Report 2015-107 Recommendation 19 Responses

Report 2015-107: The University of California: Its Admissions and Financial Decisions Have Disadvantaged California Resident Students (Release Date: March 2016)

Recommendation #19 To: University of California

To ensure that it spends state funds prudently for programs that do not directly relate to educating students, the university should explore whether the programs could be supported with alternate revenue sources.

Agency Response*

The University developed a process to (1) solicit information about each program's alignment with the University's mission; (2) review the current State funding level for each set-aside; and (3) assess whether there are viable alternative sources of support for the program that could be used in lieu of State funds, such as extramural support. Under this process, each set-aside program was asked to complete a template requesting a description of the program and its contribution towards the University's mission. Additionally, programs were asked to provide budgetary information describing the current allocation of SGFs received by the program, to identify opportunities for support from alternative fund sources, and to describe the programmatic impact of the full or partial termination of SGF support. Upon template completion, the cognizant program and campus officials reviewed program submissions and provided them to UCOP for further review.

The information provided by this process will inform a broader review of systemwide programs, including but not limited to these "set-asides," which was prompted by recommendations in the Budget Act of 2017 (AB 97) and which is to be completed by December 2017.

  • Response Type†: Annual Follow Up
  • Estimated Completion Date: December 2017
  • Response Date: November 2017

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Pending


Agency Response*

UCOP initiated a review of all programs treated as "set-asides" under rebenching to reevaluate their importance to the University's mission and to assess the feasibility of using funds other than State General Funds to support these programs. A report that summarizes the findings of this review is being prepared and will be reviewed by the Provost and the CFO before being presented to the President. UC expects this to be complete by April 2017.

  • Response Type†: 1-Year
  • Estimated Completion Date: April 2017
  • Response Date: March 2017

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Pending

We look forward to reviewing the report when it is completed. As of early May 2017, we have not received this report.


Agency Response*

For programs that are allocated a designated portion of State General Funds under rebenching (i.e., set-asides), the University will review each program to determine if changes in State funding are advisable and/or feasible.

  • Response Type†: 6-Month
  • Estimated Completion Date: July 2017
  • Response Date: August 2016

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: No Action Taken

Because the university did not provide any documentation to support when or how it will review these programs, we consider the university to have taken no action on this recommendation.


Agency Response*

For programs that are allocated a designated portion of State General Funds under rebenching (i.e., set-asides), the University will review each program to determine if changes in State funding are advisable and/or feasible.

  • Response Type†: 60-Day
  • Estimated Completion Date: July 2017
  • Response Date: May 2016

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: No Action Taken

We asked the university when this review would begin; however, the university stated that its initial 60-day response provided sufficient information. Because the university did not provide any documentation to support when or how it will review these programs, we consider the university to have taken no action on this recommendation.


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†Response Type refers to the interval in which the auditee is providing the State Auditor with their status in implementing recommendations made in an audit report. Auditees must submit a response regarding their progress in implementing recommendations from our reports at three intervals from the release of the report: 60 days, six months, and one year or subsequent to one year.

*Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.


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