The Board of Trustees of the City University of New York today unanimously approved operating and capital budget requests totaling $1.7 billion to New York State and City officials for fiscal year 2000-2001.
The University’s operating budget request calls for a 7.3 % increase that would raise the operating budget of the twenty – college system by $97.1 million to $1.4 billion. The additional resources would be used to establish nationally competitive CUNY “flagship” academic programs, a major technology upgrade and a greatly expanded economic development initiative. Funding would be provided for 180 new full time faculty, 90 instructional support staff, and 120 student service positions, while expanding library hours across CUNY.
The Board also proposed a $274 million capital budget request that would address major new construction, rehabilitation and capital equipment needs of the University. Most of the 2000-2001 capital projects being requested are in the third year of a state – approved five year funding cycle.
“The University’s budget priorities will, if approved, ensure a strong, revitalized faculty equipped with greater resources to educate our students. They reflect the need for modern facilities and educational programs of national stature,’ said Chancellor Matthew Goldstein. The University’s budget message calls for a commitment to strengthening its operations in five key areas.
- CREATING A FLAGSHIP ENVIRONMENT — Approximately sixty of the new faculty will be hired in “clusters” that will allow immediate strengthening of rigorous, academically enriched and nationally competitive “Flagship Programs” at CUNY’s upper tier colleges.
- SUPPORTING ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT — CUNY will emphasize and invest in pre-collegiate and collegiate academic counseling, tutoring and advising. The pre-collegiate commitment will include an expansion of the College Now program which allows CUNY to reach into the city’s high schools as early as the ninth grade to help prepare students to meet the demands of college level work.
- IMPROVING THE UNDERGRADUATE EXPERIENCE — the University is committed to improving the undergraduate experience by further investing in full time faculty, in the writing-across-the -curriculum program begun this year and in the new CUNY Transfer and Information program and Planning System (CUNY TIPPS) a website which aids students in planning programs and transfer among the CUNY colleges.
- CUNY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE — CUNY plans a comprehensive economic development initiative comprised of a CUNY Institute for Software Design and Development, a Photonics Compact Device Center, a Small Business Support and Incubator Program and an expansion of the University’s workforce development programs.
- UPGRADING TECHNOLOGY AND MANAGING DATA — CUNY’s deployment of cutting edge technology was recently ranked fourth in the nation among University Systems in “PC WEEK’S” annual Government and Education Fast Track 100 Survey. CUNY will build on that success by providing appropriate technological solutions for the classroom, the laboratory and in student centers and administrative offices.