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Project 208

State funding is undeniably crucial for the viability of public universities. The Alabama budget for higher education continues to represent decreasing percentages of the total operating costs of state institutions like UNA. Relying on state funding alone, is no where near sufficient. Unfortunately, UNA total funding per full-time student equivalent is ranked 12 out of the 14 public colleges in Alabama and last when in comparison to similarly sized institutions. The state support we receive is 22.8% below the median (Fall 2016; See chart below).

State Funding

Along with several senior administrators, President Kitts has been working on a plan of action to address this issue of inequitable funding. We are calling this initiative “Project 208,” as that is the number of miles from our campus to the State House in Montgomery. We hope to use this title to remind our elected officials that “out of sight, out of mind” has become an unfortunate political reality for UNA. Project 208 revolves around pulling the information together, getting it in the right hands, and then organizing a strategic and long-term effort to improve UNA’s position in future funding decisions. Administration has already met with members of our legislative delegation to convey our concerns.  UNA is an asset to this state, and we want to make sure no one forgets it.

Even so, influencing decision-makers will be a long process. This is a major reason why the 1830 Fund at UNA is so important. Built by gifts from loyal alumni and friends like you, the 1830 Fund helps bridge the gap that is widening between state funding and state universities like UNA. Without you, this gap will hold students back from the education they need and deserve.

The Foundation has been strengthened by those who are most dedicated to the success and to the future of this institution. Today, through the 1830 Fund, UNA’s largest source of unrestricted support, thousands of students are depending on you to enhance their university experience and help reduce their financial burden.