More state funding for UC
in Governor's budget proposal
January 2001 | Gov. Gray Davis is proposing a budget that increases
state support for UC by 6.3 percent and would fund enrollment increases,
reduce student fees, boost employee salaries and continue funding initiatives
benefiting the state and its economy.
The budget provides
the second phase of funding for the California Institutes for Science
and Innovation and for a UC initiative to strengthen undergraduate education.
It also expands graduate program support, provides new state support for
summer instruction and funds an expansion of student retention services.
"This is a budget
that will allow the University of California to continue admitting all
qualified students and providing them an education of the highest quality,
while also focusing on the economic and social needs of California,"
said UC President Richard Atkinson.
Specifically, the Berkeley
campus stands to receive initial funding for creation of the Center for
Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society, as well as
continued funding for its joint QB3 project with UC San Francisco and
UC Santa Cruz.
items in Davis' proposed budget are $13.741 million for LeConte seismic
corrections and $2.157 million for working drawings related to the Stanley
Hall project. Additionally, the UC Public Policy and International Affairs
Summer Institute was designated to receive $200,000 in state funding.
Under the governor's
plan, UC's state-funded operating budget would rise 6.3 percent in 2001-02
to $3.4 billion. Highlights of the budget include:
- Funding for an
additional 5,700 students in 2001-02, including 1,000 additional students
in engineering and computer science and 500 in education credential
programs to help meet California's workforce needs. Overall, the budget
boosts graduate enrollments by 1,000 students.
- No increase in
mandatory systemwide student fees. These fees would remain at $3,429
for resident undergraduates and $3,609 for resident graduate academic
students, excluding miscellaneous campus-based fees.
- State support for
summer instruction, to be phased in first at Berkeley, UCLA and UC Santa
Barbara. UC's plan is to add additional campuses in subsequent years.
Historically, the state has not funded summer instruction at UC; this
new funding will help the university accommodate student enrollment
growth over the next decade.
- Funding for an average
2 percent employee salary increase, along with funding for merit increases
for eligible employees. The budget would provide an additional $10 million
to improve compensation for staff positions where pay levels currently
lag the market. (Actual distribution of salary increases varies by compensation
program and is subject to collective bargaining requirements.)
- An additional 1
percent increase for faculty, to keep their salaries competitive with
those of UC's comparison institutions across the country.
- $75 million as
the second of four installments of funding for the California Institutes
for Science and Innovation.
- Funding to strengthen
the undergraduate educational experience by reducing class sizes, offering
additional lower-division seminars, providing more undergraduate research
opportunities and offering more academic advising. The budget adds $8
million to the $6 million provided in 2000-01 for this purpose.
- A $1.5 million
increase for graduate and professional school outreach programs that
encourage undergraduates to continue their studies, and a $1.1 million
increase for an electronic information system (www.assist.org)
aimed at transfer students.
- A $203 million
bond-funded capital budget for facilities projects at UC, and $160 million
in general funds for construction of the first buildings and infrastructure
at UC Merced.
- More state budget
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