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Nov. 30, 2004
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EMU regents approve appropriations request for fiscal year 2006

YPSILANTIThe Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approved a fiscal year 2006 appropriations strategy at its regular meeting, Nov. 30.

The University’s 2006 appropriation request includes asking for a 2.75 percent, or $2,124,000 increase in appropriations from the state. That would increase EMU’s appropriations to $79.4 million.

“The University recognizes the fiscal challenges facing the state, yet it is essential that we cover our cost increases in order to make the budget work,” said John Beaghan, interim vice president of business and finance. “Those cost increases include faculty/staff compensation, health care, utilities, student scholarships and financial aid, and the adding of new faculty that must be covered in order to maintain quality academics and services.”

To cover basic costs, EMU will have to have an increase in state appropriations, continue budget cuts and increase tuition, said Beaghan.

“The Board of Regents and the EMU administration strongly believe that each of the 15 public universities in Michigan plays a significant role in the state’s highly regarded system of higher education, and each is a significant contributor to the state’s economy,” said Juanita Reid, vice president for university relations at EMU. “In order to maintain quality programs and services, and retain talented faculty and staff, the state must discontinue its current policy of cuts and caps (on tuition and fees) to higher education.

EMU made the following recommendations to the Office of State Budget in its request for appropriations: Increases to base appropriations should be equal to the Higher Education Consumer Price Index (CPI); the funding floor should be restored to the

FY2003 level of $4,600 per student and increased annually thereafter at the rate of the Higher Education CPI; universities whose fiscal year equated student (FYES) funding falls below the funding floor should receive additional funding until they reach the funding floor; and the state should set a long-term goal of funding undergraduate education equally at all institutions on a per student basis.

The University’s request establishes the initial resource planning parameters for FY2006 in order to identify the fiscal needs of the University for the Office of the State Budget. It does not preempt the Board of Regents’s approval of the operating budget that is under development for the June 2005 Board meeting.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.


Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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