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Future Funding Strategies for the University of California Presented by Peter J. Taylor April 12, 2010. Table of Contents. The Budget Gap Commission on the Future Funding Strategies Workgroup: Develop advocacy campaign for state funding for UC

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Future Funding Strategies for the

University of California

Presented by Peter J. Taylor

April 12, 2010

table of contents
Table of Contents
  • The Budget Gap
  • Commission on the Future
  • Funding Strategies Workgroup:
    • Develop advocacy campaign for state funding for UC
    • Identify, promote, and adopt best practices in admin efficiencies
    • Revise ICR practice & policy for non‐federally funded research
    • Improve ICR rates with federal agencies
    • Develop multi‐year tuition plan
    • Increase nonresident enrollment
    • Advocate for federal Pell PLUS augmentation grants
    • Examine faculty compensation plans
    • Allow for possibility of differential tuition by campus
the university faces an ongoing budget challenge
The University faces an ongoing budget challenge

$1,223.4

Gap Fillers

$1,223.4

Gap Causes

the state budget is not getting any better
The State budget is not getting any better
  • According to the LAO:
  • There is no way CA can avoid reprioritizing its finances
  • Link between state funding and enrollment has been disrupted
  • Fees projected to continue rising
  • Federal funds provided only a one-time budget solution

Billions…

  • Key choices facing Legislature:
    • How much enrollment should be accommodated?
    • How much should higher-education cost?
    • How should the universities reduce operating costs?

…for at least the next five years

reimagining the university
“Reimagining” the University
  • On July 16, 2009, Board of Regents Chairman Russell Gould announced UC Commission on the Future
  • The Commission was charged with developing a new vision for the University within context of UC’s mission and budget, and its commitment to quality, access, and affordability
  • Five workgroups were established:

Funding

Strategies

Education

&

Curriculum

Funding

Strategies

Size & Shape

of UC

Access

&

Affordability

Research

Strategies

workgroup submitted nine recommendations to the commission on march 23

Funding

Strategies

Workgroup Submitted nine recommendations to the Commission on March 23:
  • Develop grassroots advocacy campaign
  • Implement a best practices system
  • Revise ICR practice/policy for non‐federally funded research
  • Improve ICR rates with federal agencies
  • Develop multi‐year tuition planning framework
  • Increase nonresident enrollment
  • Advocate federal Pell PLUS augmentation grants
  • Examine faculty compensation plans
  • Allow possibility of differential tuition by campus
1 develop grassroots advocacy campaign
#1: Develop grassroots advocacy campaign
  • Rationale:
    • Public institutions must have backing of those who pay taxes to support it
    • Activism is strongest at the local level
    • Political leaders can gain from a relationship with UC
  • Challenges:
    • Development of an adequate campaign infrastructure
    • Development of campaign messaging
    • Doing it the UC Way (not just another political campaign)
    • Internal constituencies need to be educated and “buy in” to the campaign
2 implement a best practices system
#2: Implement a best practices system
  • Rationale:
    • Administrative activity pervades any large organization, and especially complex public research universities
    • Our funding model may be misaligned with our efficiency goals
    • A penny saved is a penny earned
  • Challenges:
    • We must follow through this time
    • There is a time and place for campus autonomy
    • Cost-cutting cannot mean quality-cutting
3 revise icr policy for non federally funded research
#3: Revise ICR policy for non‐federally funded research
  • Rationale:
    • Total cost recovery is our principle
    • Core funds subsidize research
    • Significant revenue potential
  • Challenges:
    • State-funded research (it’s less than half that charged to federal)
    • Understanding among the faculty
    • Differing effects on different disciplines
4 improve icr rates with federal agencies
#4: Improve ICR rates with federal agencies
  • Rationale:
    • Total cost recovery is our principle
    • Successful comparators have a dedicated negotiating team
    • Significant revenue potential
  • Challenges:
    • Multiple funding agencies involved (and huge disparities among them)
    • Understanding among the faculty
    • Tendency towards campus autonomy
5 develop multi year tuition planning framework
#5: Develop multi‐year tuition planning framework
  • Rationale:
    • Creates an integrated planning framework
    • Change misleading nomenclature
    • Simultaneously maintain focus on state funding (and exhibit interconnectedness with the state)
    • Utilize market headroom
    • Increase predictability
  • Challenges:
    • Continue to pursue state funding
    • Enrollment and other impacts
    • Complex implementation
    • Avoid guarantee misunderstanding (and continue to address affordability)
    • Avoid Reg Fee misunderstanding
6 increase nonresident enrollment
#6: Increase nonresident enrollment
  • Rationale:
    • Significant revenue generation
    • Positive impact on the state (and undergraduate experience)
    • Market headroom
    • Success at comparator institutions
  • Challenges:
    • Recruiting infrastructure
    • Revenue potential limited by return-to-aid
    • Perception issues
    • Protecting racial diversity
7 advocate federal pell plus augmentation grants
#7: Advocate federal Pell PLUS augmentation grants
  • Rationale:
    • Preservation of quality
    • Graduation rate component
    • Core operations precedent
    • Combat economic stratification
  • Challenges:
    • Identifying available federal funds
    • Feasibility
    • Avoid a program that is too self-serving (aim for true “Race to the Top” type program for all of higher education)
8 examine faculty compensation plans
#8: Examine faculty compensation plans
  • Rationale:
    • Existing precedent
    • Use of non-core funding
    • More extensive use of contract and grant funds
    • Would augment/replace core funds for instruction
  • Challenges:
    • Equity issues among disciplines
    • Cultural shift
    • Faculty resistance
9 allow possibility of differential tuition by campus
#9: Allow possibility of differential tuition by campus
  • Rationale:
    • Increase revenue capacity
    • Existing cost differentiation
    • Precedent in other states
    • Discounts rather than add-ons
  • Challenges:
    • Perception issues
    • Inclination to move to the maximum
    • Integrate with resource allocation efforts
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