Friday, January 30, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

State budget gives lift to UCD, students

By
From page A1 | June 16, 2013 |

The budget approved by the Legislature this weekend brings future tuition relief to students and puts UC Davis in position to get its finances back into the black.

It includes tuition discounts for students from families earning $80,000 to $150,000 a year.

The campus, meanwhile, estimates it will receive a $39.3 million increase in general funds — a vast improvement from having its funding slashed by 40 percent from 2007-08 to 2012-13.

Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, said Saturday that while “it isn’t perfect,” the $96.3 billion budget package represents a “glimmer of what it might be like” when the state’s economy is healthy. Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign the budget.

“Every single year in January, we had the terrible, terrible prospect of dramatically reducing services and seeing tuition be raised. That hung over the entire process,” Wolk said.

“There’s been a real turnaround. One of my colleagues said, ‘California is back.’ There’s a ways to go, but it’s light-years different than the last 10 years. It’s all thanks to the people of California (for voting to approve tax increases).”

Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, called the budget “responsible, reasonable and restrained.”

It “honors voter intent to reinvest in students of all ages,” she said. “After years of draconian cuts and dramatic fee hikes, a partial restoration of higher education funding for the UCs and (California State University) provides a welcome breath of fresh air.”

The approved “middle-class scholarship” plan will start with the 2014 school year.

It builds on the existing Blue and Gold Plan, under which UC covers tuition and fees for students whose families with annual incomes of up to $80,000. This spring, UCD also announced a new Aggie Grant Plan to cover at least 25 percent of tuition and fees (about $3,000 annually) to students with family incomes between $80,000 and $120,000.

The approved budget brings a $125 million buyout of tuition increases for 2013-14 and a $125 million, or 5-percent, increase in base funding to the UC system. It directs $10 million toward online education, $15 million to the UC Riverside Medical Center.

The budget also:

* allows UC to restructure its debt, saving the system an estimated $80 million per year;

* gives UC more flexibility to pursue capital projects, if they receive Department of Finance and Joint Legislative Budget Committee approval.

The Davis campus looks to end next year with an $8.3 million structural deficit — two fiscal years after being a record $125 million in the hole.

UCD has closed that gap, in part, through widespread cuts, consolidating support functions like human resources and information technology, eliminating faculty positions through attrition and an energy efficiency program.

Along with the increase in state dollars, the campus budget has received an $18.2 million boost from enrollment growth and by increasing the percentage of higher-paying international and out-of-state students.

“Compared to how it has been? This is fully manageable,” said Kelly Ratliff, UCD’s associate vice chancellor for budget resource management, on Friday.

UCD might have erased its shortfall altogether, but the university has announced that non-union staff and faculty will receive a raise effective July 1. Academic appointees will receive a 2 percent boost and staff an average of 3 percent.

In a letter on June 7, Chancellor Linda Katehi said that was important because state cuts have “proven particularly burdensome” on non-represented employees, who had received one raise in the past five years.

The raises are also intended to partially offset increased retirement and benefit costs, she wrote.

Top management, like the chancellor and vice chancellors, coaches on multi-year contracts and union-represented employees are among those not included. A number of union contracts are under negotiation.

UCD’s budget, which is nearing completion, calls for the provost’s office to put $12.3 million into salary increases, $5.3 million for faculty merit pay and $2 million to help cover instructional needs of a growing number of students.

Under UCD’s new “incentive-based” budgeting, colleges and professional schools are allocated funds based on student credit hours, majors and degrees awarded.

Colleges, schools and other units will foot the $11.4 million bill for the increased costs of employee benefits.

“The university’s costs related to salary and benefits have exceeded the amount of new funding from the state, so other things have to happen,” Ratliff said. “So part of what’s happening is some enrollment growth and different types of students. Some of what’s happening is (that) while you’re adding money, you’re asking (units) to absorb an expense.

“We’re still way, way better off than we were.”

The plan also calls for the provost’s office to spend $10 million on a handful of student-oriented initiatives, including more money for graduate student fellowships, student advising, services for international students, improving classrooms, student employment and online education.

The campus’ annual base budget of tuition and state general funds totals more than $750 million.

UCD’s future budgetary priorities will include building back up its $6.8 million reserve and bracing for planned growth of 5,000 students and 300 faculty by 2020.

The governor has promised three more years of funding increases for UC: 5 percent in 2014-15 and 4 percent in each of the two subsequent years.

— Online: http://budget.ucdavis.edu

Comments

comments

Cory Golden

Cory Golden

The Enterprise's higher-education and congressional reporter. http://about.me/cory_golden
  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    Town hall focuses on Coordinated Care Initiative

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1

     
    Schools give parents tools to help kids thrive

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Suspected Ebola patient being treated at UCD Med Center

    By San Francisco Chronicle | From Page: A1

    Need a new best friend?

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2 | Gallery

     
    Stanford University to get $50 million to produce vaccines

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    Two more cases of measles in Northern California in children

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Dartmouth bans hard liquor

    By New York Times News Service | From Page: A2

     
    Walkers head out three times weekly

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3Comments are off for this post

    Free tax preparation service begins Monday

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

     
    Vote for your favorites in Readers’ Choice poll

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    No bare bottoms, thanks to CommuniCare’s Diaper Drive

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    Storyteller relies on nature as his subject on Saturday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Still time to purchase tickets for DHS Cabaret

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    All voices welcome at sing-along Wednesday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Great Chefs Program will feature Mulvaney

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

     
    February science fun set at Explorit

    By Lisa Justice | From Page: A6 | Gallery

     
    Take a photo tour of Cuba at Flyway Nights talk

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6 | Gallery

    See wigeons, curlews and meadowlarks at city wetlands

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8 | Gallery

     
    .

    Forum

    Time for bed … with Grandma

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A10

     
    A ‘new deal’ for the WPA building

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10

    Protect root zone to save trees

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

     
    Weigh quality of life, density

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

    Olive expert joins St. James event

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

     
    We’re grateful for bingo proceeds

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

    .

    Sports

    UCD has another tough football schedule in 2015

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

     
    Gould’s influence felt mightily in recent Super Bowls

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

    Mustangs hold off UCD women

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    UCD men set new school D-I era win record

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Sharks double up Ducks

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

     
    Sports briefs: Watney, Woods start slow at TPC Scottsdale

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

    Recall that first Aggie TV game, national title?

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B8 | Gallery

     
    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    ‘Artist’s Connection’ launches on DCTV

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11

     
    ‘Song of the Sea’ is an enchanting fable

    By Derrick Bang | From Page: A11 | Gallery

     
    Gross’ paintings highlight a slice of Northern California

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A12 | Gallery

    February show at YoloArts’ Gallery 625 is ‘Food for Thought’

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A12 | Gallery

     
    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Friday, January 30, 2015

    By Creator | From Page: A9