Yesterday, the Board of Regents, State of Iowa held a special telephonic meeting to discuss how the state's public institutions and special schools will address the recent announcement of a 10 percent across-the-board cut.
During the meeting, the Board of Regents approved the temporary hiring freeze on general fund positions announced last week by President Miles. The hiring freeze is in place until the board approves the university's action plan for the budget reduction on October 29. The moratorium on new building construction announced last week was lifted, allowing UNI to continue with in-progress construction projects.
The Board of Regents also asked the state's public institutions and special schools to consider a number of strategies in developing an action plan to be presented at the October 29 Board of Regents meeting, to be held on our campus. As directed by the Board of Regents yesterday, UNI's proposed action plan to address the $8.8 million reduction should consider the following:
1. Temporary salary reductions
2. Temporary layoffs/furloughs
3. Benefit revisions of a temporary or permanent nature
4. A tuition surcharge for the spring semester of 2010
5. Postponing non-essential deferred maintenance and repairs
6. Refocusing efforts, including potential program eliminations
7. Permanent layoffs
8. Selling non-essential assets to generate one-time funds
Between now and October 29, much collaboration and communication will be necessary. The vice presidents and I will meet with as many on-campus groups and constituents as possible to assist in this difficult decision-making process.
Our primary principles of doing everything we can to maintain academic quality, progress to graduation, student financial aid, and campus safety and security will continue to guide our decision making.
I will share more information with the campus community as it becomes available.