FY 2016 Appropriation

The Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee makes budget recommendations to the Executive Appropriations Committee and the entire Legislature for the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE), including the Utah College of Applied Technology (UCAT).

The Utah System of Higher Education is comprised of nine institutions of higher learning: eight credit-granting institutions which are governed by the State Board of Regents with the assistance of local Boards of Trustees and the Utah College of Applied Technology, a non-credit granting college that provides career and technical education, governed by its own Board of Trustees.

Funding History
Appropriation Overview

During the 2015 General Session, the Legislature appropriated for Fiscal Year 2016, $1,698,895,900 from all sources for Higher Education. This is a 7.5 percent increase from Fiscal Year 2015 revised estimated amounts from all sources. The total includes $921,338,200 from the General/Education Funds, an increase of 5.3 percent from revised Fiscal Year 2015 estimates.

Appropriation Adjustments

In addition to statewide compensation and internal service fund cost increases, the following appropriation adjustments were made during the 2015 General Session:

DescriptionOngoingOne-Time 01. Capital Development - Snow College Science Building$322,000 ($322,000)
OngoingOne-TimeFinancing Source
$322,000$0Education Fund
$0 ($322,000)Education Fund, One-time
Prioritized #1 by the subcommittee. Estimated O&M is $322,000. Snow College committed to provide $3M.
04. Capital Development - Huntsman Cancer Institute$1,850,000 ($1,850,000)
OngoingOne-TimeFinancing Source
$1,850,000$0Education Fund
$0 ($1,850,000)Education Fund, One-time
Prioritized #4 by the subcommittee. Received $2.5M in BEDL in 2013 G.S. Received $8.0M in IGG in 2014 G.S. Requesting $9.5M in IGG in 2015 G.S. with a goal of receiving $20M total from the state. Huntsman Foundation committed to providing at least $80M. Estimated O&M is $1,850,000.
05. Capital Development - Dixie ATC Campus$1,366,400 ($1,366,400)
OngoingOne-TimeFinancing Source
$1,366,400$0Education Fund
$0 ($1,366,400)Education Fund, One-time
Prioritized #5 by the subcommittee. DXATC committed to providing $13M. Estimated O&M is $1,366,400.
06. Capital Development - UU Crocker Science Center$682,700 ($682,700)
OngoingOne-TimeFinancing Source
$682,700$0Education Fund
$0 ($682,700)Education Fund, One-time
Prioritized #6 by the subcommittee. UU committed to providing $21M. Estimated O&M is $682,700.
10. USU Clinical Services Building$630,500 ($630,500)
OngoingOne-TimeFinancing Source
$630,500$0Education Fund
$0 ($630,500)Education Fund, One-time
Prioritized #10 by subcommittee. USU has committed to providing $20M. Estimated O&M is $630,500.
Ag in the Classroom$75,000$0
OngoingOne-TimeFinancing Source
$75,000$0Education Fund
Rep. Draxler requested funding for Ag in the Classroom and said that it should go to the education committee.
Attorney General Dedicated Credit Adjustments$12,000$0
OngoingOne-TimeFinancing Source
$12,000$0General Fund
This item designates additional funding appropriated to an agency to pay higher costs for Attorney General services, due to statewide and AG-specific compensation increases.
Base Budget Floor Amendment$791,400$0
OngoingOne-TimeFinancing Source
$161,400$0General Fund
$630,000$0Education Fund
Technical amendments to base budget bills to conform with EAC direction.
Compensation - USHE & UCAT$20,894,600$0
OngoingOne-TimeFinancing Source
$98,600$0General Fund
$16,002,600$0Education Fund
$4,790,600$0Dedicated Credits Revenue
$2,800$0GFR - Workplace Safety
No Description
Demographic Decision Support$450,000$0
OngoingOne-TimeFinancing Source
$450,000$0General Fund
No Description
Engineering Initiative$3,500,000$1,000,000
OngoingOne-TimeFinancing Source
$3,500,000$0Education Fund
$0$1,000,000Education Fund, One-time
The 2007 Legislature approved $2 million in one-time funding for the Engineering Initiative.
Health Insurance - USHE & UCAT$6,497,900$0
OngoingOne-TimeFinancing Source
$24,000$0General Fund
$5,002,200$0Education Fund
$1,471,200$0Dedicated Credits Revenue
$500$0GFR - Workplace Safety
No Description
Higher Education Audit Billings$404,000$0
OngoingOne-TimeFinancing Source
$404,000$0General Fund
The State Auditor requests a reduction of $712,500 from General Fund revenue and an increase of the same amount to Dedicated Credit revenue. This change would shift the billing for audit services directly to colleges and universities. The corresponding increase in GF appropriations to higher education could be reduced to $404,000, with the expectation that the difference could made up in tuition (43.4% of Higher Education funding is from Dedicated Credits).
Land Exchange Distribution Account Adjustment$0 ($166,000)
OngoingOne-TimeFinancing Source
$0 ($166,000)GFR - Land Exchange Distribution Account
Adjust the appropriation from the Land Exchange Distribution Account to bring it more in line with the revenues that are flowing into the account.
Math Competency Initiative$1,925,000 ($100,000)
OngoingOne-TimeFinancing Source
$1,925,000$0Education Fund
$0 ($100,000)Education Fund, One-time
Enactment of this legislation likely will not materially impact state revenue. Enactment of this bill may cost the State Board of Education $100,000 one-time from the Education Fund in the current fiscal year to implement changes to IT data systems in order to report, verify, and maintain student mathematics competencies as outlined in the bill. Further, enactment of this bill may cost $1,725,000 ongoing from the Education Fund to the Minimum School Program to provide expanded concurrent enrollment options and $200,000 ongoing beginning in FY 2017 from the Education Fund to administrative costs at the State Board of Regents.
