UOG modernization bill introduced

University of Guam (file photo)

UOG modernization bill introduced

A bill has been introduced which seeks to modernize the University of Guam and update the UOG charter.

Introduced by Sen. Amanda Shelton, Bill 197-35 provides UOG with greater financial independence while strengthening its mission toward island sustainability.

Since 2016, Shelton said UOG has received $18.5 million less in allotments than it has been provided in appropriations from the Guam Legislature. Appropriations are the amount UOG is supposed to receive according to the GovGuam budget, while allotments are the cash it actually receives from the Department of Administration.

Shelton said this lack of allotted funding continues to cause financial insecurity for the university, including possible tuition increases, and Bill 197-35 would provide UOG with the tools necessary to be more financially secure.

According to the senator, her bill represents the most significant change to the University of Guam Charter in decades.

Bill 197-35 authorizes UOG to enter into public/private partnerships to generate revenue for the University to supplement its budget. It also allows the University the flexibility to amortize long term financing for up to ten years.

During this time of climate change crisis, the bill also codifies the University of Guam Center for Island Sustainability as an integral part of the mission of the University of Guam and the entire region.

Bill 197-35 would also provide an employment framework for technical and professional staff at the university which are necessary for the university to keep up with the technology of today and the future.

The bill has been ratified by the University of Guam Board of Regents and endorsed by University of Guam President Thomas W. Krise.