UCSC braces for more budget cuts


Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal – by David Goll

Faculty and staff at the University of California, Santa Cruz have been warned to expect more budget cuts next year.

David Kliger, campus provost and executive vice chancellor, said in a memo that UCSC’s proposed 2010-11 budget anticipates another $8 million, or 4.5 percent, cut in state support.

That would bring the permanent and one-time reduction in state assistance to the campus since 2008 to more than $50 million.

“While we are hopeful that the governor and legislature may restore some or all of last year’s one-time cut of $305 million to UC, the state faces an estimated deficit of $20 billion,” Kliger said in his memo. “That obliges us to plan for the possibility of further reductions in state support next year. Anticipated increases in mandatory costs and revenue from fee increases are also reflected in this budget plan.”

He also said additional jobs at UCSC may have to be cut if the yet-to-be adopted 2010-11 state budget contains the anticipated level of funding reductions to the UC system.

Kliger did outline the following budget priorities:

* A commitment to protecting, to the extent possible, academic and research programs already recognized for their excellence and impact, as well as those with the potential to achieve these distinctions.

* Larger proportional reductions in funding for institutional support, except where reductions would threaten the university’s ability to meet basic safety, infrastructure and legal mandates.

* Protection of resources necessary to generate additional private and extramural funds, especially in a period of declining public support.

“These budget cuts will be difficult for a campus striving to maintain progress in the wake of more than $50 million in permanent and one-time budget cuts since 2008,” he said in the memo. “We all know that student fees have risen while academic offerings and support services have been reduced. We also know that another round of cuts this year means the likely loss of additional jobs.”

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