UC regents accept plan for Merced

The University of California Board of Regents on Thursday accepted UC Merced's 10-year, $1.13 billion capital improvement plan, which guides the university's physical expansion to serve more than 11,000 students by 2020. In the coming decade, UC Merced anticipates needing $519 million for instruction and research buildings, $144 million for infrastructure improvements and $131 million for student housing. More than half of the funding may come from the state, while external financing, campus funds and gifts are expected to make up the balance.