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Report 95-11: Fiscal Profiles, 1995: The Fifth in a Series of Factbooks About the Financing of California Higher Education

Published by The California Postsecondary Education Commission

August 1995

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This report contains statistical information about California higher education from the 1965-66 fiscal year through the 1995-96 year, along with related information on State financing in general and public elementary and secondary education in particular. The fifth in a series, it follows the format of the Commission's October 1994 Fiscal Profiles. The Commission compiles, disseminates and analyzes this information to provide policy makers with comprehensive and comparable financial data than can be used in comparative analysis of higher education finance issues. Secondly, this document provides an efficient and accurate response to the many questions on this subject that the Commission receives each year.

New is a display showing the "State Appropriations Limit" (the Gann Limit) and funding for California public elementary and secondary education, and the California Community Colleges provided under "Proposition 98." In addition, this report contains substantially updated information on appropriations for instruction-related activities, by major fund source, per funded full-time-equivalent student in the California Community Colleges, the California State University, and the University of California. The biggest change to this year's edition is the inclusion of 11 displays of information on independent colleges and universities in California, compiled by the Association for Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU).

Among the highlights of the information in this report: the State's funding commitment to public postsecondary education, relative to other "caseload-driven" expenditures such as Corrections, continues to wane; increases in resident student fees in the University of California and the California State University systems continue to outpace growth in State and national inflation indices; the proportions of the California State University and the University of California's respective budgets which comes from the State General Fund has declined significantly, while the proportion of funds at each system which is derived from student fees has risen significantly; and California's combined (state, federal and local) per capita expenditures for higher education are higher than those at any of the seven most populous states in the country.

The report shows that, preliminarily, California higher education fares better in the recently passed 1995-96 budget than at any other time this decade. The budget also implements a policy decision not to increase resident undergraduate and graduate student fees. However, public sector enrollment growth is not fully funded in the budget and there are still great unmet need in the area of student financial aid. If State economic assumptions are accurate, the subsequent increase in State revenues may soon give California the opportunity to rebuild its higher education enterprise

The Fiscal Policy and Analysis Committee of the Commission discussed this report at its meeting on August 28, 1995.

Related Topics: Budgeting and Financing of Higher Education

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