Governor Deval Patrick's Budget Recommendation - House 1 Fiscal Year 2010

Governor's Budget Recommendation FY 2010

Campus Appropriations Consolidation

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Governor Patrick    FY2010 House 1 Budget Recommendation:
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    Deval L. Patrick, Governor
    Timothy P. Murray, Lt. Governor


Governor’s Proposal

The fiscal year 2010 House 1 recommendation includes a new consolidated budget structure to fund the 15 community colleges, 9 state colleges, the 5 university campuses and specific university programs. The consolidated approach provides maximum flexibility to leaders in the Education Secretariat and Department of Higher Education leaders to manage within limited resources.  In these challenging economic times, more students are considering attending our state’s strong public higher education system, seeking an affordable, high-quality education.  As more students look toward our public higher education system, the campuses are met with the challenge of expanding their delivery of a world class education with diminishing resources.  These real challenges and the recognition that each campus has unique programs and finances led to consolidating the disparate accounts into 3 separate line items.

FY2009 GAA Structure FY 2010 H.1 Proposed Structure
71000200University of Massachusetts 
71000300Toxics Use Reduction Institute - University of Massachusetts Lowell 
71000500Commonwealth College Honors Program7100-0200 University of Massachusetts
71000700Office of Dispute Resolution 
71090100Bridgewater State College 
71100100Fitchburg State College 
71120100Framingham State College
71130100Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts 
71140100Salem State College7100-3000 Massachusetts State Colleges
71150100Westfield State College 
71160100Worcester State College
71170100Massachusetts College of Art 
71180100Massachusetts Maritime Academy 
75020100Berkshire Community College
75030100Bristol Community College 
75040100Cape Cod Community College
75050100Greenfield Community College 
75060100Holyoke Community College 
75070100Massachusetts Bay Community College 
75080100Massasoit Community College 
75090100Mount Wachusett Community College7100-4000 Massachusetts Community Colleges
75100100Northern Essex Community College 
75110100North Shore Community College 
75120100Quinsigamond Bay Community College 
75140100Springfield Technical Community College 
75150100Roxbury Community College
75160100Middlesex Essex Community College 
75180100Bunker Hill Community College 

Massachusetts’s public higher education system includes 56 campuses, satellites and other classroom locations across the state.  The public higher education system is governed by the Department of Higher Education and its Board and is committed to ensuring that all residents have the opportunity to benefit from a post-secondary education that enriches their lives and advances their contributions to civic life, economic development and social progress in the Commonwealth.  Budgeting for these institutions is a great challenge and the Department of Higher Education and its Board utilize two budget formulas – one for the state and community colleges and the other for the University – to determine total operating requirements at each individual campus and then allocates state support in a manner that is transparent, equitable, and is based on quantifiable data.  The budget formulas are premised on both aspirational and policy targets, and use a wide variety of financial and institutional metrics to determine total annual operating requirements.

The Commonwealth and the rest of the country are coping with a severe economic and fiscal decline that present new budgeting challenges not previously encountered. In this environment the public higher education institutions will need to deliberately and creatively manage their budgets. The individual institutions will be faced with unique challenges due to anticipated enrollment increases, various capacity capabilities of the campuses, and different levels of reserve funds.  The new consolidated line item structure presents a significant shift in the approach to budgeting that will allow campuses to make unique proposals to the Department of Higher Education and the Executive Office of Education to request funds based on the factors that can assist the institutions in continuing to provide high-quality education at a competitive level while managing to continue operations during this recovery period.

Prepared by the Executive Office for Administration and Finance · Rooms 373 & 272 · State House
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