2019-20 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 Executive Council. 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 begin the interior renovation that will convert the 1912 Schuyler Building into the new headquarters of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS). This phase of the project will renovate the south wing of the building and allow classes to be held, labs to be conducted, and faculty to move in by 2021-22. With undergraduate engineering enrollment nearly tripling since Fall 2016, and new graduate programs launching now, CEAS is growing far faster than projected. Now CEAS needs a state-of-the-art home to ensure this remarkable growth continues. The renovated Schuyler Building will cement the engineering college’s role as a powerful engine of access to academic excellence and economic opportunity 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 $550 million in critical maintenance funding, the same amount that was provided in last year’s Enacted Budget. Of the $550 million, $153.4 million is allocated for State-operated/statutory campuses and $396.6 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. $9.744 million in critical maintenance funding is included in the budget for UAlbany, a decrease from last year’s $22.312 million in the enacted budget. The University supports SUNY's request for $850 million in capital funding.