FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Nov. 19, 2002
CONTACT: Ward Mullens
Eastern Michigan University Regents
Approve Appropriation Request for Fiscal Year 2004
YPSILANTI - The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approved a fiscal year 2004 state appropriation request strategy at its regular meeting, Nov. 19.
The Universitys 2004 appropriation request includes: identifying $11,759,830
in resource needs; requesting a continuation budget from the state with an appropriation
equal to 2003 and 2002 levels ($87,637,200); asking the state to give serious
consideration to funding enrollment growth ($2.8 million); and acknowledgement
of the historical, positive effect increased appropriations have had on minimizing
tuition rates, as well as the significant return on investment that appropriating
funds to public universities has provided to the state.
The University recognizes the fiscal challenges that the state is facing
and therefore is not asking for an increase, but that funding be maintained
at existing levels, said Patrick Doyle, vice president for business and
finance at EMU.
One of the guiding principles of the Universitys mission is affordability,
said Doyle. Eastern Michigan University ranks 10th lowest in tuition and
fee costs of the 15 Michigan universities (in state, 30 credit hour fiscal year
equated student). [Presidents Council of State Universities of Michigan
In an effort to help promote access, Doyle said the University has increased
student financial aid more than 33 percent in two years and is actively pursuing
cost avoidance issues.
To date, more than $1 million has been secured in cost avoidance and saving,
Doyle said. Examples include advance purchase of natural gas, lighting retrofits
and building controls, phone service cost reduction and consolidation of health-care
Doyle said the University is asking for enrollment growth to be considered
in order to maintain constant funding per student. EMUs enrollment has
increased 1.5 percent from fall of 2001. But with flat state appropriations,
the funding per student has decreased.
The request establishes the initial resource planning parameters for 2003-04,
Doyle said. The purpose is to identify the fiscal needs of the University for
the Office of the State Budget. It does not preempt the Board of Regents
approval of the operating budget that is under development for the June 2003
Board meeting, added Doyle.
EMU remains committed to providing the best college education possible
while continuing to make affordability a priority, said Doyle.