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Budget Proposal Includes Boost for UC

State Budget Proposal Looks Good to UC Riverside

Chancellor Córdova said state funding will be more stable than in past years, and there is encouragement for additional medical education

(January 10, 2006)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- UC Riverside Chancellor France A. Córdova said Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s $5.08 billion spending plan for the University of California in 2006-2007 bodes well for higher education in general, and for UCR’s finances and future in particular.

The governor's budget proposal provides a 3 percent increase in basic budget support and a 2.5 percent increase for enrollment growth, compared to last year’s budget, an increase that makes it possible to continue to give raises to faculty and staff.

“Overall, it is good for UCR,” Córdova said. “We are particularly grateful that the governor wants to give our students a reprieve from fee increases which have been such a hardship for many of them. However, we are concerned that his budget provides no funding for academic preparation programs, which help us encourage and prepare K-12 students for higher education."

She also said she felt encouraged by the Governor’s proposal to expand medical education in the state for the first time in 30 years. “Since the emphasis will be on better serving the underserved, UCR's proposed medical school, which would directly target the most medically underserved region of the State, should be on the table for consideration," she said.

In March 2006, UCR will formally submit a proposal for a medical school to a special committee appointed by UC President Robert Dynes. That school, along with a new health sciences research institute, make up the Health Sciences Initiative. “With our existing biomedical sciences program and more than 80 faculty in related fields such as immunology, genomics, nanoscience, and public health, UCR has a strong foundation upon which to build a medical school,” Córdova said.

During 2006-2007, UCR expects approximately $36 million in state funding for capital projects. These are projects that have been planned. The projects for 2006-2007 include:

Student Academic Support Services building, construction phase, $18 million.

Phase II Geology building renovations, $9 million

Two phases for the Culver Center for the Arts, including the working drawings and construction, $9 million (with $4.3 million in non-state funding.)

Preliminary plans for the Boyce and Webber Hall renovation project, $900,000.

Another possible benefit for UC Riverside in the budget proposal is additional funding provided for the University’s science and math initiative, which will dramatically expand the training of high-quality K-12 science and math teachers to bolster California’s long-term competitiveness.

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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