Planning in a No-Growth Era Our current rate of enrollment growth
will bring us to the limit of physical capacity within two years.
Once we are filled to capacity, all of our existing resources will
be required to deal with the large but stable enrollment. At the
same time, stable enrollment implies no additional funds for the
University based upon enrollment growth, traditionally our most
important source of new support.
After we reach enrollment capacity, there
will still be new ongoing cost items that are unavoidable and require
funding. Another issue is the absence of any inflationary funds
for general operating expenses and equipment or unfunded mandates
from the state or system. It is also likely that there will be new
campus initiatives that we may wish to undertake without a corresponding
revenue source with which to fund them.
We are going to be in this "no growth
era" in two years, and it is imperative that we develop a comprehensive
budget strategy to deal with these new conditions. One early and
important step was the decision of the campus to decentralize responsibility
for salary annualization, effective July 1, 2001.
The RPP Task Force will convene in
the Fall to further discuss these issues and begin planning for
future budget cycles.