Funding for St. Cloud State University (SCSU) comes from state allocation, tuition and student fees, and other sources. Consistent with institutions across the country, the percentage of funding from the State in the form of allocation has declined over the past several years. The general fund for the academic and administrative support portion of the university is funded by about 37 percent state appropriation, 47 percent tuition and fees, and the balance by the St. Cloud State University Foundation, grants and contracts, and other support. Budget updates provide additional information on these resources, as well as basic allocations of funds for education, maintenance, buildings, and so on. Revenues projected for the university in fiscal year 2008 are $133.1 million, of which $54.5 million comes from appropriations, $74.5 million from tuition, and the remainder from other sources.
St. Cloud State University works hard to make the best use of limited resources. Because we value academic and student needs, we spend a larger percentage of our revenue on direct instructional cost than the other universities in the MnSCU system, as indicated in MnSCU cost study data. For example, SCSU spends $4283 per FYE on direct instruction compared to $4031 per FYE for all universities. (MnSCU uses FYE [full-year equivalent], compared to FTE [full-time equivalent] used in IPEDS data.) A key factor contributing to this difference is the fact that a larger percentage of our faculty members are full-time, in support of the university’s commitment to educational quality.
The budget within the unit is adequate to support programs preparing candidates at both the initial and advanced levels. A review of the financial data among the units on campus indicates equity and strong support for the College of Education.
Professional development is supported in a variety of ways at both the institutional and unit levels. Each faculty member receives $1115 annually for professional development activities such as travel, research, professional memberships, subscriptions, books, or software. The institution also provides a variety of internal grants for professional development whereby faculty members can apply for additional funds to support their professional development goals. Since 2000, 64 faculty members within the unit have received grants totaling $140,000. Sabbaticals are also an excellent source of support for professional development. Since 2000, 43 faculty members in the College of Education were awarded paid sabbatical leaves to pursue professional development activities.
The College of Education is committed to creating avenues to assist candidates financially as they pursue their dreams to become teachers, administrators, counselors, or other school professionals. Therefore, increasing the number of scholarships for candidates at the initial and advanced levels is a priority. We are proud of the fact that over 150 scholarships are available each year totaling approximately $120,000; representing an 18 percent increase since 2005.
Summary: Budget allocations to the unit are sufficient and proportional to other units on campus and provide support for effective teaching, scholarship, service, and clinical and field experiences for candidates. The unit continues to work toward providing candidates with additional financial support through the development of scholarships.