(Aug. 12, 2014) --UTSA leaders have finalized a budget for the coming fiscal year that will maintain academic excellence and initiatives that promote student achievement, but will require some cost-saving measures in other areas.
The university will experience a tight operating budget for fiscal year 2015 because of last year's decline in student enrollment, which resulted in $7 million less in tuition revenues. This deficit was primarily addressed by shifting funds from other discretionary sources. However, much of the remaining discretionary funds will now be needed to cover essential operating costs, including utilities.
At the same time, the university faces other budget demands -- some of which are met without state reimbursement. One example is the Hazlewood Act. Each year, the university foregoes some $10 million in tuition and fees under the act to provide educational opportunities to the families of active and retired military members. To date, it has foregone some $40 million under this program.
UTSA is committed to Texas military families and supporting veterans’ programs into the future. In the next session of the Legislature, the university will work with state lawmakers on ways to accomplish this goal while best addressing Hazlewood’s future financial commitments.
The FY2015 budget will require the university to be more efficient at managing costs. As part of this effort, a merit increase for UTSA faculty, staff and administrators will not be included in the coming fiscal year.
The university has historically awarded merit pay increases to faculty and staff to recognize their dedication to students -- even in years when other UT institutions did not. This has also had the effect of keeping UTSA salaries on par with other leading universities across Texas. The university will continue to recognize staff and faculty excellence through promotions and tenure, and merit increases will be restored when the budget permits.
Meanwhile, university leaders are working to identify potential new revenue sources for the future.
Despite the temporary fiscal constraints, the university's priorities continue to be recruiting top faculty and students, offering transformative learning experiences and conducting impactful research.
Additionally, insights gained from last year's enrollment dip have already led to successful new recruitment initiatives for freshmen, transfer and graduate students. A record freshman enrollment is likely at UTSA this fall, and class rankings are expected to equal or exceed last year's, when 68 percent of freshmen were in the top 25 percent of their high school graduating class, and 90 percent were ranked in the top half.
The promise of a top-tier educational experience will continue to attract the best and brightest students. That experience comes from the extraordinary faculty in the classrooms and labs and UTSA staff with their unwavering commitment to serving students.
The challenges presented by the FY2015 budget will not distract from the collective focus of the university. Everyone makes a difference in the lives of students. This is one of the key reasons why UTSA is destined to be a Tier One university.
Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.
Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.
Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.
Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
This annual symposium is an opportunity to discuss Texas higher education issues and trends with Texas higher education scholars, state and local government officials, students, and campus and local community members.
This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
Join President Ricardo Romo, The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band, students, faculty and staff to light the monument at the Main Campus entrance at the stroke of midnight.
John Peace Boulevard Entrance, Main Campus
Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus
Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus
The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.
Victor Cyrus, Jr will see his first book of poetry published this fall
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