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President Napolitano's Message

Dear UC Faculty Member:

Welcome to Winter Quarter 2015! I hope your winter holiday was enjoyable and that you are entering the new term with enthusiasm.

You and your colleagues make UC great. The Regents, Chancellors, other colleagues, and I are committed to providing an environment in which you can thrive and the University can excel in all aspects of its mission. To that end, I want to bring you up to date on efforts to achieve both adequate funding for the University of California and also predictable costs and revenue for campuses, students, and their families.

In November 2014, the Board of Regents approved several budget items designed to maintain UC’s academic excellence in teaching, research, and service; expand undergraduate access for California students; and maintain our robust return to aid program that allows more than 55 percent of undergraduates to pay no tuition to attend UC--and to achieve these goals with a long-term plan that creates predictability for everyone. You have seen firsthand the sacrifices that campuses have made over the last several years of decreased funding and know that adequate State investment in the University is essential to maintaining quality, access, and affordability. The plan to increase UC’s funding relies on roughly equal contributions from the State, student tuition and fees, and University cost reductions and fundraising. Tuition and fees could be raised a maximum of five percent per year for five years. That could be reduced or eliminated if the Governor and the State provide additional funding. For more information, please review the attached summary and go to http://budget.universityofcalifornia.edu/.

I am working with the Legislature and the Governor to increase the State’s investment in UC, which is an investment in the future of California as well as a means of avoiding tuition increases. It is an ongoing process. On January 9, the Governor released his proposed 2015-16 budget for California. The proposal that Governor Brown released is only the first step in the process of enacting a State budget. While I am disappointed the Governor did not include sufficient revenue to expand enrollment of California students and reinvest in academic quality at the University, I am hopeful that continued discussions with the Governor and the Legislature will yield a budget that maintains the access, affordability, and excellence for which the University of California is renowned.

As President of the University, it is my privilege and obligation to maintain UC’s standing as the top public research university in the world while increasing access and affordability for Californians. I ask that you as faculty continue in all your efforts to sustain excellence in UC’s teaching, research, and public service and that you take every opportunity to let others know just how good the University is.

Fiat Lux!

Yours very truly,

Janet Napolitano

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