21, No. 6, Sept. 20, 2001
Board gets 2003 budget, told terrorist
attack could impact request
UIC News Bureau
The economic effects of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks could affect
next years UI budget, administrators said before presenting a
preliminary budget to trustees last week.
"The impact of the last 48 hours introduces an element of uncertainty
about the economy," Stephen Rugg, associate vice president for
planning and budgeting, said at the UI Board of Trustees meeting in
Chicago Sept. 13.
The total university budget request for FY 2003 totals $2.88 billion,
compared with last years $2.5 billion.
Salary increases and new buildings are the priorities for the budget.
If requested salary increases are fully funded for the universitys
fiscal year 2003, they would equal a 5 percent across-the-board increase.
Usually, the increase hovers around the 3 percent mark.
The universitys second priority lies with the buildings that house
"Creation of state-of-the-art facilities is a close second for
our budgeting priorities," Rugg said. The university is asking
for about $847 million more to add to its $1 billion operating budget
a 7.87 percent increase including:
- $41.8 million for salary and benefit improvements and general price
- $102 million for an Illinois Board of Higher Education plan that
stresses faculty recruitment and retention and renovation of facilities
- $106 million for "strengthening the academic base," including
faculty recruitment, student retention, instructional technology and
- $220 million for universitywide academic program initiatives, including
a deferred maintenance fund and UI-Integrate, which will streamline
business operations on campus.
The capital budget includes funding for projects under construction
and projects still in the planning phases. The university has identified
10 priority projects for its capital budget request:
- UIC - about $28 million for repair and renovation of buildings;
$5.5 million for planning of a new College of Business Administration
building; $5.7 million for property acquisition; $8.6 million for
The university will seek another $25 million for the College of Medicine
building as part of the states ongoing commitment to the project.
"This will be another high priority," said Craig Bazzani,
vice president for administration and comptroller.
- Urbana-Champaign - $5.3 million for general repairs and renovations;
$46 million to the Lincoln Hall remodeling project, $4 million toward
the planning of a College of Business Administration facility; $2.3
million for property acquisition; $22 million for Freer Hall remodeling;
$11.9 million toward the remodeling of Burrill Hall.
About $15 million would go to the Springfield campus, along with $330,000
toward repair and renovation of existing buildings.
Three other large projects were approved by the board.
The board will try to secure additional funding to construct a $55
million biomedical genomics laboratory at UIC with $13.5 million this
year for planning and land acquisition.
The Urbana campus is asking for $175 million for agriculture and biotechnology
initiatives. About $60 million will go toward the construction of
a food and nutrition institute, with $6 million for planning.
The board earmarked more than $115 million for improvements to Urbanas
South Farm, including new complexes for beef, sheep and swine. The
Illinois Board of Higher Education will make its recommendations to
Gov. George Ryan, who will submit his budget to the Legislature in
the spring. "There are multiple missions here and lots of activity,"