FY06 Budget Update
The campus will continue to advocate for state funding to fully implement the Amherst 250 Plan. It will also focus on increasing revenue to the campus from all sources while limiting student fee increases to no more than inflation. Funding will be sought for capital improvements to help reduce the campus' severe backlog of deferred maintenance. Finally, the campus expects to see a modest increase in its student population over the next five years, with the majority of the growth coming from out-ofstate students. As noted above, the capital plan includes funding for new student housing and an auditorium.
The welcome increase in state support in FY06 will enable the campus to begin implementing the Amherst 250 Plan. From its own growing revenue base the campus is addressing its critical infrastructure needs through the implementation of its capital plan. Much more needs to done and thus continued support from the state, greater fundraising, and new growth in campus revenue streams are all required to carry on with the progress of restoring our faculty numbers and renovating and renewing our physical plant.