State Appropriations Bill for FY18-19 passed by the 85th Legislature on Saturday, May 27, contains a 10% reduction in state revenue for Texas A&M-San Antonio

By Office of the President
Tuesday, 05 30 2017

Message from the President

State Appropriations Bill for FY18-19 passed by the 85th Legislature on Saturday, May 27, contains a 10% reduction in state revenue for Texas A&M-San Antonio



Dear Members of the University Community:

Thanks to the hard work of our legislative delegation both from the senate and the house, the final State of Texas Appropriations Bill contained only a 10% reduction in state revenues for our University. The justification for this reduction, $4.5M over the next two fiscal years, was the desire by the State to reduce and possibly, eventually, eliminate all special item funding. Since we are a university that has depended on special item funding in the form of transition funding, designed to support start-up costs and downward expansion funding to build the four-year undergraduate programs, the loss of this fiscal support will prove challenging. 

The good news is that not all special funding was eliminated and the State has set up a special legislative committee to look at the future of special item funding. We will have an excellent opportunity to show the legislature the value of this funding to Texas A&M-San Antonio.

The other good news is that our tuition revenue is up because of our enrollment growth. The President's Cabinet and the University Resources Commission will study what additional faculty and staff support is needed to continue enrollment growth over the next two years.  

I am especially thankful for the outstanding accomplishments that were achieved because of the unwavering commitment made by our faculty and staff to ensure our University remains focused on students and their academic success. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments or concerns, and I will continue to keep you informed of budget news as the summer progresses.  

Warm Regards,

President, Cynthia Teniente-Matson

Cynthia Teniente-Matson
President