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Hove, Arthur (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 66, Number 2 (Nov. 1964)

About the University,   pp. 7-9

Page 7

The Budget
VERY TWO YEARS, politicians
   in Wisconsin are out on the
stumps drumming up votes. The
University is less dramatic, but it,
too, is engaged in a campaign of
sorts every two years. This activity
involves explaining the operating
budget for the coming biennium to
the governer, the Legislature, and
the public.
  For the 1965-67 biennium, the
University has set a budget goal of
$306,689,868. Of this total, some-
what less than half is requested in
state tax appropriations, while more
than half is expected to come from
fees and other charges the Univer-
sity makes, and from gifts, grants,
and federal contracts.
  The Regents, who approved the
request in September, and later had
their request modified by the Coor-
dinating Committee for Higher Edu-
cation, are asking $57,753,723 in
state tax appropriations in 1965-66
and $69,611,743 the following year.
This compares with the current
year's appropriation of $41,176,661.
The total for the 1965-67 biennium
is $52,327,372 higher than the appro-
priation for the 1963-65 biennium,
an increase of about 69 per cent.
  In a separate action the Regents
approved  budgets for University
Hospitals based on revenue esti-
mates of $11,335,952 in 1965-66 and
$11,931,967 in 1966-67, compared
with the current $10,156,250; and
for the Student Health     Service
amounting to $788,000 for 1965-66
and $882,000 for 1966-67, compared
with the current $706,000, to be
financed from student fees.
  The University budget request
which went to the Coordinating
Committee for Higher Education in
October for consideration and con-
solidation with other state higher
education budgets, is "based upon
the absolute needs of the Univer-
sity for the biennium and realistic
judgment of advancements that will
be of greatest value to the people
of the State of Wisconsin," Vice
Pres. Robert Clodius told the Re-
  "It will continue all essential pro-
grams at a quality level, meet the
expanding educational needs of the
state including major anticipated
enrollment increases, provide some
gain in the national position of Wis-
consin faculty salaries, and enable
the University to move forward in
five areas of greatest value to the
state," he said, and listed these:
  1. Improved teaching and teach-
ers at all educational levels from the
grades through graduate work;
  2. Strengthened  research   and
training in environmental sciences;
  3. Broadened health studies and
services for Wisconsin;
  4. Exploitation of the new com-
puter sciences;
  5. Expanded aid for Wisconsin's
economy through the University-
Industry Research Program.
  The increase in University work
loads and fixed   costs will take
nearly half of the total biennial in-
crease; $11,695,883 is budgeted for
  More than half of the faculty
salary program proposed is budg-
eted under fixed costs. This would
provide $2,004,000 in raises in 1965,
November 1964
and $2,004,000 additional in 1966, an
increase averaging 6 per cent of the
current faculty salary total each
year. Dr. Clodius pointed out that
the annual nationwide rise in faculty
salaries since 1954 has averaged 6.4
per cent, and the 6 per cent budg-
eted under fixed costs is part of the
"cost of staying where we are." In
addition, the request includes
$715,771 to bring Wisconsin salar-
ies to 13th place among the nation's
leading universities by 1965, $897,-
838 to bring them to 10th place by
  The major factor in the increase
in work load, the budget indicates,
is growing enrollments. It estimates
48,345 in 1965-66, 54,190 in 1966-67,
compared with the 42,175 on which
the current budget is based.
  No increase in the Madison and
Milwaukee student fees is budgeted,
and the Regents propose to reduce
fees in University Centers by $25
per semester. Even with this reduc-
tion additional students in the total
system are expected to add to Uni-
versity receipts $1,524,801 in 1965-
66 and $2,001,146 in 1966-67.
Study Tours Announced
S CHEDULE for the 1965 Study-
Tours Abroad of the Extension
Division has been announced by Dr.
Robert Schacht, tour coordinator.
  Tour of the major MUSIC-
ERN EUROPE, under the direction
of Professor Ronald E. Mitchell of
the UW speech and drama depart-
ment, will be offered under three
plans-two overlapping 21-day
tours or the complete 37-day pack-
age. First tour leaves July 19 for

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