Monday, February 20, 2017

State budget cuts could lead to loss of jobs, programs at Iowa Western - Krystal Sidzyik, Nonpariel Online

Iowa Western Community College President Dan Kinney said $185,000 was cut from his school’s budget, and, while he anticipated the cuts, the college will still have to make changes regarding spending. “If you go back 10 years, funding for community colleges has increased 1.7 percent – and not per year. That’s over 10 years total,” Kinney said. “So we haven’t been getting a tremendous amount of support from the state of Iowa, and it’s had an accumulating effect on the budget.” Kinney said the college would not increase tuition this year but would instead look at eliminating 22 positions, 10 of which are expected to be faculty. While Kinney couldn’t provide which departments could expect the cuts, he told KMA Radio on Thursday morning that cuts are coming through an elimination of programs – mainly arts and sciences transfer programs.

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