Like the Department of Corrections, the Higher Education community was left relatively untouched by the massive budget cuts implemented through the Executive budget. Higher Education lost 19 positions overall. The Administration made a commitment early in the Session that Higher Education would not sustain the type of cuts it had in the past. Moreover, the Governor felt that instituting any cuts would undo the advancement made over the last four years. The FY01 total budget for Higher Education is approximately $48 million over the FY00 existing operating budget, which represents a $23 million increase in State General Fund. The FY01 Total Means of Financing is $1.7 billion. The following items are some of the significant FY01 changes from the current year budget:
The following chart shows the distribution of the Library, Scientific and Instructional Equipment funds, (a Capital Outlay appropriation of $15 million) and Operational Funding ie. Formula Enhancement (a General Operating Budget Appropriation of $11.9 million). The distributions are "preliminary" distributions, which are subject to the approval by the Board of Regents at their August meeting. The Board of Regents is directing the schools to use the allocation in preparing their operating budgets.
In reviewing the distribution, the following points should be kept in mind:
Throughout the 2000 Sessions, concerns over the distribution of funds for Technical Colleges were of primary interest for many legislators. Since the close of the 2nd Extraordinary Session, many Senators have inquired about the direct impact on or any change in funding for Technical Colleges in their districts. The following chart indicates such impact by showing the funding level which each campus received in FY 2000 (Column 3) and what each campus will receive for FY 2001 based on preliminary funding estimates (Column 5).
Column 4 is the allocation that each campus would receive if full implementation of the formula were instituted in FY01. Instead, the Board will implement the formula over a four-year period of time; and therefore, only one-fourth will be implemented for FY01. As can be seen by the chart, no school will receive a reduction in excess of approximately $100,000. Again, Column 5 is the funding level each campus will receive based on preliminary estimates. All funding proposals must receive final approval from the Board of Supervisors of Community and Technical Colleges.
It should be noted that the estimates are preliminary. In fact, the numbers are likely to change for the better due to an additional pool of money received from the Board of Regents enhanced funding pool and additional revenue to be received when the technical college campuses may increase tuition for the winter sessions.
Act 4 (House Bill 10) of the 2000 2nd Extraordinary Session authorized each higher education management board to increase tuition at any college and/or university to a maximum of $250 at a college and/or university and a maximum of $100 at technical colleges. Moreover, legislation was passed during the 1st Extraordinary Session of 2000 to allow LSU-Baton Rouge to implement a $250 "Excellence Fee" to begin in the Fall of 2000.
To date, the following systems have authorized tuition increases at their respective institutions it should be noted that authorization by a system to increase tuition does not necessarily indicate that each university and/or college under the system will raise tuition. Each university and/or college makes that decision independently once they have received authorization.
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