2008 Key State Legislative Priorities
Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are encouraged to
contact their respective House of Delegates and Senate of Virginia members to
inform them how the key legislative priorities will further the academic and
health care missions of VCU and the VCU Health System. For your convenience,
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two major state legislative priorities for the upcoming General Assembly
session that convenes in January 2008.
School of Medicine Building. VCU proposes to establish a
state-of-the-art training hub for medical students, residents, physicians, and
other healthcare providers on the site of A. D. Williams Clinic. Existing
facilities for the VCU School of Medicine are outdated and in need of
replacement. Renovation costs, under current asbestos abatement, energy, and
building code standards, is estimated to be as much as 77% of new construction. VCU will work with the Governor, state officials and the General Assembly to
identify funding sources that will provide at least $70 million of this $158 million
project. The remaining funds will be secured from private and non-general fund
sources. For additional information on the VCU 2008-10 Biennial Budget Request, please click
here. For a presentation on the Medical Education and Critical Simulation Building, please click
Massey Cancer Center. During the 2007 session, the
Governor and the General Assembly provided $1 million to VCU cancer research.
VCU Massey Cancer Center is focused on making new discoveries about cancer and
rapidly translating the knowledge from those discoveries into early phase
clinical trials to reduce the burden of cancer in Virginia and beyond. VCU will
request additional cancer research funding in the 2008-10 budget to build on the
existing foundation of cancer research and ensure that VCU continues to maintain
and increase our leadership in translational cancer research and treatment.
addition, VCU considers the following ongoing legislative priorities paramount
to the future success of the University:
Higher Education Restructuring Act. Virginia Commonwealth
University is seeking Tier 3 status under the Higher Education Restructuring
Act. Tier 3 status grants universities the highest level of operational
flexibility in six primary areas: Capital Outlay and Real Property, Leases,
Information Technology, Procurement, Human Resources, Financial Policies and
Accounting. Governor Kaine has approved the management agreement, and VCU will
work during the General Assembly session to secure legislative approval.
Base Adequacy Funding. The
General Assembly’s base adequacy funding model is used to identify the
appropriate state funding level for each Virginia college and university.
The formula takes into consideration a number of factors, including enrollment
growth, credit hours, and complexity of programs. During the past two
biennial budget cycles, the Governor and General Assembly have made a
significant down payment on this funding shortfall. Nevertheless,
based on the legislative formula, VCU continues to be the Commonwealth’s most
underfunded institution. We will work with state decision-makers to maintain
the current level of funding and promote a significant increase during the
development of the 2008-2010 state budget.
Faculty and Staff Compensation. Compensation for
faculty and staff continues to be a high priority for VCU. In order to improve
morale, retain valuable employees and to attract high-quality personnel to VCU’s workforce, annual salary increases and benefits for faculty and staff are
essential. We will work with the
General Assembly for additional
funding for pay raises during the 2008-10 budget cycle in order to preserve competitive salaries with our peer
Financial Aid. An increase of need-based financial aid for
in-state undergraduate students continues to be a high priority for VCU. Nearly 70 percent of VCU students utilize some
form of financial assistance. Approximately 40 percent of VCU students are the
first in their families to attend college. Additional funding is critically important
for these students from working families in Virginia to succeed in their
academic and professional goals.
If you have questions, contact Don Gehring (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mark Smith (email@example.com). Our office phone number is: 804-828-1235.