Archive for the ‘Budget News 2010-11’ Category

Chancellor’s Statement on the State Budget

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

UCLA Chancellor Gene Block released this statement on June 29 in response to the 2011–12 budget approved by the state Legislature and expected to be signed by the governor: 

 To a large degree, research-driven innovation and an affordable college education have been the foundations of California’s post–World War II vibrancy, driving both economic growth on a large scale and socioeconomic opportunity for countless individuals. As a leading public research university, UCLA has played a major role in the state’s success. 

 The dream of a public higher education system in service to the state has been severely hampered by the 2011–12 state budget expected to be signed in Sacramento. Not only does the spending plan reduce funding to the University of California system by $650 million in the fiscal year starting July 1 — a cut of about 24 percent — but it also leaves open the possibility of additional reductions in January if state tax revenues fall short of projections. This comes on top of reductions over the past two decades that have brought state funding to a level below what was provided in 1998–99, when the UC system had 73,000 fewer students, more than halving per-student funding levels

 While the severe fiscal challenges facing the state are undeniable, this is nothing less than an abrogation of the state’s responsibility to fund public higher education. While helping to solve a short-term budget crisis, it does a disservice to the state’s long-term future by disinvesting in the research and the workforce that California needs to prosper. 

 At UCLA, we continue to take steps to save money, increase efficiency and generate new revenues through a campuswide restructuring effort designed to adjust to new funding realties. While we planned prudently and budgeted conservatively to absorb an anticipated $96 million reduction in state support in 2011–12, the state’s new spending plan may necessitate additional measures. The exact amount of additional reductions in campus funding is not yet known. To generate revenue necessary to ensure the educational experience that students and their families deserve and expect, the UC Office of the President and members of the Board of Regents have said additional tuition increases may be inevitable.

 The severe fiscal challenges facing the state are undeniable; however, further reductions in state support for higher education are unconscionable and unacceptable. I encourage students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of UCLA to continue advocating on behalf of the university. Please visit UC’s advocacy website to make your voice heard.

Arts Library Update

Thursday, June 10th, 2010
Last fall the UCLA Library created an internal study team to examine the service and materials issues associated with shifting the collections, services, and staff of the Arts Library to one of the large libraries. 
 
The internal study team collected statistics on the size and location of collections, circulation figures, gate counts, and use of electronic resources as well as more subjective information about how students and faculty use the facility and its collections and services.  They also summarized community factors, among them how professionals at area museums and in creative industries use the library.
 
I am reviewing the team’s report, and I and my senior management are in the process of discussing it in greater detail.  It is clear that we will need more time to examine this complex, multifaceted subject further and to gather input from constituencies including administrators, faculty, students, and donors.  Thus, the Arts Library will continue to operate in its present location for the immediate future.
 
Let me reiterate that the UCLA Library’s primary objective in undertaking this review and assessment is to provide participants in UCLA’s acclaimed programs in the visual and performing arts with the world-class collections, services, and facilities they need. 
 
Thank you for your patience as this process continues.

Chemistry Library to Close on June 30

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Last fall the UCLA Library created an internal study team to examine the service and materials issues associated with shifting the collections, services, and staff of the Science and Engineering Library (SEL)/Chemistry to the larger libraries.  This message is to update you on the status of that study.

 The internal study team collected statistics on the size and location of collections, circulation figures, gate counts, and use of electronic resources as well as more subjective information on how students and faculty use the facility. The data confirmed anecdotal observations that usage of this facility has declined substantially as collections in the life and physical sciences have shifted from print to electronic format and students’ study patterns have changed. 

 I received the team’s report earlier this year, and I and my senior management team have since discussed it in detail.  It supports the following decisions.

 SEL/Chemistry: Non-duplicated print titles not available electronically will be shifted to either the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library or SEL/Engineering and Mathematical Sciences.  Lower-use titles will be stored in the Southern Regional Library Facility, from which users can page them as needed.  The SEL/Chemistry facility will close to the public on June 30, 2010.

 SEL/Geology-Geophysics:  This facility will remain open in its current location and will continue to serve faculty and students.  An analysis of its collection has been completed, which has revealed that there are significant portions that have not been digitized and are unavailable for research use in a format other than print.  The facility also houses an extensive collection of maps that are currently only available in print format and that are frequently used by students, faculty, and staff in disciplines including anthropology, archaeology, and history.  In addition, the space was renovated in 2003 to accommodate expanded services to students and faculty and is an integral part of the Library’s service portfolio.

