Frequently Asked Questions: University Centers Budget Shortfall, Includes Temporary Closure of UCSD Crafts Center

Who develops the University Centers' budget?

Where can I review a copy of the University Centers budget?

How is the University Centers funded?

What is the state of the University Centers budget?

Why was the Crafts Center closed for the 2012-13 academic year?

What other reductions have been made to the University Centers' budget?

What additional reductions are being considered?

Who develops the University Centers' budget?

The student-chaired University Centers Advisory Board (UCAB) approves the annual operating budget and is consulted on all major budget decisions. The University Centers budget can be viewed online: here

Where can I review a copy of the University Centers budget?

The University Centers budget can be viewed online: here

How is the University Centers funded?

University Centers is a fee-funded department and is not eligible for state funding of operations, maintenance, renovation and repair projects. Its primary sources of income are the University Centers Fee (68%); revenues generated from retail operations (24%); and revenues generated from conference services, ticket sales, and short term investments (8%).

What is the state of the University Centers budget?

The budget of the University Centers is in a deficit situation. While the University Centers has a reserve, it is not sufficient for addressing long-term operational and facility maintenance needs.

The Crafts Center, Price Center, Student Center, and Che Facility were recently subject to a facility condition assessment by the ISES Corporation, which identified $10.7 million in maintenance, repairs and renovations needed for University Centers' facilities over the next 8-10 years. This number increases to $14 million when projects that were not reviewed by the third party are included. The facility condition reports are available online: here

Why was the Crafts Center closed for the 2012-13 academic year?

University Centers provides annual funding for the UCSD Crafts Center and is responsible for the facility that houses the program. While the Crafts Center generates income from its classes, workshops, and other activities, it does not generate enough income to cover all of its expenses, even with the additional funding provided by University Centers.

It costs approximately $594,000 to operate the Crafts Center. On a two year average, the Crafts Center generates revenues of approximately $377,000 through its classes, holiday sales, gallery shop sales, and the Tshirt Factory. University Centers has provided $155,000 to $157,000 annually in support of the Crafts Center. This year, the University Centers would have to contribute an estimated $205,000 - $217,000 for the Crafts Center operations to break even. These numbers do not address the $1.5 million in Crafts Center facility maintenance projects identified by the ISES Corporation, an independent third-party expert in facilities management and assessment.

What other reductions have been made to the University Centers' budget?

University Centers, in consultation with the University Centers Advisory Board has taken several measures to reduce deficit spending for the 2012-13 fiscal year. Decisions about what measures to take were based on student priorities and their usage of programs, services and facilities. Expenses related to facility maintenance were also considered.

  • The hours of Price Center East have been reduced. Price Center East will remain open 24 hours Monday - Thursday, but will close at midnight on Friday and Saturday (previously 2:30am), and midnight on Sunday (previously 24 hours).
  • Funding for University Centers programs, including concerts and events held at The Loft, Pub Stage Room, PC Theater, and PC Ballrooms have been reduced.
  • Vacant positions, unless linked to an essential service or revenue generation, will remain vacant.
  • Funding for student employee positions has been reduced.
  • The Commuter Student Services office will be closed, though online services such as the Off Campus Housing Directory will remain available.
  • Facility maintenance and repairs have been postponed, unless linked to life safety, accessibility, or revenue generation.
  • Reservation fees for off-campus users have been increased.
  • Fees for sound and lighting services have been increased for all users. These fees have not increased in the past five years.

What additional reductions are being considered?

University Centers and the University Centers Advisory Board considered a number of ways to reduce deficit spending and address long term facilities planning. Further reductions to the University Centers budget may be necessary if the budget shortfall cannot be addressed. The following measures will be considered:

  • Facility hours may be further reduced. For example, Price Center and Student Center may be closed on close on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • The number of computers available in the Price Center and Student Center computer labs may be reduced as aging and failing equipment will not be replaced. The reduction in the number of labs available may also be reduced.
  • Funding for concerts and events at The Loft may be reduced or eliminated. Funding for University Centers programs, including concerts and events held at the Pub Stage Room, PC Theater, and PC Ballrooms may be further reduced or eliminated.
  • Vacant positions, unless linked to an essential service or revenue generation, will remain vacant. Availability of services will be reduced, and cleanliness and maintenance of facilities will suffer.
  • Funding for student employee positions may be further reduced.
  • Facility maintenance and repairs will continue to be postponed.
  • The Crafts Center closure may become permanent.