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UW Regents to discuss budget allocations this week (Mar 2, 2009)

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March 2, 2009

UW Regents to discuss budget allocations this week

MADISON, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents will meet this week to discuss the 2009-11 State Budget and its impact on UW campuses.

At this early stage of the budget process, most of the discussion will be for informational purposes only. However, the Board must take action on general budget allocation guidelines for the 2009-10 fiscal year, approving the methodology for distributing new funds and budget cuts alike across UW System’s 15 institutions. The operating budget for 2009-10, including tuition rates for the academic year, will be approved by the Board later this summer after the State’s biennial budget is passed.

One important component of Governor Doyle’s budget is a bold new investment in financial aid, providing $12 million to the UW System and $24 million to the Higher Education Aids Board (HEAB) for need-based student aid. This initiative, recommended by UW System leaders, would be enough to offset tuition increases for resident undergraduate students with documented need whose families earn up to the State’s median annual income of $60,000.

The budget also funds new university research projects and provides increased funding to recruit and retain high-demand faculty and academic staff.

Reflecting the economic challenges facing every state in the nation, the budget also requires UW System institutions to cut up to $174 million in funding over two years, including a $100 million cut from State GPR funding, $49 million from all non-Federal funding (including $20 million GPR), and $25 million from fees paid for residence halls, parking lots and other auxiliary services.

“We do have money flowing into our budget, but all of it is earmarked, previously committed, or restricted for specific purposes such as financial aid and scientific research,” said UW System President Kevin P. Reilly. “Those increases are a good thing. The bottom line, however, is that the $174 million in cuts will invariably hurt the education and service we provide to our 173,000 students, and our ability to help reinvigorate Wisconsin’s economy.”

The impact of these cuts will vary by campus, as illustrated on the attached fact sheet.

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Potential Impact of $174 million in 2009-11 Biennial Budget Cuts

GPR Cut

1% Across-the-Board Cut

Auxiliary Transfer

Total

GPR

Program Rev.

UW-Madison

$37,450,000

$6,718,890

$17,075,628

$2,145,750

$63,390,268

UW-Milwaukee

$13,280,000

$2,428,982

$2,172,728

$1,928,750

$19,810,460

UW-Eau Claire

$4,980,000

$822,872

$739,738

$2,115,750

$8,658,360

UW-Green Bay

$2,400,000

$414,974

$397,708

$629,250

$3,841,932

UW-La Crosse

$4,150,000

$685,686

$797,188

$5,371,500

$11,004,374

UW-Oshkosh

$4,770,000

$806,910

$1,006,270

$1,074,250

$7,657,430

UW-Parkside

$2,280,000

$379,152

$189,832

$501,250

$3,350,234

UW-Platteville

$2,810,000

$491,344

$511,638

$1,363,000

$5,175,982

UW-River Falls

$2,820,000

$470,330

$443,406

$2,006,750

$5,740,486

UW-Stevens Point

$4,140,000

$689,050

$853,254

$2,226,250

$7,908,554

UW-Stout

$3,770,000

$661,274

$847,544

$1,142,250

$6,421,068

UW-Superior

$1,500,000

$249,612

$206,670

$5,250

$1,961,532

UW-Whitewater

$4,270,000

$732,700

$1,054,588

$1,410,000

$7,467,288

UW Colleges

$3,800,000

$643,006

$244,644

$306,750

$4,994,400

UW-Extension

$4,340,000

$711,428

$1,763,334

$1,706,750

$8,521,512

UW System

$3,240,000

$3,543,390

$229,030

$1,066,500

$8,078,920

Subtotal:

$20,449,600

$28,533,200**

 

TOTAL:

$100,000,000

$48,982,800

$25,000,000

$173,982,800

** Largest sources of $28.5 million cut to Program Revenue:  Auxiliary Enterprises ($10.7 million); Gifts, Donations, and Trust Income ($10.7 million), Departmental Revenues and Other Receipts from Self-Supporting Operations ($7.1 million).