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Program A: Board of Regents for Higher Education

Program Authorization: Constitution of 1974, Article 8, Section 5; Article 7, Section 10.1; Act 237 of 1993 and 459 of 1995

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Role, Scope, and Mission Statement : The Board of Regents will plan, coordinate and have budgetary responsibility for all public higher education as constitutionally prescribed in a manner that is effective and efficient, quality driven and responsive to the needs of citizens, business, industry and government.

The goals of the Board of Regents are:

1. To improve access to public higher education services for all Louisiana citizens.

2. To improve the overall quality and effectiveness of the state’s system of higher education.

3. To expand higher education’s contribution to economic and social development in Louisiana.

4. To increase accountability in the higher education system.

The Board of Regents includes the following activities: Board of Regents, Office of the Commissioner, Budgeting and Financial Planning, Facilities Planning, Academic Program Planning and Review, Research and Management Information Services, Desegregation Consent Decree Compliance and Monitoring, Aid to Independent Colleges and Universities, Southern Regional Education Board Compact, Louisiana Library Network, Louisiana Quality Education Support Fund 8(g), Registration and Licensure of Degree-Granting Institutions, Federal Programs, Louisiana Digital Software Licensure Consortium.

OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

Unless otherwise indicated, all objectives are to be accomplished during or by the end of FY 1999-2000. Performance indicators are made up of two parts: name and value. The indicator name describes what is being measured. The indicator value is the numeric value or level achieved within a given measurement period. For budgeting purposes, performance indicator values are shown for the prior fiscal year, the current fiscal year, and alternative funding scenarios (continuation budget level and Executive Budget recommendation level) for the ensuing fiscal year (the fiscal year of the budget document).

 

 

RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM

SOURCE OF FUNDING

The sources of funding for this program include General Fund, Interagency Transfers, Fees and Self-generated Revenues, Statutory Dedications and Federal Funds. The Interagency Transfers are from the state's universities for the Louisiana Digital Software Consortium, which acts as a site licensing facilitator for state schools. The Fees and Self-generated Revenues are from registration and licensing fees paid by post-secondary, academic degree-granting institutions. The Statutory Dedications are from the Louisiana Education Quality Support [8(g)] Fund for: (1) enhancement of academics and research; (2) recruitment of superior graduate fellows; (3) endowment of chairs; (4) carefully designed research efforts; and (5) administrative expenses. The Higher Education Initiatives Fund: Distance Learning Account, Center for Innovative Teachers and Learning Account, and the Higher Education Library and Scientific Accounting Account. (Per R.S. 39:32B.(8) see table below for a listing of expenditures out of each Statutory Dedicated Fund.) The Federal Funds are from: (1) the United States Department of the Navy, Office of the Chief of Naval Research, to support basic and applied scientific research at education or research institutions, which has a potential for leading to the improvement of naval operations, and to support training and stimulation of future researchers in science and engineering disciplines; (2) the United States Army Material Command, to support basic scientific research that is related to or has potential for leading to the improvement of Army program or operations; (3) the United States Department of Defense, for basic, applied, and advanced research in science and engineering with long-term potential for contributing to technology for defense needs; (4) the National Science Foundation, to provide leadership and support to the nation's efforts to improve the quality and effectiveness of science, mathematics and engineering education, including (a) the Louisiana Collaborative for Excellence in the Preparation of Teachers (LaCEPT) and (b) the Louisiana Consortium for Higher Education Networking (LaCHEN); (5) the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, to disseminate technical information about United States aeronautics and space research and development activities and their results; (6) the United States Department of Energy, to provide financial support for fundamental research, training and related activities in the basic sciences and advanced technology concepts and assessments in fields related to energy; and (7) the United States Department of Education, to (a) improve and maintain high quality science and engineering education programs in minority postsecondary institutions through the Louisiana Alliance for Minority Participation (LAMP), and (b) to assist projects of national significance designed to improve the skills of teachers and the quality of instruction in mathematics and science in the nation's elementary and secondary schools. (Per R.S. 39:32B.(8), see table below for a listing of expenditures out of each Statutory Dedicated fund.)

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$28,866,720

$95,546,403

61

 

ACT 19 FISCAL YEAR 1998-1999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$4,617

$4,617

0

 

Increase in General Fund for buildings renovations

 

 

 

 

 

$28,871,337

$95,551,020

61

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET – November 20, 1998

 

 

 

 

 

$9,312

$9,312

0

Annualization of FY 1998-1999 Classified State Employees Merit Increase

$15,664

$15,664

0

Classified State Employees Merit Increases for FY 1999-2000

($4,390)

($4,390)

0

 

Risk Management Adjustment

$75,000

$79,048

0

Acquisitions and Major Repairs

($75,000)

($79,048)

0

Nonrecurring Acquisitions and Major Repairs

($618)

($618)

0

Legislative Auditor Fees

$420

$420

0

UPS Fees

($24,976)

($24,976)

0

Attrition Adjustment

$218

$218

0

Adjustments for Civil Service, Training and Other Statewide Interagency Transfer Activities

