Brown and Budget Committee reach deal

For UC, the headline is a funding increase of $144 million over 2015-16. However, $19 million of that would only be available if UC schools enroll at least 2,500 more California residents by 2017-18 and the Regents adopt a policy capping out-of-state enrollment (it’s not clear if the cap has to be at a certain level). It also appears the committee voted against a move to make UC cut a new retirement plan option that would mostly benefit high-earners (discussed at length here). Both chambers still need to approve the deal.

Media coverage: LA Times, Capital Public Radio, SacBee

Here’s a rundown of what’s included in the UC package, quoted from the conference committee’s agenda.

1) Increase above Governor’s Budget of $18.5 million General Fund, for a total increase of $143.9 million ongoing General Fund above 2015-16. The $18.5 million will be released in May 2017 if UC enrolls 2,500 more residents by 2017-18 and the UC Board of Regents adopts a policy capping nonresident enrollment.

2) Adopt Trailer Bill Language to increase the number of undergraduate resident students admitted to UC who are from high schools that enroll 75% or more of unduplicated pupils (low-income, English learners and foster youth).

3) $20 million one-time General Fund for student outreach and student support services for low-income and underrepresented minority students, including students who are enrolled in LCFF Formula Plus schools.

4) $22 million one-time General Fund for UC Innovation and Entrepreneurship program. Budget Bill Language stating that funding distribution and program details will be determined in pending legislation.

5) Senate version on state audits of UC.

6) $2 million in one-time General Fund to support equal employment opportunity activities plus reporting language regarding faculty diversity and how funding was spent.

7) $4 million one-time General Fund to support the UC Scout program to provide California students and teachers free A-G course materials aligned to California state standards.

8) Senate version on firearms violence research center ($5 million one-time General Fund), nonresident admissions standards, Charles Drew Medical School.

9) Assembly version on reporting on outside compensation for executives, cost of instruction, and increasing degree production to meet future state workforce needs.

10) Rescind Assembly and Senate action to provide $6 million General Fund for graduate student enrollment.

11) Adopt Trailer Bill Language eliminating the sunset date of the UC Subject Matter Projects.

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