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August 2003

Release Date: August 22, 2003

Regents Approve $79.4 Million Budget for ASU

Regents of the Texas State University System (TSUS) adopted a $79.4 million budget for Angelo State University during the board's regular meeting Friday, Aug. 22, on the campus of Sul Ross State University in Alpine.

The $79,475,074 budget is the largest in school history, but reflects a policy change that incorporates into the budget document for the first time all major capital projects for buildings and other capital expenditures. ASU currently has almost $11 million in capital projects budgeted over the next two years.

Last August the board adopted an ASU operating budget of $62.9 million, subsequently adjusted to $67.9 million for the 2002-03 fiscal year. The operating component of the 2003-04 budget totaled $68.2 million, an increase of $300,000 from the adjusted budget. The new budget will go into effect Sept. 1.

In other fiscal matters the board approved physical therapy course fee increases from $50 to $100 for nine courses; adopted a $50 English non-course based remediation fee in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts; and okayed a uniform resident assistant room rate of $2,500 per year, effective with the spring semester. The regents also renewed for one year the contract with Kings Cabin Quick Snacks of San Angelo to provide food service for the West Texas Training Center.

The board named the San Angelo architectural firm of Darrow-McSpedden-Sellers as the consulting architects for Phases V and VI of renovation of the West Texas Training Center. The board appointed the firm of Gary Donaldson Architects and Planning Consultants of San Angelo to provide architectural services to the university and also authorized a board representative to award a contract to build the Food Safety and Product Development Lab Addition to the Management, Instruction and Research Center at a cost not to exceed $1.2 million. The lab is projected to open for classes in the fall of 2004.

The regents okayed an ASU request to purchase 175 computers to upgrade those available in student use areas. Cost of the computers is not to exceed $300,000.

The board reviewed ASU's summer enrollment figures of 2,117 for the first summer term and 1,878 for the second summer term. Regents added 10 courses and deleted 16 others from the university's curriculum. The regents acknowledged major gifts totaling more than $66,000 to the university.

Regents approved routine personnel matters and okayed the university holiday schedule for the upcoming academic year. Holidays were authorized for Sept. 1, Nov. 27-28, Dec. 23-Jan. 2, Jan. 19 and May 31.

The TSUS board serves as the governing body for ASU and the other eight institutions making up the system. The other institutions are Lamar University, Lamar Institute of Technology, Lamar State College-Orange, Lamar State College-Port Arthur, Sam Houston State University, Southwest Texas State University, Sul Ross State University and Sul Ross State University-Rio Grande College.