2022-23 California State Budget Excerpt: Higher Education and University of California Investments

2022-23 California State Budget Excerpt: Higher Education and University of California Investments

On June 30, 2022, the California Department of Finance published the California State Budget Full Budget Summary, 2022-23 (PDF).

The following is an excerpt of the enacted budget's Higher Education section, which begins on page 31 of the document (p. 35 in the PDF):

Higher Education

The Budget reflects multi-year compacts with the University of California (UC) and the California State University (CSU), and a multi-year roadmap with the California Community Colleges (CCCs), that focus on shared priorities benefitting students. These shared priorities include increasing access to the UC and CSU, improving student success and advancing equity, increasing the affordability of higher education, increasing intersegmental collaboration to benefit students, and supporting workforce preparedness and high-demand career pipelines.

The Budget includes total funding of $41.6 billion ($28.6 billion General Fund and local property tax and $13 billion other funds) for all higher education entities in 2022-23. The state’s three public segments—the UC, the CSU, and the CCCs—each receive substantial ongoing base augmentations, and the Budget includes significant investments to make postsecondary education more affordable, including investments in low-income student housing, and expansions to financial aid and student success programs.

University of California

The Budget reflects a multi-year compact that includes substantial and sustained funding increases for the UC, in exchange for clear commitments to expand student access, equity, and affordability, and to create pathways to high-demand career opportunities.

Notable ongoing investments for the UC include: 

  • Base Growth—An increase of approximately $200.5 million ongoing General Fund for operating costs, representing a five-percent base increase in ongoing General Fund resources.
  • Resident Undergraduate Enrollment Growth—An increase of $67.8 million ongoing General Fund to support California resident undergraduate student enrollment growth of 6,230 full-time equivalent students between 2018-19 and 2023-24. In addition, the Budget provides $31 million ongoing General Fund to offset revenue reductions associated with the replacement of 902 nonresident undergraduate students enrolled at three campuses with an equivalent number of California resident undergraduate students at these campuses in 2022-23.
  • Support Student Academic Preparation and Educational Partnership (SAPEP) Programs—An increase of $22.5 million ongoing General Fund for SAPEP programs.
  • UC Labor Centers—An increase of $13 million ongoing General Fund to support the operations of existing UC Labor Centers and Occupational Safety and Health Programs, and invest in similar new initiatives throughout the UC system.
  • Foster Youth Supports—An increase of $6 million ongoing General Fund to increase support for foster youth students.
  • UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources—An increase of approximately $5.4 million ongoing General Fund to increase support for the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
  • Undocumented Student Support—An increase of $5 million ongoing General Fund to support undocumented students.
  • Underground Scholars—An increase of $4 million ongoing General Fund to increase support for the Underground Scholars program.
  • Firearm Research—An increase of $2 million ongoing General Fund to support research conducted by the UC Firearm Violence Research Center.
  • ASSIST Integration for Independent Institutions—An increase of $1.5 million General Fund, $650,000 of which is ongoing, to integrate member institutions of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities onto the ASSIST platform. ASSIST provides prospective transfer students with information on course transferability to four-year institutions.
  • Research on Economic Impact of Climate Change—An increase of $379,000 General Fund, of which $75,000 is ongoing, for the UC Los Angeles (UCLA) Anderson School of Management to include climate change economic impacts by California region in the UCLA Anderson Forecast economic forecasting model for California.

Notable one-time investments for the UC include: 

  • Institute for Immunology and Immunotherapy—An increase of $500 million one-time General Fund over a three-year period ($200 million in 2022-23, with an additional $200 million in 2023-24 and $100 million in 2024-25 planned for this purpose) to establish the Institute for Immunology and Immunotherapy at UCLA, bringing together academics and researchers for collaborative research to maintain California’s leading edge in biotechnology.
  • Climate Initiatives—An increase of $185 million one-time General Fund to support climate initiatives, including $100 million for climate action research seed and matching grants, and grants for projects at UC Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centers to incentivize and expand climate innovation and entrepreneurship; $47 million for climate initiatives at UC Riverside; $20 million for climate initiatives at UC Santa Cruz; and $18 million for climate initiatives at UC Merced.
  • Deferred Maintenance, Seismic Mitigation, and Energy Efficiency—An increase of $125 million one-time General Fund for deferred maintenance, seismic mitigation, and energy efficiency projects at UC campuses.
  • UC Riverside and UC Merced Infrastructure—An increase of $249 million one-time General Fund over a three-year period ($83 million one-time General Fund in each of 2022-23, 2023-24 and 2024-25) to support campus expansion projects at the Riverside and Merced campuses.
  • UC Berkeley Clean Energy Campus—An increase of $249 million one-time General Fund over a three-year period ($83 million one-time General Fund in each of 2022-23, 2023-24 and 2024-25) to support the UC Berkeley Clean Energy Campus project.
  • Dyslexia Research—An increase of $10 million one-time General Fund to support the University of California San Francisco Dyslexia Center.
  • Ralph J. Bunche Center—An increase of $5 million one-time General Fund to support the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African-American Studies at UCLA.
  • Center for Responsible, Decentralized Intelligence—An increase of $2.5 million one-time General Fund to support the Center for Responsible, Decentralized Intelligence at UC Berkeley, which promotes research, education, and entrepreneurship in blockchain and Web3.
  • Additional Investments—An increase of approximately $57.5 million one-time General Fund to support various programs, services, and research at UC campuses.

To view additional highlights related to the California State University system and other higher education institutions in California, student aid, student housing and summary charts of the California State Budget, download the California State Budget Full Budget Summary, 2022-23 (PDF) or read more about the enacted budget at the California Budget website.

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