The University Record, July 22, 2002

U-M–D and U-M–Flint budgets ‘modest’

By Laurel Thomas Gnagey

The Board of Regents approved budgets for the U-M campuses at Flint and Dearborn at the July 18 meeting.

Chancellor Daniel Little of U-M–D presented a plan to regents calling for an 8.5 percent increase in tuition. In remarks to the board, Little said in order to be competitive, the spending plan called for a “modest salary program slightly above the rate of inflation.” He also said it includes funding for new faculty to keep up with enrollment demands.

“U-M–Dearborn has a long history of doing a lot with a little,” he told regents. The budget, Little said, modestly addresses growth areas of the campus.

U-M–Flint Chancellor Juan Mestas outlined a budget that calls for a $425 increase in tuition and fees for resident undergraduate students. Mestas pointed out that the increase was in keeping with an agreement colleges and universities made with the state of Michigan to keep tuition hikes below 8.5 percent or $425, whichever is greater. Mestas praised the legislature and governor for maintaining funding levels in a very tight budget year but acknowledged that it was difficult to pass the burden of rising costs and zero budget increases on to students. To partially offset the increase in tuition and fees, Mestas said, the plan calls for a 9.4 percent increase in financial aid.

“The budget we submitted to you is not the budget we would like to have,” Mestas said. “We could do so much more with additional resources.”

The Flint spending plan also calls for a 3 percent salary increase, with the possibility of an additional 0.5 percent Jan. 1 if enrollment goals are achieved. It includes $1.5 million in operating costs for the new William S. White Building, to be used for public safety, information technology and utilities.

Regent Andrea Fischer Newman was the lone vote against the spending plans for Dearborn and Flint. Both budgets passed 6–1.