- the Science and Engineering Building and the
Library/Information Technology Center. The campus is slated to open in 2005.
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