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Board of Governors for Higher Education
Contact: Connie Fraser
(860)947-1801

Board of Governors to Take Up College Budgets Thursday

HARTFORD, Oct. 30 - Holding down public college expenditures to help the state stay below its constitutional spending cap is the goal of the Board of Governors for Higher Education as it decides on budget proposals for the next two fiscal years.

The Board of Governors will meet via teleconference on Thursday, November 2 at 9:30 am at its Hartford offices to consider a proposed $1.5 billion operating budget and $413.6 million worth of capital requests for 2001-2003 for the University of Connecticut and its Health Center, Connecticut State University, the Community Colleges, Charter Oak State College and the Department of Higher Education.

The proposed operating budget supports current services but no permanent expansion of base budgets. It does recommend, however, a short-term investment of $37 million from state surplus funds for the following new initiatives:

    • an $11.2 million Performance-Linked Investment Strategy to support workforce-related budget options. This sum is equal to one percent of higher education’s budget for each fiscal year.
    • up to $5 million to address administrative and teacher shortages, particularly in math, science, bilingual education and world languages by, among other means, expanding the state’s two alternative route to teacher certification programs.
    • $4 million to match federal support for college scholarships under the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs or GEAR UP program.
    • $2 million to begin a Higher Education Asset Protection Program to keep new campus buildings in prime condition.
    • other one-time funding strategies such as an Energy Contingency Fund to address unanticipated hikes in fuel and utility costs, and educational equipment purchases of up to $15 million which are currently financed by student tuitions.

The Board of Governors’ final budget recommendations will sent to Governor Rowland and the General Assembly for action next year. Members of the Board of Governors are: Albert B. Vertefeuille of Lebanon, Chair; Harry H. Penner, Jr., of Guilford, Vice-Chair; James H. Bates, Lakeville; William A. Bevacqua, Trumbull; Dorothea E. Brennan, Fairfield; Leonard S. Cohen, West Hartford; Lile R. Gibbons, Greenwich; Joan R. Kemler, West Hartford; Dorothy B. Leib, New London; Alice V. Meyer, Easton; and Patricia McCann Vissepó, New Haven.


Contact: Connie Fraser
(860)947-1801


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