Mobile Home Park Helpline$0$35,000
OngoingOne-TimeFinancing Source
$0$35,000General Fund, One-time
Enactment of this legislation likely will not materially impact state revenue. Enactment of this bill would appropriate $35,000 one-time from the General Fund to the Attorney General's Office in FY 2016 to run a mobile home park helpline.
Museum of Natural History$150,000$150,000
OngoingOne-TimeFinancing Source
$150,000$0General Fund
$0$150,000General Fund, One-time
Eliminate building block provided in the 2014 General Session for the Museum of Natural History. Ongoing funding of $903,000 remains in the Higher Education Budget.
Performance Based Funding$2,000,000$7,000,000
OngoingOne-TimeFinancing Source
$2,000,000$0Education Fund
$0$7,000,000Education Fund, One-time
The item was established to provide USHE institutions with a monetary incentive to make improvements in student particpation, retention, and completion. Criteria have been established, which, if met by an institution, will result in the disbursement of the allocated funds. FY 2014 funding was $1 million (one-time); FY 2015 funding was $1.5 million (also one-time).
Regents' Scholarship$500,000$2,500,000
OngoingOne-TimeFinancing Source
$500,000$0Education Fund
$0$2,500,000Education Fund, One-time
The Regents' Scholarship was established to create an incentive for high school students to take a rigorous curriculum in high school to better prepare them for college. The incentive is a partial scholarship paid directly to the student to offset some fo the tuition costs.
Research and Graduate Programs$4,000,000$0
OngoingOne-TimeFinancing Source
$4,000,000$0Education Fund
The state's two research universities' mission includes graduate programs at the doctoral and professional levels. These advanced levels of education and training maintain the quality of instruction at the U of U and USU, build Utahs'd economy, and promoote innovation among the workforce.
Rocky Mountain Center Funding Enhancement$0$125,000
OngoingOne-TimeFinancing Source
$0$125,000General Fund, One-time
Provide state tax funds to the RMCOEH
School Safety and Crisis Line$150,000$150,000
OngoingOne-TimeFinancing Source
$150,000$0Education Fund
$0$150,000Education Fund, One-time
Enactment of this legislation likely will not materially impact state revenue. Enactment of this bill appropriates $150,000 ongoing and $150,000 one-time from the Education Fund to the University of Utah - University Neuropsychiatric Institute to implement the School Safety and Crisis Line as outlined in the bill. Enactment of the bill could reduce costs for the Legislature by $1,600 per year for fewer legislators serving on the commission.
STEM Technology Pipeline$0$360,000
OngoingOne-TimeFinancing Source
$0$360,000Education Fund, One-time
No Description
STEM Technology Pipeline - DSU$0$100,000
OngoingOne-TimeFinancing Source
$0$100,000Education Fund, One-time
No Description
STEM Technology Pipeline - SUU$0$100,000
OngoingOne-TimeFinancing Source
$0$100,000Education Fund, One-time
No Description
SWATC Allied Health Building O&M Reduction$0 ($228,100)
OngoingOne-TimeFinancing Source
$0 ($228,100)Education Fund, One-time
Reduce O&M based on completion date from DFCM.
Tuition Projections$53,940,900$0
OngoingOne-TimeFinancing Source
$53,940,900$0Dedicated Credits Revenue
No Description
UCAT Campus Equity$3,000,000$0
OngoingOne-TimeFinancing Source
$3,000,000$0Education Fund
This funding will facilitate service to each of the regions. The funding splits for each campus were determined by UCAT and approved by their board of trustees. The funding splits focus on membership hour production, service region populations, student headcount, and specific campus needs.
USHE O & M$0 ($1,766,800)
OngoingOne-TimeFinancing Source
$0 ($1,766,800)Education Fund, One-time
Operations and Maintenance of State-Funded Facilities USU - (1,176,600) WSU - (590,200)
USU Fine Arts Complex Addition O&M$175,900 ($175,900)
OngoingOne-TimeFinancing Source
$175,900$0Education Fund
$0 ($175,900)Education Fund, One-time
This pays for future O&M on a non-state funded building authorized in S.B. 9.
USU Tooele O & M$260,000$0
OngoingOne-TimeFinancing Source
$260,000$0Education Fund
No Description
Utah Research Institute for Mine Safety and Productivity$0$10,000
OngoingOne-TimeFinancing Source
$0$10,000General Fund, One-time
Enactment of this legislation likely will not materially impact state revenue. This bill appropriates $9,999 one-time in FY 2016 for the Utah Research Institute for Mine Safety and Productivity.
Utah Wellness Program$1,500,000$0
OngoingOne-TimeFinancing Source
$1,500,000$0Education Fund
To help Utah State in a bid for a conference through outreach. Sen. Hillyard requested $1.5 million
UU Orson Spencer Hall Redevelopment O&M$1,049,500 ($1,049,500)
OngoingOne-TimeFinancing Source
$1,049,500$0Education Fund
$0 ($1,049,500)Education Fund, One-time
This pays for future O&M on a non-state funded building authorized in S.B. 9.
UU William C. Browning Building Addition O&M$199,700 ($199,700)
OngoingOne-TimeFinancing Source
$199,700$0Education Fund
$0 ($199,700)Education Fund, One-time
This pays for future O&M on a non-state funded building authorized in S.B. 9.
Veterans Tuition Gap$0$60,000
OngoingOne-TimeFinancing Source
$0$60,000General Fund, One-time
Provide tuition assistance to Veterans (see SB 16 2014 GS)