$600,000

$600,000

0

Other Annualizations – Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species (ACRES)

$3,645,505

$3,645,505

0

 

Other Annualizations – Technical Colleges Unclassified Pay Plan

($2,000,000

($2,750,000)

0

Other Nonrecurring Adjustments – Statutory Dedication: Higher Education Initiatives Fund, Distance Learning Account

$0

($1,000,000)

0

Other Nonrecurring Adjustments – Statutory Dedication: Higher Education Initiatives Fund, Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning Account

$0

($15,000,000)

0

Other Nonrecurring Adjustments – Statutory Dedication: Higher Education Initiatives Fund, Higher Education Library and Scientific Acquisitions Account

($4,617)

($4,617)

0

Other Nonrecurring Adjustments – Carry forward for building renovations

($150,000)

($150,000)

0

Other Nonrecurring Adjustments – Reappropriation of FY 1998-1999 funds for participating in multi-state consortium with the Southern Regional Education Board and the Council on Occupational Education

$300,000

$300,000

0

Other Adjustments – Emerging Community College Funding Pool Adjustment

($14,607,000)

($14,607,000)

0

Other Adjustments – Enhancement Pool Distribution to the Universities

$5,000,000

$5,000,000

0

 

Other Adjustments – Economic Development and Strategic Faculty Initiatives

$16,000,000

$16,000,000

0

 

Other Adjustments – Salary increase for faculty and other academic and research personnel

$5,000,000

$5,000,000

0

 

Other Adjustments – Endowed Chairs

$1,500,000

$1,500,000

0

 

Other Adjustments – Higher Education Initiatives Fund – Distance Learning

$1,000,000

$1,000,000

0

 

Other Adjustments – Higher Education Initiatives Fund, Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning Account

$11,000,000

$11,000,000

0

 

Other Adjustments – Enhancement Funds to be distributed through Formula Allocation

$616,500

$616,500

0

 

Other Adjustments – Louisiana Library Network

$0

$302,189

3

 

Other Adjustments – Transfer of Proprietary Schools from the Department of Education, Office of School and Community Support

$0

$226,867

0

 

Other Adjustments – Transfer from the Student Protection Fund from the Department of Education, Subgrantee Assistance

$375,000

$375,000

0

 

New and Expanded Adjustments – Gene Therapy Research Initiative

 

 

 

 

 

$57,142,355

$107,601,094

64

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$28,271,018

$12,050,074

3

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

 

 

 

 

 

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 112.6% of the existing operating budget. It represents 163.7% of the total request ($65,737,792) for this program. The major changes in the existing operating budget are due to the following: increases to the existing operating budget include: A salary increase ($16,000,000) for faculty and other academic and research personnel; the Economic Development and Strategic Faculty Initiatives ($5,000,000) which will provide grants to universities and colleges on a competitive basis. These grants will be targeted at specific areas of institutional activity that can demonstrate clear ties to the state’s economic development goals and strategies. These grants would strengthen select areas of instructional and research effort which have the promise of achieving outstanding regional or national stature; Enhancement Funds also increased and are to be distributed through the Board of Regents by Formula Allocation ($11,000,000); Endowed Chairs ($5,000,000), these funds will be matched with private and corporate donations; annualization of the Technical Colleges unclassified pay plan ($3,645,505); Distance Learning ($1,500,000), this will be year 3 of a five year plan. The funds will be used for telecommunication services, maintenance, faculty training/professional/program development and operations, personnel and travel; Louisiana Library Network ($616,000), these funds will be used for the continuing cost for existing members, database purchases and for the Technical College Library Information Centers; the annualization for the ACRES ($600,000), these funds are to be used for salaries, utilities, supplies, fellowships and assistantships, stipends and new personnel; per Act 151 of the First Extraordinary Session of 1998, a transfer of Proprietary Schools ($302,189) and Student Protection Fund ($226,867) from the Office of School and Community Support; the Gene Therapy Research Initiative ($375,000) which will establish the Genetics Research Institute. The Institute will have the concurrent goals of economic development, education and expansion of genetics research in Louisiana. This appropriation will be used to staff the managing Foundation of the Institute. The major reasons for the decreases in the existing operating budget is the distribution of Fiscal Year 1998-1999 enhancement funds to the higher education entities and the following nonrecurring adjustments: the Higher Education Initiative Fund Library and Scientific Account ($15,000,000), Distance Learning Account ($2,750,000) and Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning Account ($1,000,000). Other nonrecurring adjustments decreasing the existing operating budget are a reappropriation of Fiscal Year 1997-1998 funds for participation in multi-state consortium with the Southern Regional Education Board and the Council on Occupational Education ($150,000) and a carry forward for renovations at the Board of Regents facility ($4,617), statewide adjustments account for the remaining differences.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

This program does not have a specific allocation for Professional Services for Fiscal Year 1999-2000.

OTHER CHARGES

This program does not have a specific allocation for Other Charges for Fiscal Year 1999-2000.

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

This program does not have a specific allocation for Acquisitions and Major Repairs for Fiscal Year 1999-2000.


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