April 13, 2012
By Assistant Vice Chancellor Matthew Sapienza
Governor Cuomo and the leaders of the New York State Legislature have reached an agreement on the fiscal year 2012-13 operating and capital budgets. I write to provide you with a summary of the agreement’s impact on The City University of New York.
On the operating side, for the senior colleges the enacted budget maintains the executive recommendation of $70.8 million in additional state aid and $66.6 million in increased tuition revenue. It also includes $1.0 million for the CUNY LEADS program, which provides academic and career counseling as well as internship and job placement assistance to students with disabilities.
For the community colleges, the adopted budget increases the base aid per FTE student by $150, to $2,272. This will generate an additional $12.2 million in state aid for our community colleges in the next fiscal year. In addition, the FY2012 legislative increase of $0.5 million for child care that was not included in the FY2013 executive budget has been restored.
The adopted budget includes legislation directing CUNY and SUNY to conduct a study on student remediation, and strategies and programs to promote transition to college readiness. In addition, the legislation directs the CUNY and SUNY Boards of Trustees to examine and make recommendations on community college chargeback policies to the Senate and Assembly no later than September 1, 2012.
With respect to capital needs, the state adopted budget maintains the executive recommendation of $284.2 million in appropriations for critical maintenance projects at the senior colleges, and $26.7 million in appropriations for community college projects that have received city funding. The budget also includes $37.0 million for the capital program-related operating expenses incurred by the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York and the City University Construction Fund.
We are very pleased that state leaders have provided the University with fiscal stability for next year through this budget agreement. A preliminary analysis of the state adopted budget is attached and provides additional details. The analysis also includes the results of the City Preliminary Budget for FY2012.