How the Money Gets Used
The University of Texas at Austin’s primary missions are teaching, research and community engagement, and that’s where the university’s dollars go: instruction and academic support, research and public service.
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The university’s operating budget
- puts books on the libraries’ shelves,
- keeps the lights on in the classrooms, labs and performance halls across campus,
- maintains our treasured buildings (old and new) across the Forty Acres and beyond,
- runs the air conditioners during our hot Texas summers, and
- ensures our dorms, office buildings and campus grounds operate in top shape.
More than 50,000 UT students get the benefits of services and activities, such as the
- campus shuttle bus system,
- Recreational Sports,
- medical and mental health programs,
- and the Texas Union.
Funds go toward university-wide initiatives, such as
- the salary program and benefits for the 3,000 full-time faculty members who support the education mission,
- maintenance and operation of facilities (utilities, Capital Improvement Plan projects, essential repair and renovation costs on existing buildings and new facility maintenance),
- infrastructure costs for the University of Texas Libraries, information technology and research development,
- retention and recruitment of talented faculty, and
- financial aid, scholarships and grants for students.
The budget also supports initiatives
- of the colleges and schools, and
- course-specific program activities.
Priority increases for 2010-11 include
- new faculty positions,
- the Undergraduate Studies program,
- undergraduate scholarships,
- provost initiatives and
- professional school initiatives.