2018-19 Executive Budget Impact on UAlbany
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University at Albany’s Legislative Requests
Each year, the University at Albany requests additional operating and capital support from the New York State Legislature.
Below are the requests created in consultation with University's Senior Leadership team. We will be calling on the UAlbany community to help advocate for these initiatives and restorations as there is considerable competition for state resources.
- Capital Support for the Former Albany High School (Schuyler) Building - $20 Million
The University at Albany is seeking $20 million in capital funding to transform the former Albany High School – a 106-year-old midtown landmark – into the new home of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS). With undergraduate engineering enrollment up 133% and the hiring of 20 new faculty members from world-class institutions, UAlbany’s engineering college is already growing far faster than projected – proof that its programs are in demand. Now it needs a 21st-century home to ensure that remarkable growth continues. The fully renovated Schuyler Building will cement the engineering college’s role as a powerful engine of access to academic excellence and economic opportunity situated on an urban campus in the heart of New York’s capital city.
- NYSTAR Center of Excellence in Atmospheric and Environmental Predication and Innovation
Last year's Enacted Budget includes $250,000 in funding for UAlbany's Center of Excellence. Unfortunately, the Executive Budget eliminates this funding and the Center’s designation, similar to prior years. UAlbany will advocate for the restoration of the designation and is seeking continued and additional State support for a total of $500,000 to continue to grow our Center to eventually reach parity with the other 10 Centers of Excellence that are each funded at $1 million by the Executive. This Center, established in 2015, is focused on leveraging the University’s expertise on atmospheric sciences to develop weather-based solutions and support weather-business growth.
- Predictable Tuition Plan
This year’s Executive Budget includes the continuation of an undergraduate tuition plan at the State-operated campuses, in which SUNY’s Board of Trustees is empowered to increase resident undergraduate tuition by a maximum of $200 per year above the approved amount from the prior year and would run from 2017-18 to 2020-21. The revenue generated from any tuition increase would be reinvested to support faculty, instruction, initiatives to improve student success and completion. Additionally, the continuation of the 2017-18 restoration of the Maintenance of Effort (MOE) is included in the Executive Budget.
- Critical Maintenance Funding for SUNY
Because nearly three quarters of the facilities at UAlbany are more than 40 years old, significant investment is urgently needed to address critical maintenance issues, including those affecting health and safety on our campus, such as the renovation of classrooms and other student-centered spaces. The Executive Budget recommends $350 million in critical maintenance funding, which is a reduction of $200 million from the $550 million that was provided in last year’s Enacted Budget. Of the $350 million, $153.4 million is allocated for State-operated/statutory campuses and $196.6 million in a lump sum for priority critical maintenance projects. While its allocation is yet to be determined, priority will be given to projects that address life and safety concerns, core infrastructure in need of replacement and upgrading buildings and infrastructure to meet current codes and regulations, such as ADA. $9.685 million in critical maintenance funding is included in the budget for UAlbany, an increase from last year’s $9.447 million.