Statute

The following laws govern the operations of the Utah System of Higher Education:

  • UCA 53B-1-101 defines the purpose of the Utah System of Higher Education.
  • UCA 53B-1-102 cites the institutions in the Utah System of Higher Education.
  • UCA 53B-1-103 establishes the State Board of Regents and enumerates its powers and authority.
  • UCA 53B-1-104 defines the membership of the Board of Regents and the administrative functions associated with their appointments.
  • UCA 53B-1-105 outlines the appointment and duties of the Commissioner of Higher Education.
  • UCA 53B-1-107 requires an annual report of the activities of the State Board of Regents.
  • UCA 53B-6-101 (2) directs the Board of Regents to establish and define the role and programs of each institution.
  • UCA 53B-16-102 (5) provides the Board of Regents with the authority to establish branches, extension centers, and programs.

The following is a list of the institutions in the Utah System of Higher Education, by type:

Research Universities

The University of Utah (U of U) is considered the flagship institution of the USHE. The University focuses on instruction, research, and innovation, particularly at the graduate level. The University's mission is to disseminate knowledge through teaching, publication, artistic presentation, and community engagement. Through its research functions, it emphasizes innovations, technology transfer, and commercialization. The University is also a primary provider of trained professionals in medicine, pharmacy, law, and engineering.

Utah State University (USU) serves as the State's land-grant university, providing research, public services, and education throughout the state. In addition to its extension services, the University also provides access to higher education through its community college role at its regional campuses and other areas of the state. USU's research focuses on aerospace, agriculture, life sciences, energy, and engineering. USU's regional campuses were expanded in 2010 to include Utah State University - Eastern (formerly College of Eastern Utah) with campuses in Price and Blanding.

Regional/Comprehensive Universities

Weber State University (WSU) is a comprehensive regional state university that also retains a community college mission. Weber State University serves as an educational, cultural and economic center for its region, offering associate, baccalaureate and selected master degree programs in a broad variety of liberal arts, sciences, technical and professional fields. To accomplish its mission, the university, in partnership with the broader community, engages in research, artistic expression, public service, economic development, and community-based learning experiences.

