Budget cuts
 College of Medicine funding
 Major gifts
 Utilities increase

Title: University of Florida legislative priorities
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Table of Contents
    Budget cuts
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    College of Medicine funding
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    Major gifts
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    Utilities increase
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Budget Cuts

Faced with falling state revenues and major budget cuts, the University of Florida has taken
steps to reduce expenditures and increase efficiency. We expect even more cuts this
legislative session.


o We will work to minimize the impact of further reduced state revenues on UF.
o Further cuts will diminish our ability to provide high-quality education to the citizens
of this state and slow down Florida's economic turnaround.

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Florida's economic downturn caused the University of Florida to cut $64 million or 9 percent
from its budget appropriated by the state legislature during FY 2007-08. According to state
economists, the situation remains perilous. State revenues are far below projections and
lottery revenues are down. It is unclear how the federal stimulus package will impact higher
education in the State of Florida. However, we believe more cuts are likely on the way for

UF responded to last year's cuts by making across-the-board reductions that reduced
enrollment, faculty and administrative positions, departments, courses and research

We also tasked university administrators with finding new revenues and more efficient ways
of doing business. They identified opportunities that have demonstrated real savings or
revenues, including:

* New Revenue from a new transcript fee of $513,000 to date.
* More than $1 million projected savings by switching from printed publications to
* Savings of approximately $600,000 by requiring employees to be on Direct Deposit.
* eProcurement a new electronic purchasing system which has the potential to save $2
to 3 million annually.
* Savings from a reduction in the number of vehicles across the campus and a centralized
fuel purchasing program.

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The University of Florida's tuition is among the very lowest in the United States. While that
sounds like good news to Florida's students, in fact low tuition contributes to an erosion of
the quality of higher education. Legislation has been introduced that would, over time,
increase tuition at Florida's public universities to the national average.


o UF strongly supports the tuition bill, House Bill 403/Senate Bill 762.
o It would increase students' tuition by only $200 per semester next year and would
generate badly needed revenues in this time of budget cuts.
o UF student government supports the tuition increase because it will improve education
at the university.
o Over time, this proposal would increase UF's tuition revenue by $70 million. The funds
would go toward academic enhancement, including more faculty.

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Tuition and state funding make up 35 percent of UF's revenues. When both of these revenue
sources are low, the university faces a budget challenge.

At $3,800 per year for 2008-09, UF's tuition ranks 49th among the 50 state flagship
universities in the country. We rank 519 of 591 public universities in the amount of tuition for
resident, undergraduate students.

University of Florida vs. Peers

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-- University of Florida
-NAAU Peer High
AAU Peer Median
-**AAU Peer Low

In previous years, state funding in Florida was relatively strong. The combination of state
support and tuition gave UF fairly high revenues as compared with other public universities.
But that has changed in recent times.

For example, in 1989 UF received more than $26,000 per student in state funds and tuition.
By 2006, UF's revenues were down to $16,000 per student.

State Appropriation and Tuition Revenue per Full-time Equivalent Student
AAU Public Average vs. UF

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19" 191 1%3 1995 1997 19 W 7MI ions 2007
g990 1992 1994 1996 1M 2M1 2M0 200

UF's budget reductions impact class size most significantly. Our faculty to student ratio is
among the worst in the nation. Students complain of large classes that discourage meaningful
interaction with faculty, little opportunity to meet with teachers outside of class and
difficulty getting appointments with a very limited number of advisors.lori

Fewer funds also means UF is unable to pay faculty competitive salaries. We lose good faculty
members and have difficulties attracting the very best to Gainesville.

Governor Charlie Crist has recognized the effect of falling budgets on Florida's system of
higher education and has proposed a solution we strong support. It would aow a state
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universities to inreductions impact class size most significayear untly. Our faculty to student ratio is
among the worst inpasses the nation. Stature, students complain of large classes that discourage meaningful
interaction with faculty, little opportunity to meeBright with teachers outside of class andot cover that
difficulty getting appointed contracts with a very limited number of advisors.
Fewer funds also means UF is unable to pay faculty competitive salaries. We lose good faculty
members and have difficulties attracting the very best to Gainesville.

