- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 7, 2002

CHARLOTTESVILLE All full-time University of Virginia students will pay an additional $385 next semester to help cover $16 million in state budget cuts, university President John T. Casteen III said yesterday.
At a budget briefing, Mr. Casteen reiterated that no layoffs are expected at UVa. as a result of budget cuts ordered by Gov. Mark R. Warner.
The 19,000-student university is offsetting some of the cuts with the $385 midyear tuition surcharge that will generate $6.6 million.
With the surcharge, Virginia undergraduates will pay $4,980 in tuition and required fees this year. Students from out of state will pay $20,190.
"We are trying to prevent severe short- and long-term damage to the university's core academic programs and to meet our obligations to enrolled students," Mr. Casteen said.
There will be "no layoffs at this point," he said in an interview after the briefing for employees.
UVa. officials said they expect further state general fund reductions by the 2003 General Assembly that convenes in January. Mr. Casteen said the university may have to consider some layoffs "if the legislature really comes in and creams us."
Mr. Casteen said he did not believe the university has more employees than it needs and that he wants to end a hiring freeze.
"When you can't hire, you wind up with disproportional losses in human talent," he said.
State funds make up 12.4 percent of the university's $1.44 billion annual budget. Revenues generated by the university hospital, grants and contracts, and tuition and fees account for most of the budget.
At the briefing, UVa.'s nonacademic employees complained to Mr. Casteen about receiving no pay increases for three years.
Other employees urged Mr. Casteen to roll back health care fees and parking costs and use money from the university's endowment for those purposes. UVa. has a $1.7 billion endowment, the largest in Virginia and the fifth-largest among public universities in the nation.
Leonard Sandridge, executive vice president, said the endowment principal cannot be spent and most investment income is restricted to specific uses. But he said the university is offsetting some general fund cuts with $4 million in unrestricted endowment revenues.
Mr. Casteen told the employees that it is "important to understand the depth of the crisis the state is dealing with." He said Mr. Warner "went the extra mile to protect education" in his budget cuts, but "something had to give."
Mr. Casteen noted that the higher-education bond issue approved Tuesday by Virginia voters will generate $68.3 million for nine UVa. construction projects.

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