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Report 99-4: Fiscal Profiles, 1999: The Ninth in a Series of Factbooks About the Financing of California Higher Education

Published by The California Postsecondary Education Commission

October 1999

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This report contains and analyzes statistical information about the financing of California postsecondary education from the 1965-66 fiscal year through 1999-2000 year. In addition, there is information on California public elementary and secondary education financing as well as State government in general. The Commission compiles, disseminates and analyzes this information to provide policy makers with comprehensive and comparable financial data that can be used in comparative analysis of higher education finance issues. This document also provides an efficient and accurate response to the many questions that the Commission receives each year.

The ninth in a series, this report retains the prior-year formatting but has added two statistical displays: (1) separate displays of information on Proposition 98 funding for public K-12 education and the California Community Colleges and the "State Appropriations Limit" (Displays 11 and 12); and (2) separate displays of information on instruction-related revenues for California's three public postsecondary education systems (Displays 16-18).

Among major highlights, the report shows that the 1999-2000 State Budget:

  • A more than $200 million combined increase in public system enrollment funding; $117 million for 3.5 percent growth in funded enrollments at community colleges, $52 million for enrollment increases of nearly 8,400 students at the State University, and $43 million for FTES growth of 5,500 students at the University of California.
  • A reduction in resident undergraduate systemwide student-fee charges beyond that called for in legislation passed last year. For the State University and the University of California, these fees are reduced by five-percent and at the community colleges by one dollar-per-unit, or eight percent. Graduate student fees are also reduced by five percent below the fee level in 1997-98.
  • $21.5 million for expansion of the Cal Grant Program, which will add more than 7,700 new Cal Grant A, B and C awards for financially needy students, and $2.4 million to increase the maximum award for students attending independent institutions; and
  • Total K-12 spending, including funding sources not listed in the Governor's budget, is more than $42 billion, an increase of $2.4 billion (6 percent) over the current year and K-12 State General Fund spending rises to $26.4 billion, an increase of $1.6 billion (6.6 percent).

The report documents the State economy's recent better-than-expected performance. It shows that the past three budgets have seen unanticipated revenue growth for the State of California in excess of ten billion dollars in total. Unlike past years, however, the 1999-00 budget uses some of these extra monies for significant infrastructure investments. Given the more than $100 billion in documented public sector repair and replacement needs, this year's funding priorities are significant.

The Fiscal Policy and Analysis Committee of the Commission discussed this report at its meeting of August 23, 1999.

Related Topics: Budgeting and Financing of Higher Education

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