Governor Charlie Crist has recognized the effect of falling budgets on Florida's system of
higher education and has proposed a solution we strongly support. It would allow all state
universities to increase tuition 15 percent per year until we reach the national average.

If this proposal passes the legislature, students would experience a tuition increase of
approximately $200 per semester next year. Bright Futures scholarships would not cover that
amount; Florida Prepaid contracts would.

UF Undergraduate Tuition in a National Context

University 2008-9 2007-8 Increase p Rank

1 Penn State, University Park
2 U of Vermont
U of Illinois, Urbana-
3 Champaign
U of New Hampshire,
4 Durham
5 Rutgers U, New Brunswick
6 U of Michigan, Ann Arbor
7 U of Minnesota-Twin Cities
U of Massachusetts,
8 Amherst
9 U of Virginia
10 U of Connecticut
11 U of Maine, Orono
12 U of S. Carolina, Columbia
13 Ohio State U, Columbus
14 U of Rhode Island
15 U of Delaware
16 U of Missouri, Columbia
17 Indiana U, Bloomington
18 U of Texas, Austin
U of Maryland, College
19 Park
20 U of Kentucky
21 U of Kansas
22 U of California, Berkeley
23 U of Wisconsin, Madison
24 U of Oklahoma, Norman

$ 7,482
$ 12,844

$ 7,021
$ 12,844
$ 12,054

$ 461
$ 862
$ 790

$12,240 $11,130 $1,110


$ 10,232
$ 9,505
$ 9,338
$ 9,100
$ 8,838
$ 8,679
$ 8,678
$ 8,646
$ 8,450
$ 8,231
$ 8,090

$ 8,005
$ 7,736
$ 7,725
$ 7,656
$ 7,568
$ 7,423

$ 10,686
$ 10,447
$ 9,885

$ 9,924
$ 8,500
$ 8,842
$ 8,330
$ 8,346
$ 8,676
$ 8,184
$ 8,150
$ 8,099
$ 7,837
$ 7,670

$ 7,969
$ 7,096
$ 7,146
$ 7,164
$ 7,188
$ 6,507

$ 686
$ 854
$ 590
$ 749

$ 308
$ 496
$ 770
$ 492
$ 494
$ 496
$ 351
$ 394
$ 420

$ 36
$ 640
$ 579
$ 492
$ 380
$ 916


Rank (out
of 591






25 U of Colorado, Boulder $ 7,278 $ 6,635 $ 643 24 158
26 U of Washington $6,802 $6,385 $417 26 188
27 U of Nebraska, Lincoln $ 6,585 $ 6,216 $ 369 29 203
28 U of Iowa $6,544 $6,293 $251 27 206
29 U of North Dakota $ 6,513 $ 6,130 $ 383 31 212
30 U of Oregon $6,435 $6,168 $267 30 223
31 U of Alabama, Tuscaloosa $6,400 $ 5,700 $700 34 229
32 U of Arkansas, Fayetteville $6,399 $6,038 $361 32 230
33 SUNY, Buffalo* $ 6,285 $ 6,218 $ 67 28 240
34 U of Hawaii-Manoa $ 6,259 $ 5,390 $ 869 37 243
35 U of Tennessee, Knoxville $6,250 $ 5,932 $318 33 246
36 U of Georgia $ 6,031 $ 5,622 $ 409 35 275
37 U of South Dakota $ 5,828 $ 5,393 $ 435 36 290
38 U of Arizona $ 5,531 $5,037 $494 40 338
39 U of NC, Chapel Hill $ 5,397 $ 5,340 $ 57 38 361
40 U of Utah $ 5,285 $ 4,987 $ 298 41 369
41 U of Montana, Missoula $5,150 $5,141 $9 39 383
42 U of Mississippi $5,107 $4,932 $175 42 388
West Virginia U,
43 Morgantown $ 5,100 $ 4,722 $ 378 43 391
44 LSU, Baton Rouge $ 5,086 $ 4,543 $ 543 45 393
U of New Mexico,
45 Albuquerque $ 4,834 $ 4,571 $ 263 44 405
46 U of Alaska, Fairbanks $ 4,828 $ 4,496 $ 332 46 406
47 U of Idaho $4,632 $4,410 $222 47 418
48 U of Nevada, Las Vegas $4,493 $4,081 $412 48 435
49 U of Florida $3,790 $3,370 $420 50 519
50 U of Wyoming $3,621 $3,554 $67 49 546
Source: College Board, "Trends in College Pricing 2008" data as published in the Chronicle of
Higher Education

