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January 14, 2010 at 3:19 PM

A look at Pac-10 finances

Interesting story today in USA Today, examining how schools are using student fees and other subsidies to stay afloat in challenging economic times.
It includes this data base that allows you to peruse the budgets for every public university in the country (that means everyone in the Pac-10 but Stanford and USC).
The most current year that numbers are provided for is the 2007-08 academic year.
In that year, the overall revenues for Pac-10 schools were listed as:
UCLA, $66 million
Cal, $64.3 million
Washington, $60.7 million
Oregon, $56.6 million
Arizona State, $54.8 million
Arizona, $49.2 million
Oregon State, $52.8 million
Washington State, $39.6 million


And expenses:
UCLA, $66 million (in fact, UCLA listed both expenses and revenues as exactly $66,088,264, an amazing feat of budget balancing — good thing I bought a hot dog when I covered a game at Pauley Pavilion that year or the Bruins would have been $4.50 under budget).
Cal, $64.2 million
Washington, $57.3 million
Oregon, $56.2 million
Arizona State, $54.2 million
Oregon State, $52.1 million
Arizona, $46.2 million
Washington State $36.4 million
So, if these numbers are accurate, the two big budget-makers of the Pac-10 public school athletic departments were UW and WSU.
Washington was plus-$3.4 million, WSU plus $3.2 million. Arizona also reported revenues over expenses of $3 million. All the rest reported more revenues than expenses, but by less than $1 million.
However, the 2007-08 year was before the falling out of the economy, which severely impacted college budgets last year.
And as illustrated by the main story, many colleges are using either student fees or other subsidies to hit their budgets, including almost everyone in the Pac-10. Without that money, many wouldn’t hit their budgets forcing cutbacks somewhere, which is what we’ve seen happen quite a bit in the last two academic years anyway.
I wrote this story last spring attempting to answer the question of just how self-sufficient are the athletic departments for UW and WSU.
The USA Today date base shows that everybody in the Pac-10 gets some sort of student fee or state or institutional subsidy.
Arizona State reports getting $10.6 million in direct university support, WSU $5.5 million and Cal $5.2 million (UW gets $1.8 million, which as my linked story explains is in the form of tuition waivers for female athletes to aid in complying with Title IV regulations).
Both Oregon ($1.16 million) and Oregon State ($1.17 million) get state aid that comes from a state lottery.
Not sure how many of you care about any of this, but for anyone who might, thought I’d pass it along. Unquestionably, it’s good work by USA Today to make all of this easily available.

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