Southern Utah University (SUU) is the state's designated liberal arts and sciences university. It provides a broad-based college experience, stressing experiential, integrative and personalized learning in a residential setting. SUU provides programs to meet unique regional needs and concerns. SUU is a destination for students interested in the kinds of educational experiences typically found at a private university with the affordability of a public institution, with particular focus on high quality programs in the arts, sciences, pre-professional, professional and graduate fields.

Utah Valley University (UVU) is a comprehensive regional university dedicated to student success through certificates, associate and baccalaureate degrees, and a targeted number of master's degrees. UVU emphasizes engaged learning and participation in serving the needs of the local community through the development of productive partnerships with government, civic associations, and private industry.

Dixie State University (DSU) is an open access, comprehensive regional institution with a mission of providing general and liberal education, as well as applied technology programs. Students may earn certificates, associates, and baccalaureate degrees. DSU is an open enrollment institution whose mission is focused on educational access for all students. The university promotes cultural and demographic diversity. DSU transitioned to a university on July 1, 2013, following the passage of House Bill 61, which was approved during the 2013 General Session.

Community Colleges

Snow College (SC) is the state's rural, residential two-year college, providing students with the opportunity for a higher education experience in a small, personalized, residential campus setting. In addition to providing general education courses, the college provides career and technical education, primarily at its Richfield campus. Snow offers a broad range of general/liberal education and vocational/technical programs leading to Associate of Arts, Science or Applied Science degrees, in addition to numerous specialized, short-term vocational training certificates and diplomas.

Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) is an open access, comprehensive community college, offering a full range of academic programs and economic development opportunities. SLCC specializes in career and technical education, as well as general education for transfer to four-year institutions. SLCC is a leader in the translation of occupational competencies into college credit and small business innovation, growth and sustainability through training and access to business development infrastructure.

Career and Technical College

Utah College of Applied Technology (UCAT) with its eight regional applied technology college campuses located throughout the State provides market-driven career and technical education (CTE) to meet the needs of Utah's employers for technically-skilled workers to promote local and statewide economic development. It strives to do so efficiently and effectively through collaborative partnerships with business and industry between the educational systems. UCAT offers quality educational programs and innovative delivery systems to ensure a skilled and educated workforce. The delivering institutions offer open-entry/open-exit, high quality, competency-based training for secondary and post-secondary students. All eight UCAT campuses are accredited by the Council on Occupational Education.

Some of the issues that the Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee has discussed over the past few years include: Mission-Based Funding, Performance-Based Funding, Equity, Completion Rates, Using Technology to Improve Results, and College Preparedness.

Mission-Based Funding has provided direction (through SB 97, 2011 General Session) and funding to encourage institutions to emphasize their specific mission and become more effective in providing educational programs that fit that mission.

Performance-Based Funding has been discussed for a couple of years, but funding was first approved during the 2013 General Session for FY 2014. The Legislature approved $1 million (one-time) for institutions that show improvements in one or more of six specific areas. During the 2014 General Session, $1.5 million (one-time) was approved to continue this effort. Additional detail is found in the Board of Regents' line item.

Equity funding is in response to an independent study which determined that USHE institutions should be less reliant on tuition funding and receive additional state support. Funding was approved for FY 2013, FY 2014, and FY 2015 and was distributed according to the study's recommendation to the eight USHE institutions.

Completion rates look at how many first-time, full-time students complete their degree in a given time period. Discussions have centered on how to increase this rate by having more students graduate and achieve this more quickly. Many factors affect whether a student will graduate and if they are able to do so in a timely manner. Reports indicate that the longer a student takes to graduate, the less likely that student is to complete the graduation requirements. One way to increase the completion rates uses technology, such as the Technology-Intensive Concurrent Enrollment core courses developed by the Board of Regents to help high school students complete requirements prior to entering college.

The Subcommittee has discussed college readiness. Studies prove that high school students who are prepared for higher education are more successful than students who are not as prepared. The Legislature approved the development of an online tool to assist high school students to determine their readiness and provide resources in areas where the student may need remediation assistance.

During the 2014 General Session, the Legislature appropriated a total budget of $1,562,335,000 for FY 2015, which includes $431,920,700 from the General Fund and $443,764,600 from the Education Fund.

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COBI contains unaudited data as presented to the Legislature by state agencies at the time of publication. For audited financial data see the State of Utah's Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports.