(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.
The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy's Curtis Vaughan Observatory will offer free stargazing for the public beginning on top of the 4th floor of the Flawn Science Building. Experienced astronomers will be on hand to show a variety of astronomical objects and answer any questions. This event is free and open to the public, so feel free to invite friends and family.
Curtis Vaughan Observatory
This year's keynote speaker is Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisper. The event will feature breakout sessions and a presentation by the Creative Writers from North East School of the Arts. The event is free and open to all teachers from Pre-K through university level. Attendees can earn a certificate for 3 hours of Professional Development Credit.
Riklin Auditorium (FS1.406), Downtown Campus
The UTSA community is invited to attend the 3rd annual Rowdy Gras celebration! This year Rowdy Gras includes a daytime event from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. with a free food tasting and music on the UC Paseo. The main event takes place from 6 - 9 p.m. in the UC Lawn. The event includes free food, live jazz music, activities and giveaways.
University Center Paseo & Lawn, UTSA Main Campus
The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning’s 2015-16 Speaker Series continues with Dana Cuff, Ph.D., a professor of architecture and urbanism at the University of California, Los Angeles. In her talk, Cuff will discuss new forms of “studio” and new types of practices. Free and open to the public.
Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), UTSA Downtown Campus
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures invites Texas and Texans to the Asian Festival. What began as a traditional family reunion for the Chinese New Year has expanded to include other Asian communities and participants, showcasing their unique culture and traditions.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures
Join the UTSA Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching in celebrating interdisciplinary inquiry at the 2016 Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium. The colloquium will include a panel of faculty and recent doctoral graduate and a showcase of the best IDS undergraduate inquiry projects of the year 2015. The event is free and open to the public.
Business Building (BB 2.06.04), UTSA Main Campus
The UTSA College of Public Policy presents the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Dr. Iris Carlton-LaNey, Professor of the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Iris Carlton LaNey will speak to the UTSA community about the role and impact of African-Americans in the social work profession.
Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326), Downtown Campus
Please join us for a presentation and book signing by Luis Carlos Montalván (Fmr. Capt., USA), author of the New York Times Bestseller Until Tuesday and the international award-winning childrens book Tuesday Tucks Me In. His books will be available for purchase at the UTSA Bookstore. This event is free and open to the public.
Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus
The 12th Annual Black Heritage Gala is a formal event which includes a student performance, keynote remarks by Michael Brown, an award presentation, dinner and dancing. Tickets are $10 for UTSA students and $15 for all other guests. Tickets are on sale now at Roadrunner Express. Contact (210) 458-4770 for more information.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures will host a free workshop focusing on teaching Latin American culture and geography for students seeking their teacher certification. The workshop includes free resources for teaching Latin American subject matter as well as presentations on language, identity, music, geography, and political and developmental history, and a special educators’ tour of the museum’s Los Tejanos exhibit. Free with registration.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC 3.01.02)
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2015 was a significant year for UTSA. As the university moved forward on the road to Tier One research, designations and recruitment of high caliber faculty and students, it also completed its first ever capital campaign. Read about UTSA's accomplishments in the 2015 Year in Review as we look forward to what the next year will bring.
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