2009 Session

Budget Bill - SB850 (Introduced)

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Item 226

Item 226

First Year - FY2009Second Year - FY2010
Financial Assistance for Educational and General Services (11000)$261,698,809
Eminent Scholars (11001)FY2009 $2,000,000FY2010 $2,000,000
Sponsored Programs (11004)FY2009 $259,698,809
FY2010 $259,698,809
Fund Sources:  
GeneralFY2009 $3,121,875FY2010 $3,121,875
Higher Education OperatingFY2009 $258,576,934
FY2010 $258,576,934

Authority: Title 23, Chapter 11, Code of Virginia.

A. Out of this appropriation, $2,821,875 each year from the general fund and $15,000,000 from nongeneral funds each year is designated to build research capacity in the areas of bioengineering, biomaterials and nanotechnology.

B. Virginia Polytechnic Institute shall report on the use of these funds and progress made under this initiative to the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees by October 1, 2008.  The report shall include, but not be limited to: 1) how the funds were used, 2) the amount of federal and private funds that were leveraged, 3) collaborative efforts in support of private industry, 4) the number of junior and senior faculty recruited in each field, 5) the amount of federal or other grant funds received as the result of those recruitments, 6) additional grants or contracts being pursued, 7) the level of instructional activity conducted by these faculty, 8) the impact of research activities on undergraduate instruction, 9) the use of graduate student aid funds, and 10) recommendations for future investment.

C.  Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is authorized to establish a self-supporting "instructional enterprise" fund to account for the revenues and expenditures of the Institute for Distance and Distributed Learning (IDDL) classes offered to students at locations outside the Commonwealth of Virginia. Consistent with the self-supporting concept of an "enterprise fund," student tuition and fee revenues for IDDL students at locations outside Virginia shall exceed all direct and indirect costs of providing instruction to those students. The Board of Visitors shall set tuition and fee rates to meet this requirement and shall set other policies regarding the IDDL as may be appropriate. Revenue and expenditures of the fund shall be accounted for in such a manner as to be auditable by the Auditor of Public Accounts. As a part of this "instructional enterprise" fund Virginia Tech is authorized to establish a program in which Internet-based (on-line) courses, certificate, and entire degree programs, primarily at the graduate level, are offered to students in Virginia who are not enrolled for classes on the Blacksburg campus or one of the extended campus locations. Tuition generated by Virginia students taking these on-line courses and tuition from IDDL students at locations outside Virginia shall be retained in the fund to support the entire IDDL program and shall not be used by the state to offset other Educational and General costs. Revenues in excess of expenditures shall be retained in the fund to support the entire IDDL program. Full-time equivalent students generated through these programs shall be accounted for separately. Additionally, revenues which remain unexpended on the last day of the previous biennium and the last day of the first year of the current biennium shall be reappropriated and allotted for expenditure in the respective succeeding fiscal year.

D.  The Higher Education Operating fund source listed in this Item is considered to be a sum sufficient appropriation, which is an estimate of funding required by the university to cover sponsored program operations.