University at Buffalo The State University of New York

Broad-based Fees Consultation Process for 2016-2017

February 11, 2016

Dear UB Students and Student Leaders:

In an effort to provide for student consultation and to assist you in planning for the next few years, the University is now providing a five-year Broad-based Fee plan, including anticipated student fee rates for 2016-17 through 2020-21.

SUNY is again permitting campuses to take into consideration additional costs beyond the Higher Education Price Index (HEPI) rate to cover extraordinary increases for specific fees due to compelling reasons such as expanded access to student health, mental health or counseling services. Fee increases should be used to fund state-mandated costs (collective bargaining, negotiated contractual increases, increased fringe benefits, and minimum wage increases).

To continue to offer programs and services that our UB students need and expect in the current State, SUNY and UB budget climate, a 3.68% increase in the Comprehensive Fee has been proposed for 2016-17. The proposed increase would support state-mandated increases in salaries, minimum wage, and fringe benefits for employees, increased technology and library costs and services, continue to support a portion of the bus contract negotiated in 2012, and central academic investments. Moreover, this increase will provide support for critical mental health and health services support. Further details on the plan are below and also available at: /broadbasedfees.php

Comprehensive Fee: 5-Year Broad-Based Fee Plan
Fee 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21
UG GR UG GR UG GR UG GR UG GR
Athletics $10.50 $0.00 $11.00 $0.00 $11.00 $0.00 $11.50 $0.00 $11.50 $0.00
Campus Life 8.00 8.00 4.50 4.50 4.50 4.50 5.00 5.00 5.00 5.00
Health 25.00 25.00 7.00 7.00 9.00 9.00 0.00 0.00 7.50 7.50
Technology 15.50 15.50 15.50 15.50 16.00 16.00 16.50 16.50 16.50 16.50
Transportation 33.50 33.50 9.00 9.00 11.00 11.00 0.00 0.00 9.50 9.50
 
Total Increase (annual) $92.50 $82.00 $47.00 $36.00 $51.50 $40.50 $33.00 $21.50 $50.00 $38.50
Current Rate (annual
cumulative)
2,326.50 1,792.00 2,419.00 1,874.00 2,466.00 1,910.00 2,517.50 1,950.50 2,550.50 1,972.00
 
Proposed Rate (annual
cumulative)
2,419.00 1,874.00 2,466.00 1,910.00 2,517.50 1,950.50 2,550.50 1,972.00 2,600.50 2,010.50
 
Academic Excellence
and Success Fee
100.00 100.00 100.00 100.00 100.00 100.00 100.00 100.00 100.00 100.00

The Comprehensive Fee components include support for the following: intercollegiate athletics and intramural services (undergraduates only), campus life, college fee, student health, technology, transportation, and transcripts. The College Fee is set according to SUNY policy. Fees would continue to be prorated on a per credit-hour basis for part-time students (with the exception of the Transcript Fee), and the current waiver policy will be maintained.

Campus Life increases will support state mandated negotiated salary and benefit increases not provided for in the University’s base budget and a portion of other contractual obligations including mandated NYS minimum wage increases.

Health Services increases will support state mandated negotiated salary and benefit increases not provided for in the University’s base budget for personnel funded through the Health Fee, as well as a portion of contractual obligations and inflationary increases. Moreover, the increase will allow UB to meet sexual assault mandates, as well as provide additional critical mental health and health services support.

Intercollegiate Athletics (undergraduate only) increases will support required operating contractual increases and address transportation increases due to rapidly rising costs for team travel.

Technology increases will address some of the costs to insure the continuity of the existing collection of electronic materials in the University Libraries as well as inflation for Information Technology contractual increases for campus wide software and hardware licenses. Also included is continued funding for classroom technology upgrades.

Transportation increases will support state mandated negotiated salary and benefits not provided for in the University’s base budget and additional funds for the 2012 negotiated bus contract.

Broad-based Fees incorporate the Academic Excellence and Success Fee, which supports the NYSUNY 2020 plan. This plan includes upgrading classroom facilities, extending library hours, support for the Center for Excellence in Writing, strategic enrollment management and strategic initiatives such as Heart of the Campus.

Final UB recommendations for the five-year Broad-based Fee plan will be made after student consultation, sometime before the end of the semester. The student consultation process is based on recommendations developed by the State University of New York (SUNY).

More information on UB’s student Broad-based Fees, proposed increases, and the waiver process, is available at /broadbasedfees.php.

Several opportunities for student comment have also been established. Student and student leader comments on the proposed broad-based fee adjustments are encouraged via email (ubstudentaccounts@buffalo.edu) through February 26, 2016. Additional feedback may be provided to the representatives from the areas supported by student fees and by Facebook through Friday, February 26, 2016. Details can be found on the Broad-based Fee website and will follow in upcoming Spectrum ads. In addition, we will conduct an assessment of student fee interests and concerns via the My Opinion survey which can be accessed through MyUB. The results will be shared via the Broad-based Fee website.

Broad-based Fee adjustments, if adopted, would be reflected in Student Account statements distributed to all returning and new students in mid-July. UB desires to remain as one of the nation’s best buys in higher education and will continue to be a major public university and the premier public institution in the Northeast with continued student support.

Sincerely,

Charles F. Zukoski
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dennis R. Black
Vice President for University Life and Services

xc:

Satish K. Tripathi, President
J. Brice Bible, Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Laura E. Hubbard, Vice President for Finance and Administration
A. Scott Weber, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
H. Austin Booth, Vice Provost for University Libraries
Lee H. Melvin, Vice Provost for Enrollment
Laura J. Barnum, Associate Vice President, Resource Planning
Craig Abbey, Associate Vice Provost and Director of Institutional Research, Office of Institutional Analysis
James S. Nadbrzuch, Associate Vice President for Resource Support Services, University Life and Services
Barbara J. Ricotta, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
Christina Hernandez, Senior Associate Vice Provost for Administration & Finance, Academic Affairs
Beth Corry, Associate Vice President and Controller, Business Services
Susan M. Snyder, Director of Health Services, Student Health & Wellness
Thomas R. Tiberi, Director, Student Life
Maria Wallace, Director, Parking and Transportation Services
Allen Greene, Director of Athletics
Ashley Kravitz, Resource Analyst, Resource Planning
Joseph Lewandowski, Resource Analyst, Resource Planning
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Last updated: August 29, 2017 1:12 pm EST