Expected Budget Cuts Announced at UC Riverside

Cuts, while difficult, help the campus adjust to the fact that state funding has declined for the UC system.

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — UC Riverside Chancellor Timothy P. White announced plans to trim spending at the university to adjust to the fact that state funding has declined for the UC system.

“The distribution of cuts is strategic, and all units are participating, albeit differentially,” said White, in a letter that was also signed by campus Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Dallas Rabenstein.

Overall, the UC system is facing a $1 billion gap for the 2011-2012 budget year, which translates to approximately $46 million for UCR. There will be layoffs, and every unit must find new ways to be more efficient.

In an effort to trim spending during the 2011-2012 fiscal year, White announced $12.8 million in cuts from individual campus units. While the cuts will be made to both the academic and the administrative support operations of the campus, nearly two-thirds of the burden will be taken by the administrative support units.

At the same time, the UC Board of Regents voted to increase tuition for students a total of 17.6 percent in just this past year.

Some of the areas protected to a large extent from cuts on the Riverside campus are the police department, the core ladder-rank faculty of each college, and the retirement program for all general fund employees, as well as money for financial aid to low-income families and the costs of utilities.

The units taking the largest cuts include business operations, which manages human resources, technology services, transportation and accounting.

“Despite our best efforts and enormous lobbying activity, these cuts are significant and will inflict real pain on individuals and programs,” said White. Some units are taking cuts of up to 9 percent of their state funding.

The Graduate Division (5 percent), Research Office (5 percent), and University Advancement (5.5 percent) received relatively lower cuts because of their importance to UCR’s strategic plan to increase the recruitment of graduate students; the number and amount of incoming grants and contracts; and the pipeline of private philanthropy.

“We must work together as we redouble our efforts to find non-general fund resources to support our activities, and to find additional efficiencies,” White said.

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