Friday, September 18, 2015

University of Iowa was told to seek no funding increase - Vanessa MIller, The Gazette

Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter on Wednesday said the University of Iowa did not request any new general fund appropriations from the state for the 2017 budget year, unlike Iowa State and University of Northern Iowa. “That’s what was forwarded to the board office,” Rastetter said. “They didn’t need any new money, coupled with the … decision on what the tuition increase may or may not be next year.” But UI officials and board office staff confirmed Thursday the no-increase position for the UI originated with the regents — not the campus. Rastetter, during the board’s meeting Wednesday, said it wasn’t until he heard from UI faculty, students, staff, and President-elect J. Bruce Harreld following his hire last week that the board had a specific request from UI — $4.5 million, or the equivalent of an inflationary increase.

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