University of California, San Diego

August 21, 1997 ALL AT UCSD
SUBJECT: 1997/98 State Budget
For your information, the following is the official news release from the Office of the President - University Relations, regarding the 1997/98 State Budget.
If you have any questions concerning this notice, please call me at 534-6590. Margaret F. Pryatel
Assistant Vice Chancellor
Monday, August 18, 1997
Mike Lassiter
Director, News and Communications
Office of the President
News Office (510) 987-9200
STATE BUDGET MAINTAINS ACCESS AND FREEZES GENERAL STUDENT FEES The governor signed into law today (Aug. 18) a 1997-98 state budget that continues to provide University of California students with access to a quality education and freezes general students fees for the third consecutive year. It also provides state funding to make progress on restoring faculty salaries to competitive levels, to expand outreach programs to further student diversity and to continue cooperative research with industry as a means of fueling the state's economic growth.
The budget assures for the near term the university's ability to maintain the excellence of its programs, to continue to offer a place at a UC campus to all eligible California residents seeking admission and to provide the classes that students need to graduate in a timely fashion. The budget includes funding for a 1 percent growth in enrollment, or 1,500 additional students. It also recognizes the increasing importance of instructional technology by building upon the approximately $55 million the university already spends annually on instructional technology.
"This budget is a victory for our students and their families.  We are 
pleased the governor and Legislature made higher education a top budget 
priority," said UC President Richard C. Atkinson.
"The state's commitment to an affordable, accessible and high-quality 
university education is vital to California's continued economic 
well-being," Atkinson added.
The budget fulfills the third year of the governor's four-year compact with higher education to bring fiscal stability and predictability to UC and the California State University. However, as part of the state's effort to balance its budget, UC must absorb a one-time $12 million undesignated cut in its state operating funds.
Atkinson said he will present a plan for absorbing the cut to the UC Board of Regents in September. Restoring the funding, he said, will be a top priority in developing the university's 1998-99 budget plan.
Even with the one-time cut, the state budget provides UC with a 5.9 percent, or $121.5 million increase in state general funds over last year. The total state general fund budget for the university will be $2.18 billion.
Under the budget, mandatory student fees for California residents this fall will remain at $3,799 a year for the third consecutive year. The amount does not include miscellaneous campus fees, which bring the total average fee for resident undergraduate students to $4,166 a year. Fee increases in out-of -state tuition and in selected professional programs will be implemented as previously approved.
The budget also calls for:
- Funding to bring UC faculty salaries to within 1.6 percent of the average of salaries at eight comparison institutions. This is a high priority of the Regents, who plan to close the faculty salary gap by 1998-99. The budget also provides funds to help staff recoup from the years of no salary increases, making UC staff salary increases comparable to the increases state employees received in previous years.
- An additional $1 million to expand student academic outreach efforts, another priority set by the Regents last fall. The university already makes a substantial investment in outreach programs, which are aimed at increasing the enrollment of high-achieving disadvantaged students. Of the extra money, $250,000 will be devoted to UC outreach efforts in the Central Valley, adding to the $250,000 in state funding earmarked for Central Valley outreach last year.
- Making permanent the $5 million provided in state funding last year for UC's Industry University Cooperative Research Program to speed the transfer of research from the laboratory to the market place. Combined with $3 million in university funding, the matching grant program is expected to generate $10 million from private industry. The program joins UC researchers and students with industrial partners to develop technological innovations that drive the state's economy, attract investment and provide jobs.
- Funding for legislative initiatives, including $5 million to expand academic programs and continue planning for a 10th campus in the Central Valley.
- $2 million as the state's commitment for operation of the California Supercomputer Center in San Diego that is expected to draw $35 million a year in federal support in each of the next five years.
The budget also provides $150 million for capital improvement projects on UC's nine campuses. The funding comes from Proposition 203, the higher education bond approved by voters in March 1996. It also makes available another $21.7 million in state funds to match federal funding for earthquake repairs at the UCLA Center for Health Sciences.
Separate from the budget, the governor and the Legislature have adopted legislation that will make UC eligible for more federal funding to support the clinical training of medical students and medical residents.
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