UC Office of the President Proposes Cutbacks in Light of Revised Budget

Podcast »


Daily Cal Podcast Player

Budget Cuts

Nick Myers speaks with Anjuli Sastry about the UC Office of the President's budget cuts that were recently talked about at the last regents' meeting.


Related Articles »





  • Printer Friendly Printer Friendly
  • Comments Comments (0)

In an effort to reduce the impact of the UC system's expected $900 million budget shortfall for 2011-12, the UC Office of the President will reduce its annual operating costs by $50 million, returning control over certain programs to campuses as part of the plan.

The budget outline, which was presented at the UC Board of Regents meeting two weeks ago, will go into effect July 1 if approved at the Regents meeting in May. The proposal cuts $6.5 million in general administration, $3 million in central services and programs and approximately $40 million from mostly academic systemwide programs and initiatives such as research.

"These initiatives are designed to lower the $500 million (state) cut to something below $420 million, so each campus will have less to cut as a result of UCOP's action," said UC spokesperson Ricardo Vazquez in an email.

The UCOP initiative comes in light of Gov. Jerry Brown's announcement the same day that he had halted negotiations with state Republicans in the legislature over tax extensions that would have generated $14 billion in revenue for the UC system.

In particular, UCOP will attempt to cut its travel costs, equipment purchases and consulting and technology costs, according to a statement from the office released Tuesday.

The cuts also aim to eliminate overlapping functions between the UCOP and system campuses, returning financial and administrative decisions to a local level, Vazquez said. Additionally, the cuts get rid of redundant administrative oversight on campuses, giving chancellors more leeway to make decisions on how and where money is spent.

"All of the campuses in the system have been informed by UCOP and will take a cut on the order of size that will help mitigate cuts to campuses," said Paul Desruisseaux, vice chancellor for public affairs at UC Santa Barbara. "This is a big hit with or without extensions of taxes on the governor's part and is a big issue for campuses and UCOP to grapple with."

Starting in the 2007-08 fiscal year, UCOP has cut approximately $55 million from its annual budget and has also reduced general staff by about 30 percent.

Based on campus input, UCOP will continue to provide services such as payroll, treasury and a digital library. A small portion of revenue generated by system campuses will go to UCOP to pay for these services.

Additional decisions including campus-specific cuts and the centralized services that deal with the overall budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year will be presented by UC President Mark Yudof at the UC Regents meeting in May, Vazquez said.

Tags: UC SANTA BARBARA, UC BOARD OF REGENTS, BUDGET CUTS, JERRY BROWN, UC OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT, MARK YUDOF, UC BERKELEY


Contact Anjuli Sastry at [email protected]



Comments (0) »

Comment Policy
The Daily Cal encourages readers to voice their opinions respectfully in regards to both the readers and writers of The Daily Californian. Comments are not pre-moderated, but may be removed if deemed to be in violation of this policy. Comments should remain on topic, concerning the article or blog post to which they are connected. Brevity is encouraged. Posting under a pseudonym is discouraged, but permitted. Click here to read the full comment policy.
White space
Left Arrow
Higher Education
Image Student regent resigns after sex crime allegations
Jesse Cheng officially announced his resignation from his positio...Read More»
Higher Education
Image UC spared additional cuts in budget revision
While the University of California escaped further funding reductions M...Read More»
Higher Education
Image UC Board of Regents wary of unreliable state funds
SAN FRANCISCO - Following the release of Gov. Jerry Brown's revis...Read More»
Higher Education
Image UC Student Regent Jesse Cheng announces his resign...
Former UC Student Regent Jesse Cheng announced in an open le...Read More»
Higher Education
Image Reform caucus sweeps executive positions in electi...
A little more than five months after a contentious contract rat...Read More»
Right Arrow




Job Postings

White Space