More state funding for UC in Governor's budget proposal

17 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.

Other Berkeley-specific 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 ( 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 news:
Proposed 2000-01 package would improve state's earthquake monitoring
Davis offers $33 million for CITRIS





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