2007/08 Budgetary Challenges
ONE-TIME BUDGET AUGMENTATIONS
Information Technology Funding
($25 Million – One Time)
In 2005, the CSU conducted a comprehensive internal study to identify
expenditures for all aspects of information technology to determine what funding
shortfalls existed, particularly in the area of technologies to support the
educational mission of the university. The study team identified four
major categories of “unmet” information technology needs, whereby campuses were
not able to achieve the minimum baseline standards for access and quality due to
a lack of funding. The four major categories identified were: (1) baseline needs
within the existing ITS framework (workstations, servers, technical support, and
security); (2) new or emerging baseline needs (middleware, wireless networks, and
SB 302 compliance); (3) core academic technology needs on the campuses today
(Learning Management Systems, instructional design staff, smart classrooms,
and electronic content); and (4) emerging academic technology needs stemming from
the new systemwide initiatives. The $25 million requested in FY 2007/08 will focus
on three areas where a one-time investment will have the highest potential to
favorably impact the teaching and learning process, and where reduced spending
has had the most negative impact. Specifically, the requested one-time funds
will be used to refresh workstations ($11.2 million), refresh servers
($3.4 million), and install and upgrade “smart” classrooms ($10.4 million).
These technology investments will help close the gap created by several years
of systemic budget shortages.
Deferred Maintenance ($25 Million – One Time)
The facilities of the 23 campuses of the CSU plus the Office of the Chancellor
constitute over 40 million gross square feet (GSF) of state-funded space and
nearly 20 million GSF of nonstatefunded facilities. A substantial number of CSU
facilities were built in the period from the late 1950s through the mid-1960s.
As its capital facilities aged, the CSU began tracking deferred maintenance,
replacement, and renewal costs in 1974. In 2006/07, the defined CSU systemwide
deferred maintenance backlog was over $400 million.
This one-time funding request of $25 million will help the CSU address the
outstanding deferred maintenance backlog and support the CSU’s commitment to
increase its maintenance budgets to provide safe, functional, and efficiently
operating buildings to serve its students, faculty, and staff.