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UA Gains Budget Request Approval, Improves on Key Enterprise Metrics
ABOR approved the UA's fiscal year 2014 budget request at this week's meeting in Flagstaff, Ariz. Also at the meeting, the UA reported improvements in several of its key enterprise metrics as set forth by the regents.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Arizona Board of Regents today approved the University of Arizona's fiscal year 2014 general fund request of $353.1 million, which includes $8 million for further development of the UA College of Medicine-Phoenix and $6.3 million to benefit the UA's statewide Cooperative Extension network.
The proposal is part of the Arizona University System's total state operating budget request of $910.1 million, an increase of $202.8 million (28.7 percent) over fiscal year 2013 general fund appropriations. The budget request has two distinct components: base adjustments of $81.9 million and one-time adjustments of $120.9 million.
Arizona State University requested $390.9 million, Northern Arizona University requested $137.7 million and ABOR requested $28.4 million.
The approved requests will be forwarded to the governor and Legislature by Oct. 1.
The UA's proposed College of Medicine-Phoenix funding would help the college meet the requirements of accreditation for expected medical doctor enrollment and graduation.
"This will position the state of Arizona to better address the coming health-care crisis, which is a result of a combination of the significant increases in our state's population, the aging of our population and the number of physicians that will be needed statewide," a report to the regents states.
The Cooperative Extension funding would help the UA fulfill its land-grant mission by strengthening services for people throughout Arizona. New investments would be in 4-H youth development, child and family wellness, food safety and the promotion of healthy people as a key to a productive workforce and a vibrant community.
The UA's request also includes $10.1 million in performance funding, which rewards performance based on outcome measures related to degree production, course completion and research and public service productivity. A request of $40 million in one-time funds would invest in a UA initiative to advance clinical and translational medicine science, which would benefit health care and the economy in Arizona.
One-time funding of $3 million would make possible the planning of an Arizona Veterinary Medical Education program to address the shortage of veterinary services in Arizona, and $15 million would address the UA's most critical life/safety building renewal needs.
The requests allign with the four strategic goals in the board's 2020 Vision and Enterprise plan: educational excellence, research excellence, community engagement and workforce impact, and productivity. These areas of emphasis are broadly aimed at increasing degree attainment among Arizona residents, enhancing the state's economy and improving the overall quality of life for Arizonans.
The UA is making marked progress toward meeting its goals in these areas, reports to the regents show.
Toward the goal of educational excellence and access, the UA was up in the number of bachelor's degrees it awarded, to 6,195 in 2010-11 from 5,827 in 2009-10. It made even more progress in fiscal year 2012, conferring 6,352 baccalaureate degrees – the highest level ever.
The number of master's degrees awarded also was up to 1,565 in 2010-11 from 1,327 in 2009-10. The number of transfer students from Arizona community colleges and the number of community college transfer students awarded bachelor's degrees during that time frame also was up.
The six-year graduation rate was up to 61.4 percent in 2011-12, up from 59.7 percent in 2010-11. The four-year graduation rate of community college transfer students was 66.9 percent in that same time frame, up from 65.3 percent.
Advancing the goal of research excellence, the UA saw $610.6 million in research and development expenditures in 2010-11, up from $586.6 million in 2009-10. The number of patents issued during that time frame also was up to 19 from 13, and intellectual property income was $1.4 million, up from $562,000.
Impacting the workforce and community, the UA saw $69.8 million in expenditures related to service and engagement activities in 2008-09. In 2010-11, the UA awarded 1,396 undergraduate degrees in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, up from 1,305 the year before. It also awarded more graduate degrees in the STEM fields and in the fields of education and health.
Advancing productivity, the UA is awarding more bachelor's degrees per 100 FTE students and is awarding more online certificates.
Also at the two-day meeting, the board approved employment contracts for:
- Andrew Comrie, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost
- Andy Lopez, head baseball coach
- Fred Harvey, head track and field coach
- Vicky Maes, head women's tennis coach
- William Ryden, head gymnastics coach
- James Anderson, head men's golf coach