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Capital Budget Discussion with USM Board of Regents

Capital Budget Discussion with USM Board of Regents
Salisbury University
May 16, 2002
President Janet Dudley-Eshbach

Overview And Discussion Notes

Salisbury University is uniquely positioned to accommodate additional enrollments while increasing its selectivity.  SU is growing dramatically in enrollment, yet each year must accept a smaller percentage of those who apply because of limited classroom space.  SAT scores for the fall ’02 incoming freshman class are up 12 points as compared to the fall ’01 incoming class.

As a public university, SU faces a major dilemma.  We want to provide access for well-qualified students, yet cannot do so without new facilities.  Given our enrollment projections, the most urgent need is for the new Teacher Education and Technology Complex to remain on track.  Additional capital projects will be needed and, if we are to meet the enrollment demand, may need to be accelerated.

Capital Projects ­ State Support (Capital Improvement Program)

  • Henson Science Hall ­ On schedule, within budget, set to open for fall ’02 classes.
  • Teacher Education & Technology Complex ­ Preliminary planning funds are included in both the Regent’s budget as well as the Governor’s budget for ’04.  Current enrollment levels more than justify the project.
  • New library
  • Allenwood Shopping Center acquisition
  • New facility for School of Business and community outreach activities

Capital Projects ­ Auxiliary Support (System Funded Construction Program)

  • Residence Hall renovations ­ This project has not been included in the USM recommendation, and we need for it to be!  The University currently has dormitory debt that will retire over the next 3 years, and which can then be used to support the new debt service associated with the project.  If the University is unable to secure funding for our dormitory project via auxiliary revenue bonds this coming year, we will need approval from the BOR to seek alternative financing from the private sector.
  • Athletic Field House
  • Parking Garage

Capital Budget Testimony Charts (PDF files): # 1-3, # 4-6

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