• UAlbany’s historical budget practices are undergoing transformation.
  • The budget model for the next fiscal year will drive a more strategic approach to the management of our academic enterprise in the long run.
  • The model to be deployed is being refined in conjunction with the executive team and in consultation with the Deans to be a more rational budget model and process that will allow deans and unit heads to be more tactical in their budget planning, 12-24 months out.

The process under development will assure budget decisions and notifications are complete in advance of the beginning of each fiscal year.

2018-19 Executive Budget Impact on UAlbany

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered his State of the State address on January 3 and released his Executive Budget for State Fiscal Year 2018-19 on January 16.

Below are elements of the Governor’s proposed budget and agenda that we believe are of interest to UAlbany, along with the University’s 2018-19 legislative requests.

The University will continue to monitor these items and provide updates as they become available over the course of this legislative session. If you are interested in learning more about any of these programs or UAlbany’s legislative agenda, please contact the Office of Government and Community Relations at (518) 956-8163, or stop by room 104 In University Hall.

  • Approximately $56.4 million in state tax support for the University at Albany (similar to last year’s level). The SUNY system would receive $708 million in direct state tax support, similar to last year.
  • A continuation of the 2017-18 restoration of the Maintenance of Effort (MOE) and Predictable Tuition Plan.
  • An addition of $21.9 million to accommodate the potential $200 per undergraduate in state student and other tuition rates as planned. This is the second year of four years of scheduled tuition increases.
  • System-wide, SUNY institutions will spend $65 million to cover the TAP tuition gap.
  • The ability of the State to move IFR, other General Fund appropriations as needed to meet program needs.
  • A reappropriation* in capital funding for the development of the new College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity; $15 million was originally appropriated in the 2014-15 Enacted Budget.
  • A reappropriation for the NYSTAR Center of Excellence in Atmospheric and Environmental Prediction and Innovation at the University at Albany; $250,000 was originally appropriated in the 2015-16 Enacted Budget.
  • $1.24 million for the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University at Albany (CARD Albany), which brings research and practice together in community settings.
  • Level funding of $235,000 for Just for the Kids (Know Your Schools-for NY Kids) within the School of Education, the only New York-focused, evidenced-based school improvement program in the State that compares the performance of equally-resourced and similarly challenged schools.
  • Level funding of $261,600 for the Public Health Management Leaders of Tomorrow program (PHLOT), established in 2006, which strengthens the public health infrastructure across New York State.
  • $18 million to be allocated according to a plan by the SUNY Board of Trustees (SUNY Performance and Investment Fund).
  • Full support of State-operated campus employee benefits and bonded capital costs.
  • Continued implementation of the Excelsior Scholarship Program, with eligibility increased to $110,000 in family taxable income a year. Last year, UAlbany had more than 1,000 students receiving a full Excelsior award.
  • The Enhanced Tuition award for private colleges is funded at $23 million. In the first year, 29 of 96 eligible institutions participated which translated into 4,500 students and funding of $6.9 million.
  • The Higher Education Capital Matching Grants program for private colleges is funded at $30 million.
  • Implementation again of the DREAM Act, which would make undocumented students eligible for TAP as well as the Excelsior Scholarship Program. The budget appropriates $27 million for increased TAP expenditures but does not provide additional funds to cover Excelsior.
  • Requiring food pantries on all SUNY (and CUNY) campuses to ensure consistent, healthy food options. We are trying to find out if UAlbany's arrangement with St. Vincent's food pantry, a model for other campuses, meets the requirements of this proposal to have a food pantry on campus. 
  • Extension of design/build authority to the Dormitory Authority (DASNY) but does not include SUNY or the State University Construction Fund.
  • Expansion of the NYS Inspector General Jurisdiction to any organization or foundation formed for the benefit of, or controlled by, SUNY or CUNY.
  • Establishment of public university foundation oversight, requiring the IG to oversee implementation and enforcement of financial control policies at SUNY, CUNY, and all affiliated nonprofit organizations and foundations.
  • Establishment of a Chief Procurement Officer for the entire State, tasked with oversight of all state procurements.

*A reappropriation is a legislative enactment that continues any undisbursed balance of an appropriation that would otherwise lapse. It allows the program to keep money that was set aside in previous years but not spent.

  • Since the Governor established the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (CEHC) in 2014, enrollment has grown exponentially – as of mid-January, there are 431 majors and 388 minors at the College. In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Maria, New York responded to Puerto Rico’s pressing need to ensure its people’s safety and repair its battered infrastructure. The University is interested in establishing a NYS Community Response Team (CRT) led by CEHC and in partnership with the State and the SUNY Puerto Rico Working Group. The CRT would be open to both students and working professionals and require service deployment over winter, spring, and summer breaks during which participants would take weeklong online courses followed by three weeks of on-the-ground recovery work on the island. This team would focus on Puerto Rico’s long-term recovery and provide unique, applied learning opportunities that align with CEHC’s mission to create and offer hands-on learning experiences while building an expertise to improve future disaster recovery and resiliency right here in New York State. If funded, operating aid would support faculty and staff, graduate fellowships and/or other operating expenses aligned with CRT’s mission.

  • The Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurship Complex (ETEC) building is well underway. Early site work to prepare the 12-acre location is completed as is the installation of the geothermal well field which will provide energy efficient heating and cooling to the building. Construction on the building itself will begin in late March, early April 2019 with a mid-2021 occupancy and completion. 

  • Construction of the New York State Mesonet system, comprised of state-of-the-art weather-detection stations statewide to provide a broader picture of current weather conditions with real-time data, is nearly complete, with 125 standard sites deployed across the State, with the last station in process in Suffolk County. The project is being funded with a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and implemented in partnership with DHSES. The new system, which will augment the 27 stations now used the National Weather Service, will ensure emergency managers are better equipped to make decisions and deploy resources to protect life and property during extreme weather events.

  • The University at Albany’s Health Sciences Campus (formerly the East Campus) is home to the largest concentration of health science-related entities in the Capital Region, including the University’s School of Public Health and Cancer Research Center, the Pharmaceutical Research Institute affiliated with Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and the Neural Stem Cell Institute. Major health-related corporations – such as Taconic, AMRI and Regeneron – are also on campus. The campus will leverage the expertise in UAlbany’s health-related academic programs, promote economic efficiencies and cultivate new opportunities for entrepreneurs, businesses, faculty, and students through the Blackstone Launchpad and Innovate 518 program. Our goal is to make the Health Sciences Campus a premier global hub for research, development, and commercialization in the health care industry.

    The Executive Budget includes $600 million to support construction of a state-of-the-art life sciences public health laboratory in the Capital District that will promote collaborative public/private research and development partnerships. This is in addition to $150 million provided last year. This is a joint effort between the NYS Department of Health and Empire State Development.