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FREEZE AND RESTORE
USNH will freeze in-state tuition for 2 years, IF NH Legislature restores the budget cut of $100 million
6% IS NOT ENOUGH
KSC receives just 6% of its operating budget from the state – lowest level of support in the nation.
$2 BILLION TO NH
USNH contributes $2 billion to NH economy in employment, expenditures, and workforce development.
GRADUATES STAY IN NH
KSC enrollment is 5,000. Of the 1,100 who graduate each year, nearly half stay in NH.
FINANCIAL AID IS KEY
90% of KSC students require financial aid; 40% are first in their family to attend college.
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The Senate Capital Budget Committee completed their work at the May 9 meeting. They voted to add $500,000 to the USNH appropriation bumping us to $8m. The additional $500,000 was at the request of Senator Jim Rausch to pay for the Hewitt Annex Renovation for the NH State Veterinarian Lab. He explained that he had been working with the Department of Agriculture on this issue and apologized for not including UNH in these conversations. He said that he wanted to have the funds added in order to cover the move from Kendall Hall so as not to impact our $7.5m.
Senator Lou D’Allesandro brought in an amendment that would have taken $1m from the NHCCS to give to USNH to be designated for installation of lights at Cowell Stadium at UNH. After a short break and some discussion he brought forward new language which did NOT take funds from the CCS appropriation but would add language requiring USNH to designate 1.5m of our appropriation for the installation of lights at Cowell Stadium. This passed by a unanimous vote of 6-0.
The committee amendments (4 in all) to HB 25 (Capital Budget) were voted unanimously 6-0 (Sens. David Boutin, Sylvia Larsen, Chuck Morse, Jim Rausch, Lou D’Allesandro, and Andy Sanborn)
Tips for the public hearing:
When you enter the room there is a table with copies of the bill(s) to be heard and each bill will have a corresponding sign-up sheet. There is a space for your name, address, who is being represented and whether or not you wish to speak. Be sure to check the top of the sheet to confirm the bill number. Senate Committees usually have between 5 & 7 members, so providing 10 copies of testimony is a safe bet.
- Encourage NH Senators to support Governor Hassan’s proposed budget for USNH (FY14=$75M, FY15=$90M). The Board of Trustees and all four institutions are committed to using every dollar of the budget restoration to support New Hampshire students directly. USNH institutions will freeze in-state tuition for two years and use all remaining restored funds for merit and need-based scholarship aid. Together, we can increase the number of talented students who graduate into New Hampshire’s workforce.
- In the last state budget (FY12–13), the appropriation to USNH was cut by 49 percent. Currently, state funding accounts for just 6 percent of our operating budget. Before the 49 percent cut, New Hampshire was already last in the nation in per capita funding for public higher education.
- From FY00 to FY12, enrollment at USNH institutions grew by 22.6 percent, whereas state support declined by 28.1 percent.
- Average student loan debt for graduates from New Hampshire is now the highest in the nation, at approximately $32,000 per student. This growth has occurred despite our efforts to direct scarcer resources to student aid. We increased in-state financial aid from $6.6 million in 2003 to $33.2 million in 2013.
- For New Hampshire businesses to thrive, we need college graduates who can reason and communicate, who understand evidence-based practice, and who are scientifically and mathematically literate. We particularly need graduates who have majored in the sciences, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
- Our public four-year colleges and universities graduate more STEM students than all other institutions combined. And no one has more STEM-related transfer options for community college graduates.
- Lack of state funding makes it increasingly difficult to attract talented New Hampshire students, who receive highly competitive offers of merit aid from both public and private universities outside New Hampshire. Admissions yields for students from New Hampshire have dropped significantly since the cut in state funding: 13 percent in the current year and slightly more for next year.
- Moreover, while our colleges and universities absorbed most of the state budget cuts in ways that minimized the impact on students, we have increased enrollments and teaching loads to the point where it will be difficult to address such key initiatives as producing more STEM graduates.
- Supporting public higher education is the best way to develop the work force New Hampshire needs to thrive. When KSC graduates more than 1,218 students this month, half of them will stay in the state.
Businesses can no longer count on an in-migration of educated workers to fill our needs. Rather, we must develop a strong pipeline of New Hampshire students who will see their home state as a desirable place to be educated and to work.
This message is from Todd Leach, Interim Chancellor of the University System of New Hampshire. He is commenting on the NH Senate Capital Budget Committee on April 26, where President Kahn’s testimony was submitted. The hearing was encouraging because it showed the legislators are viewing USNH facilities requests from a multi-year perspective.
Friday’s Senate Capital Budget Committee hearing went well for us. Sara Jayne Steen (PSU), Dick Cannon (UNH), and Bill Haverly (USNH) joined me for questions and Jay Kahn (KSC) provided written testimony. As with Senate Finance, there will be much committee discussion before recommendations are ready for the Committee of Conference (a joint committee of senators and representatives who decide on the final budget).
Nonetheless, our goal was to retain the $7.5m originally proposed by the governor and ultimately recommended by the House, as well as to keep the door open for further conversations regarding future biennia. While there was no confirmation of what we should expect, the conversation and questions suggest we were not going to be the target of more cuts in capital (although the Committee has an unexpected $10m request from another agency to address).
Most encouraging, and most importantly, Committee Chair Boutin indicated in the hearing itself that he saw the $7.5m simply as a bridge until the next biennium when it would be less likely that a project, such as the women’s prison, would absorb such a significant chunk of the capital budget.
- Video: Why Fund USNH? May 13, 2013
- Capital Appropriation is at $8 Million May 13, 2013
- USNH Talking Points May 3, 2013
- USNH Chancellor Comments on Capital Budget May 1, 2013
- KSC Capital Budget Testimony April 30, 2013
- Video: Why Fund USNH? May 13, 2013
- Parents Make the Case for Funding Restoration & the Benefit of Affordable Higher Education January 15, 2013
- President Kahn on NHPR’s “The Exchange” January 11, 2013
- Legislation Would Restore University Funding December 7, 2012
- KSC Testimony at Budget Hearing November 29, 2012
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