An important message from President Napolitano about Gov. Brown's revised budget proposal and State funding for UC

May 14, 2015

University of California President Janet Napolitano issued the following message to the UC community on Thursday, May 14. For more information about the funding framework, go to budget.universityofcalifornia.edu

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

I am very pleased to share with you the good news that the University has reached an agreement with Governor Brown to increase State support for UC. The agreement is part of the Governor’s revised State budget proposal known as the “May Revise.” It provides UC with significant new revenue and stable funding that allows us to hold resident tuition at its current level for the next two years, with predictable tuition increases pegged generally to the rate of inflation beginning in 2017–18.

In exchange for State funding provided for the University’s pension plan, UC would implement certain retirement benefit changes for future UC employees. These changes would be subject to consultation with UC Regents, faculty, staff, union leaders and other stakeholders. In addition, nonresident supplemental tuition and professional degree supplemental tuition would generally be increased in accord with the November budget resolution adopted by The Regents.

The Governor and I also agreed to expand a series of programmatic innovations already underway or under development on UC campuses to help campuses improve student success and use resources as efficiently as possible.

With this agreement, the Governor has recognized the need to reinvest in UC as well as the imperative to provide students, their families, and the University with a reliable way to budget for the cost of a UC education.

It is critical to note, though, that while this agreement provides the University fiscal stability and much-needed revenue, it does not fund California student enrollment growth — so our work is not done. The Governor’s budget proposal now moves to the Legislature for consideration, and we will continue our discussions with legislators about ways to secure additional permanent funding to enroll more California students.

Below is a summary of the agreement, which I will be discussing with the full UC Board of Regents at their meeting next week.

I want to thank the thousands of UC students, faculty, staff, alumni and others who have joined our efforts in advocating for increased State funding for UC. Your voices have been instrumental in helping to bring about this historic agreement, and I sincerely appreciate your partnership. Please keep up your advocacy — we are not at the finish line!

We will keep you informed of the results of our upcoming discussions with the Legislature as we move toward a final State budget, which is expected next month.

Yours very truly,

Janet Napolitano

President