 SEL/Engineering and Mathematical Sciences:  A new research commons has opened in what was formerly staff offices.  In this flexible, technology-enabled space, students and faculty can utilize library resources, conduct research, and collaborate with one another.  The space contains seating for seventy and features the following:

  • E-lounge: designed to support collaborative research and learning, with comfortable seating around a large plasma screen, which can be controlled from a laptop
  • Showcase station: another option for collaborative research and learning, designed to showcase “hidden” collections and data resources, researchers’ work in progress, and available resources
  • Individual workstations: offer space and equipment for intensive research
  • Laptops: can be checked out at the circulation desk by UCLA students and used in the research commons or elsewhere on campus.
  • Two group study rooms

 Let me reiterate that the UCLA Library’s primary objective is to continue to provide the faculty, students, and staff in UCLA’s acclaimed programs in the life and physical sciences with the collections, services, and facilities they need.

Budget News From Steve Olsen

Monday, May 17th, 2010

On Friday, the Governor released the May Revision, which serves as the update to his January budget proposal. The May Revision includes updated revenue figures based on the most recent data on tax collections and the latest economic projections from the Department of Finance. It also includes the Governor’s most recent proposals to balance the budget. Traditionally, the May Revision signals the beginning of serious budget negotiations between the Governor and the Legislature. There can be no firm prediction of how long it will take elected officials to fashion the final budget. However, given the severity of the state’s fiscal problems and the controversies surrounding many of the Governor’s proposals, the negotiations are likely to be protracted.

 The magnitude of the fiscal challenges facing the state is remarkably unchanged from the January budget. By the Department of Finance’s calculations, the General Fund faces a combined potential shortfall of $18 billion in 2009-10 and 2010-11. On an annual basis, General Fund spending before any proposed cuts would be about $100 billion.

 Steve Olsen, Vice Chancellor for Finance, Budget, and Capital Programs, earlier shared the recent news reports about a large revenue shortfall in April. The Department of Finance now estimates that General Fund revenues in 2009-10 will fall about $1.5 billion short of the January forecast. However, the Governor has proposed revenues in 2010-11 that are $2.1 billion higher than the January estimate. Other areas of the budget have increased the fiscal challenge. Most notably, the Governor is estimating that new federal funding will fall considerably short of the $7 billion estimated in January. As a result of these and other factors, the Governor has proposed additional program eliminations and reductions, principally from health and human services programs.

 The May Revision continues and modestly strengthens the Governor’s January funding commitments to higher education. Specifically, the May Revision:

  •  Retains the proposed restoration of $305 million from the one-time cuts in 2009-10.
  • Retains the proposed $51 million in new enrollment funding, and eliminates the previously proposed tie to federal funding.
  • Restores funding for the Cal Grant Competitive Grants program, which had been proposed for elimination in January.
  • As in January, there is no funding for contributions to the UC Retirement System.

 Clearly, the May Revision is good news for the University of California, or at least the absence of further bad news. While the Governor’s support is vital, these additional funds must be approved by the Legislature. While legislators have been supportive of the University’s advocacy message, any new funding for higher education would effectively come at the expense of cuts to other areas of state government. It is notable that the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Darryl Steinberg, stated on Friday that he would not support additional funding for higher education. While the UC advocacy effort will continue, UCLA’s budget planning for 2010-11 will continue to be based on the assumption that the state will not provide any new resources in 2010-11.  As a result, UCLA will experience a permanent reduction in state funding of $117 million in 2010-11. While increased student fee will offset a portion of this loss, all UCLA operating units should plan, as was communicated in February, that this year’s 5% General Fund reduction will continue and become permanent in 2010-11, and that no new funds will be available to cover retirement costs, benefit increases, or rebalancing costs. The one-time cuts associated with the furlough/salary reduction program will expire, as previously planned.

 Campus leadership will continue to communicate with campus leadership, faculty, students, and the broader community about the further development of UCLA’s budget strategy for the upcoming year. If you are interested in more information about the state budget, please refer to the following links.

 Link to May Revision:

http://www.ebudget.ca.gov/Revised/BudgetSummary/BSS/BSS.html

  Statement by VP Patrick Lenz:

http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/article/23400