FY 2016 Budget Update

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Dear UNI Family,

The $5.1 million recurring appropriation increase for the University of Northern Iowa for FY 2016 is a welcome action by our legislators and governor and recognition of the disproportionate funding levels across the three Regents' universities. However, FY 2016 appropriations were $3.0 million less than the university's $8.1 million request for equity and inflationary funding.

During the process of considering the budget for the coming year, we met repeatedly with faculty and staff leaders to get their feedback on how to address the limitation in funding; in the end, the shortfall was addressed as follows:

  • funding was reallocated from division/departmental budgets

  • Professional and Scientific staff, academic leadership and institution officials have graciously accepted a postponement of their salary increases until January 1, 2016

  • contingency funds built into the budget were redirected

  • carry forward funds were carefully managed

  • a portion of our building repair allocation was redirected along with several other reallocations

I want to thank the university community, including Department Heads, Directors, Deans and many others, who provided guidance, feedback, and assistance in balancing the difficulties of a challenging budget while maintaining a high quality educational experience for our students.

During the budget development process, operational decisions were made with a strong focus and commitment to the following goals and priorities: provide an outstanding undergraduate educational experience; provide a premier teacher education program; and increase services to the citizens of the State of Iowa. In addition, the following guiding principles were applied to the process:

  1. maintain affordability and accessibility

  2. maintain academic mission to ensure program quality and timely graduation

  3. provide a safe campus for students and staff

  4. make strategic operational changes rather than traditional across-the-board cuts

Our university community continues to place students and learning first offering a unique and engaged educational experience that makes a difference across the state. I want to express my sincere appreciation for everyone's efforts in advancing our mission and strategic goals. As always, thank you for your hard work and support. Please let me know if you have any comments or questions.

Purple for Life

Bill Ruud

UNI is Receiving $3.655 Million Gift to Support Education

Friday, July 10, 2015

Dear UNI Family,

We are very pleased to announce that UNI is receiving a gift of $3.655 million from the Gerdin family to support the renovation of the Schindler Education Center.

For those of you who aren't familiar with the Gerdin family, Russ and his wife Ann were among Iowa's leading philanthropists, donating millions of dollars to higher education institutions. Julie Gerdin Durr, Russ and Ann's daughter, is a UNI alumna. She graduated in 1994 with a degree in home economics: fashion merchandising.

Russ founded Heartland Express, Inc., a highly successful trucking firm, in 1978 and served as its president, chairman and chief executive officer. He passed away in October 2011, but his family continues their commitment to education.

UNI has the proud distinction of leading Iowa's number one teacher education program. Our College of Education, and campus as a whole, is doing more than teaching tomorrow's educators, administrators and health specialists.

The investment the Gerdin family has made demonstrates their commitment to ensuring UNI has a 21st century learning, teaching and research education center that will prepare the most highly effective teachers, principals and superintendents.

Thank you again for all that you do. The high quality learning that our students receive comes from all of you. Keep up the good work!

Purple for Life!

Bill Ruud

Jim Wohlpart
Provost and Executive Vice President

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