The Honorable the Members of the Board of Regents


Theresa E. Savo


Full Board


2005-2006 Budget Development Process


March 2, 2004




The First Step in the 2005-2006 Budget Development Process


Goals 1-6






As you will recall, in January we delayed the start of the 2005-2006 budget development process to allow full attention on the 2004-2005 Executive Budget release.Accordingly, the 2005-2006 schedule has been adjusted as follows:


    review the existing three-year initiatives against established initiative outcomes and evaluation criteria (March 2004);

      evaluate the 2005-2006 initiatives proposed by the program offices using the established criteria in the Regents Standing Committees (June 2004);

   discuss the proposed 2005-2006 budget initiatives with the full Board of Regents (July 2004); and

        act on the ďBluebookĒ 2005-2006 Budget Proposal (September 2004).


Attached is a summary of the strategic plan for your use in considering the initiative outcomes and evaluation criteria that you establish for the 2005-2006 budget year.


Also attached is a summary (by major program area) of the current (2004-2005) three-year budget initiatives for your use in reviewing these initiatives in the context of outcomes and evaluation criteria you establish for the 2005-2006 budget year.













   REGENTS GOALAll students will meet high standards for academic

 performance and personal behavior and demonstrate the knowledge and skills

 required by adynamic world.


Performance Measures:


        Percent of students scoring at or above the State standards on statewide examinations required for grades K-12 overall and disaggregated for students with disabilities and English language learners

        Percent of school districts offering prekindergarten programs for four-year old children

         Dropout rates for grades K-12 students

         Percent of first-time undergraduates receiving remediation

         Completion rates for educational programs

         Education, training, and rehabilitation program outcomes


Key Strategies:


1.      Use student performance data to analyze the needs of students and improve instruction, develop the knowledge and skills of teachers, disseminate and apply proven practices, and align curriculum and tests with the standards.


2.      Develop comprehensive multi-year plans to allocate resources for strategies to improve student achievement including extra help and extra time for students.



3.      Expand availability of academic intervention and prevention services by disseminating proven practices and advocating for additional funding.


4.      Engage partners who can address the health and human services needs of families so students come to school every day ready and able to learn.


5.      Design a system of reporting and reviews, coordinated with accrediting agencies, to improve institutional effectiveness and student outcomes.


6.      Increase employment opportunities and outcomes for people with disabilities by obtaining additional resources and utilizing the Welfare to Work and Workforce Investment Act programs.




REGENTS GOALAll educational institutions will meet†† Regents high performance standards.


Performance Measures:


         Conformance with Commissionerís Regulations on program quality

         Adequacy of school and cultural facilities

         Percent of school instructional staff who are appropriately credentialed

         Differences in student performance by type of school building and postsecondary institution

         Trends in State aid funding by school district type

         Percent of libraries and public records programs to attain the highest level of service


Key Strategies:


1.      Use and expand the existing systems of public accountability for schools and postsecondary institutions - based on student performance results - and provide incentives for improving effectiveness and sanctions for low performance.


2.      Assist districts and schools to improve the quality and safety of, and access to, facilities.


3.      Expand the Departmentís partnerships with national, State, regional, and local organizations to provide programs and services that build local capacity for teaching and learning.


4.      Advocate for revision in State funding formulas, which recognize the high cost associated with poverty and regional labor costs.


5.      Provide incentives to libraries and library systems to attain the highest level of service.



3REGENTS GOAL The public will be served by qualified, ethical

 professionals who remain current with best practice in their fields and reflect the

 of New York State.


Performance Measures:


         Performance on teacher certification tests and professional licensure examinations

         Substantiated complaints of unethical/unprofessional conduct

         Number of allegations of illegal practice referred for prosecution

         Racial/ethnic profile of professionals in educational institutions and the licensed professions

         Participation of teachers and librarians in professional development and continuing education programs

         Supply of qualified teachers for the highest need schools


Key Strategies:


1.      Circulate information about sound ethical practice, consumer rights and professional responsibilities.


2.      Resolve in a timely way complaints of professional misconduct and discipline cases for teachers and other school personnel.


3.      Identify and investigate allegations of unlicensed professional practice and refer substantiated cases for criminal prosecution.


