This fall's unanticipated enrollment boom at Utah colleges and universities is expected to prompt the State Board of Regents to seek an additional $5.66 million in state funds to, in part, hire temporary faculty.
"If supplemental funding is not received, institutions will not be able to meet the needs of all of the projected students in winter and spring quarter," Commissioner of Higher Education Wm. Rolfe Kerr said in a memo to the regents.The 16-member governing board of Utah higher education met Thursday afternoon, in a special session, over the
state's satellite system to discuss the supplemental request.
No decision had been reached by press time, but the regents were expected to approve the commissioner's $5.66 million recommendation, which will be forwarded to the governor and Utah Legislature. They had agreed to the concept of an enrollment supplement at their October meeting but waited until this month for final approval so the commissioner's staff could recommend an exact amount.
The commissioner's memo recommends a total growth supplemental of $11.07 million, with $5.66 million in state funds and $5.41 million in tuition from the new students.
Fall quarter enrollment jumped by 6,541 full- and part-time students - or 8.06 percent - over fall '89 enrollment. The increase in full-time-equivalent students was 3,544 or 5.90 percent.
The total full-time-equivalent enrollment stands at 66,952, but the schools received funding for only 62,506 full-time-equivalent students. That leaves 4,446full-time-equivalent students unfunded by legislative appropriation.
The commissioner's memo said the state funds request was only one-half of that needed for this academic year since the students were already financed fall quarter.
"Institutions have provided this funding by temporarily reallocating resources and by spending higher percentages of annual budgets this fall. Therefore, supplemental funding is needed to fund the additional students winter and spring quarters," the memo said.
Salt Lake Community College, the state's fastest-growing college, would get the largest supplemental - $2.05 million. Utah Valley Community College, which switched to the semester system this fall, did not grow as expected this year and would not receive a supplemental appropriation.
The one-time supplemental would come out of the state surplus, but higher education is expected to face stiff competition from other state agencies in lobbying for dollars.
U. of U. $1.01 million
USU 1.44 million
SLCC 2.05 million
Total $5.66 million