Napolitano Thanks Budget Advocates

UC President credits state interactions for positive final budget

The Legislature passed the 2015-16 state budget last week. Here is a recap of what this means for UCLA and the University of California as a whole.

Dear Friend of UC,

The Legislature passed the 2015-16 state budget last week, and I would like to provide you with a recap of what this means for the University of California.

First, I wish to extend my deepest appreciation to all of you who took time to reach out to our legislators in Sacramento as well as to the Governor. Your collective efforts were instrumental in helping to achieve positive outcomes for UC, its students and our campuses.

By adopting the provisions of the funding framework agreed to by the Governor and the University, the budget approved by the Legislature puts UC in a strong financial position that provides the University with predictable and stable support for the next four years and offers students and their families the certainty to confidently budget for the costs of a UC education.

The budget agreement also provides $25 million for undergraduate resident enrollment growth at UC. This funding could be a substantial first step toward achieving UC’s goal of enrolling almost 10,000 new California undergraduate and graduate students over four years, beginning in the 2016-17 academic year. We are grateful that the Legislature and the Governor share our goal of enrolling more California students. We look forward to analyzing the provisions accompanying this funding over the coming months and continuing conversations with the Legislature and the Governor about enrollment growth.

I couldn’t be more proud of the UC advocates who made calls, sent thousands of emails, met with legislators, participated in conference calls with me and stepped up to advocate for the greatest public university system in the world. You did make a difference, and I am so appreciative of your hard work!

Now, let me share the highlights of this budget.

Yours truly,

Janet Napolitano
UC President

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