4.      Ensure that postsecondary institutions prepare teachers with arts and sciences backgrounds, content preparation, and the skills to teach all students.


5.      Develop incentives to encourage secondary and postsecondary minority students to pursue careers in teaching, the licensed professions, and cultural institutions.


6.      Create incentives for effective teachers and leaders to work in the highest need schools and to achieve racial and ethnic diversity among teachers entering the profession.


7.      Strengthen the preparation and ongoing development of educational leaders by setting clear standards for the knowledge and skills they need, assessing their knowledge and skills against those standards, and creating professional development opportunities.


8.      Encourage continuing education for certified librarians and create professional development opportunities.


9.      Ensure that all of the Departmentís vocational rehabilitation professionals meet the highest professional standards as required by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998.




REGENTS GOAL Education, information, and cultural resources will be available and accessible to all people.


Performance Measures:


         Participation of individuals with disabilities in education, training, and rehabilitation programs

         Percent of first-time postsecondary students from under-represented groups

         Completion of doctoral programs at New York State postsecondary institutions by race/ethnicity

         Percent of library users accessing the statewide on-line library

         Number of regional and local plans to document their history

         Number of New Yorkers without the services of a public library

         Status of implementation of the State Museum exhibit master plan compared to five-year timetable

         Number of teachers using the public television education channel

         Demographic profiles ofDepartmentís advisory committees, boards for the licensed professions, and panels of external experts


Key Strategies:


1.      Implement least restrictive environment (LRE) fully for students with disabilities.


2.      Build collaborative regional networks among colleges and schools that assure access to postsecondary institutions for under-represented groups.


3.      Use data on students entering, participating in and completing postsecondary education - disaggregated by race and ethnicity - to promote institutional accountability for closing the gaps in performance results across groups.



4.      Create a statewide virtual on-line library accessible to all New Yorkers through an electronic library card.


5.      Document New Yorkís history through statewide, regional and local grants and through technical assistance.


6.      Execute the State Museum exhibit master plan to illuminate the natural and human history of the State for the public.


7.      Launch a statewide education channel on public television.


8.      Make more Department resources and information available in a variety of formats, including greater use of the Internet.


9.      Ensure that the Departmentís programs, services, publications, and advocacy efforts are relevant to the needs of our diverse constituencies.


5REGENTS GOAL Resources under our care will be used or maintained in the public interest.


Performance Measures:


         Status of capital improvements to the Cultural Education Center compared to the planned timetable

         Year-to-date Department expenditures compared to its annual budget

         Percent of time that standards for timeliness are met for major Department services and products

         Percent of customers who indicate that they are satisfied with Department services and products


Key Strategies:


1.      Concentrate audits and program reviews on education, training and rehabilitation programs with low performance or poor financial practices.


2.      Target discretionary federal funds to support the Departmentís strategic goals.


3.      Implement the capital facilities and collection care plans for the New York State Museum, Archives, and Library.


4.      Continue improving the efficiency of Department processes.



REGENTS GOALOur work environment will meet high standards.


Performance Measures:


         Staff participation in professional development programs

         Trends in the Departmentís workforce demographics

         Staff rating of the overall work environment



Key Strategies:


1.      Align staff and their responsibilities to the strategic plan.


2.      Target staff development resources on enhancing the skills and competencies of the Departmentís managers and supervisors.


3.      Diversify the Departmentís workforce through innovative recruiting and hiring practices and through promoting the value and importance of diversity with staff.


4.      Continue to use technology and effective meeting techniques to improve internal communications.


2004-2005 Budget Initiatives for Consideration in 2005-2006 Summary of Request Over Level Funding  -- EXCEL

Cultural Education 2004-2005 Budget Initiatives for Consideration in 2005-2006 Summary of Request Over Level Funding  -- EXCEL

EMSC 2004-2005 Budget Initiatives for Consideration in 2005-2006 Summary of Request Over Level Funding  -- EXCEL

Higher Education 2004-2005 Budget Initiatives for Consideration in 2005-2006 Summary of Request Over Level Funding  -- EXCEL

Professions 2004-2005 Budget Initiatives for Consideration in 2005-2006 Summary of Request Over Level Funding  -- EXCEL

VESID 2004-2005 Budget Initiatives for Consideration in 2005-2006 Summary of Request Over Level Funding  -- EXCEL