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College of Medicine Funding

State funding for the University of Florida's College of Medicine has fallen in recent years.
While the State of Florida builds new medical schools, its oldest and highest ranked public
College of Medicine is trying to do more with less.


o The College of Medicine's state support has dropped by more than half in the last five
o As a result, its faculty must spend more time practicing medicine in order to generate
the revenues to subsidize the medical school.
o More time with patients is less time with students or doing the research that can lead
to biotech economic development for the state.
o The university needs another $13.5 million in recurring funds to support the College of
Medicine's educational mission.

:Take Action Now!*:


State support for the College of Medicine has declined 60 percent in five years. In 2003, the
legislature provided $45,000 per student in state funding. That amount dropped to $18,000 by

As a result, the University of Florida must subsidize the college's education budget with
revenues from its faculty practice. That means medical school faculty must treat an
increasing number of patients to keep up with the cost of educating medical students.

Note: In the chart below, COM refers to the revenues generated by the faculty medical

Per Student Funding of Medical Student Education by Source

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FY03 FY04 FY05

FY06 FY07






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Major Gifts

The State of Florida has two programs that serve as incentives for private support of higher

These programs, which match donor contributions with state dollars, reflect the best of a
public-private partnership and leverage public funds for education at a time when state funds
are limited.


o It is important that the Legislature appropriate some level of funding for these
programs even during these economic times to encourage donors to continue
making these important contributions.
o The Courtelis program is particularly important because it enables the state to
construct buildings for 50 cents on the dollar.
o In addition, it provides economic stimulus during this difficult economic time by
creating construction jobs.

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The Alec P. Courtelis Facilities Enhancement Program provides a dollar-for-dollar match to
donations that fund the construction or renovation of instruction or research buildings. This
program enables the state to construct buildings for 50 cents on the dollar. In recent years,
donor gifts and their state matches have helped fund buildings for Veterinary Medicine,
Business, Engineering, Law, IFAS and the Harn Museum of Art, among others.

In 2007, the legislature fully funded UF's request at $11.5 million. Due to budget constraints,
this year's appropriation was only $160,000. UF has another $27 million awaiting state
matching funds as of January 2009.

The Major Gifts Program provides incentives for donors to create endowment gifts.

One of the hallmarks of a great university is the size of its endowment. Endowments inspire
private investments because they represent stability and permanence for the institution. An
endowment helps universities maintain and improve educational quality, especially in the
times of financial downturns. An endowment allows a public university to be infinitely better
than tax dollars would permit.

Under this program, private contributions are matched on a sliding scale basis from 50
percent to 100 percent, depending on the size of the gift.

In 2007, the legislature fully funded UF's major gifts at $27.8 million. There was no funding in
2008. Effective January 2009, UF has $55.8 million in donor contributions awaiting state

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The University of Florida benefits from utility tax revenues the Legislature allocates for
building construction and infrastructure on university campuses.


o UF supports the allocation of PECO funds to build facilities needed for the
advancement of education and research.
o Allocating these funds to UF can also help stimulate the state's economy through

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Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO) funds, which come from a tax on utilities, support
construction of new instruction and research buildings and infrastructure.

In recent years, PECO funds have been responsible for much of the construction on campus,
including buildings for emerging pathogens and nanoscience research as well as veterinary
science education.

This year, we are seeking funding for chemistry, water/land/plant resources, and biomedical
research buildings. UF is also proposing to use PECO funds for the renovation of historic
Norman Hall and improvements in utilities and infrastructure. The total is $123 million.

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Utilities Increases

The University of Florida, like all state universities, is experiencing significant increases in
utility bills. Covering these costs within our existing budget takes funds away from valuable
educational and research programs.


o UF joins other public state universities in requesting additional state funding for energy
o The State University System is requesting $24 million for higher utility bills in the
current year and $32 million for next year.

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In an attempt to cut costs and conserve, UF has created an Office of Sustainability and taken
steps to reduce energy usage.

Despite these efforts, state universities need additional state funding to cover higher energy

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