Strategic Growth Plan, Bond Accountability

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UC Front-End Accountability Prop 1D

Administrating Agency University of California
Bond Proposition 1D
Department Name University of California campuses
Program Title Capital Outlay, University of California
Bond Statute Education Code 101040 (b)


Serving more than 211,000 students in undergraduate, graduate, and professional educational programs, the University of California (UC) system is composed of 10 campuses, located in Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz, and operates 150 institutes, centers bureaus, and research laboratories throughout the state. The San Francisco campus is devoted exclusively to the health sciences. In addition, the University operates five teaching hospitals and numerous regional clinics. The UC system has almost 5,500 buildings with 112 million gross square feet on approximately 30,000 acres.

Bond Expenditure Criteria: The University’s decisions to allocate infrastructure funds must carefully respond to the competing needs among the campuses to accommodate enrollment growth, address seismic and life safety needs, and renew or modernize existing infrastructure.

For example, the Berkeley campus is challenged by a substantial need to provide seismic corrections in many existing facilities. In contrast, the San Diego campus has experienced significant enrollment growth over the past 8 years requiring new facilities to support that growth. Because the infrastructure needs of each campus are quite different, the University of California allocates its State capital funds so that these competing needs can begin to be addressed in a balanced manner. Bond proceeds may be used to support:

• Design costs
• The acquisition of land for future facilities
• Construction and reconstruction of facilities on existing or new campuses or off-campus centers
• Construction of facilities that may be shared with other segments of Higher Education
• Renovation of existing facilities
• Capital equipment for facilities

Bond Allocation Process:
Under the California Master Plan for Higher Education, the University of California is responsible for undergraduate, graduate, and professional instruction, public service, and research. The University is the primary state-supported institution responsible for doctoral education and has exclusive responsibility for professional education in law, medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine.

Decisions regarding how bond funds are allocated are the result of the efforts of both the University campuses and the Office of the President, the systemwide administrative office that coordinates budget and planning activities for the entire UC system. On an on-going basis, campus staff analyze their facilities as they relate to enrollment growth, seismic and life safety requirements, infrastructure renewal, and program modernization needs to identify serious deficiencies in the amount of space available or the condition of the existing space, and to analyze options for addressing those deficiencies.

After determining the amount of bond funds that are likely to be available for the University and after comprehensive consultation with the campuses regarding their long-term infrastructure needs, the Office of the President establishes five-year budget targets for each campus. Then, based on its internal assessment of needs, each campus proposes an annual update of its five-year capital program to reflect its highest priorities for funding projects within the amount of bond funding expected to be available for that campus.

Annually, each campus proposes to the Office of the President a number of specific capital outlay projects for State funding in the next budget cycle. The proposed projects are the result of intensive and detailed planning based on the campus’s individual program needs and some preliminary pre-design work. Before a project is included in the University’s capital outlay budget proposal, the Office of the President works with each campus to ensure that the proposed project fits into the overall needs of the campus as well as the University as a whole. In addition, the Office of the President reviews the campus’s pre-design work and collaborates with the campus to refine the project. This annual process encourages decisions that carefully allocate the limited funds to projects that address the highest priorities of the campus and University. It also ensures that each project will have outcomes that can be identified and measured. For example, if a campus objective is to address enrollment growth needs, this process will identify the amount and kind of space that is needed and how much of that need will be met by a specific facility. During review of the project design and once the project is completed, the University can determine if the project provides the expected additional space.