For the Students and for the Future
Recreational Sports offers programs and services designed to teach students meaningful life skills, encourage personal achievement, and develop involved and responsible citizens. For decades, students have supported Recreational Sports through the creation and maintenance of new facilities and programs through student fees and referenda. Future generations now face the responsibility of maintaining the excellence of our programs and facilities. As the Division looks to the future, philanthropy will be the key factor that allows Recreational Sports the opportunity to build new infrastructure, advance student development programs, and remain on the cutting edge of collegiate recreational sports programs. Below are the initiatives that have been identified as our areas of greatest need and opportunity. Your gift will provide the assistance necessary to move the organization and, more importantly, the student experience from good to great.
How RecSports is Funded
At present, the Division of Recreational Sports is funded primarily by student fees (71%) and generated income (25%). Only a small percentage of funds is received through gift and investment income (3.5%) and state Educational and General Appropriations (0.5%). Moving forward, only with private gifts will the Division be able to continue to support student development initiatives, enhance our programming, and contribute to offer leadership opportunities that might not be otherwise pursued.
A Closer Look at UT's Financial Picture (PDF Version)
There is a perception among some that UT is a wealthy institution that does not need additional financial support, but the facts tell a different story.
Shared PUF assets
Some misconceptions may stem from the
existence of the $10.7 billion Permanent
University Fund, or PUF. PUF assets include
more than 2 million oil- and mineralproducing
acres in West Texas, and some
of the investment return goes to the
University. The revenue, however, does
not go exclusively to UT Austin but to 18
institutions and six agencies in the Texas
A&M and University of Texas Systems. UT
Austin’s share (the Available University
Fund or AUF) for fiscal 2010-11 is $158
million out of the University’s $2.26
billion budget. That’s 7 percent,
compared with 12 percent in 1984-85.
A smaller state share
The University receives other state money as
well. Two decades ago state appropriations
provided 47 percent of the University’s budget.
Today that share is only 14 percent.
Low tuition and fees
At the same time, the University continues
to offer tuition and fees that are lower than
many of its peers. Resident tuition and fees
at UT Austin rank eighth out of a peer
group of nine state universities. Tuition
and fees account for less than one-fourth (24
percent) of the University’s 2010-11 budget.
SOURCES: UT Austin Office of Information Management and Analysis, UT Budget Office, University of Texas System