First, the university is evaluating the budget process used to develop the institutional budget. Anticipated outcomes will include enhanced documentation of the budget process as well as enhancing baseline financial reports for use by various entities. Input on these measures will be solicited from faculty and staff.
Budget Entries from FY 2011
Over the past three years, UNI's state appropriation decreased by more than 23 percent- from slightly more than $98 million to just under $75 million. As a result, we did our best to maintain the integrity of our educational programs while making cuts across the university. While the past three years were difficult, we remain committed to the vision of a stronger University of Northern Iowa.
The Legislature adjourned today after completing work on the fiscal 2013 state budget which includes a $23 million increase for the state’s three public universities.
The higher education landscape has changed dramatically, both in Iowa and throughout the nation. As leaders in higher education, we have a responsibility to our students, their parents and taxpayers of Iowa to maintain our excellent academic reputation, enhance access and affordability, and prepare for the future. In times like these, we must define our future before circumstances dictate it for us.
Last week Gov. Branstad presented his budget proposal, which includes a $20 million increase for Iowa's Regents universities. The proposed budget for the three public universities is a significant improvement over last year. While it falls short of the request made by the Board of Regents, it provides a good starting point for our work with the Legislature.
The Board of Regents, State of Iowa met last week. The key item on the agenda was the fiscal 2013 appropriations request, which was unanimously approved as presented. It is important to note that the appropriations request needs to be approved by the Iowa General Assembly during the next legislative session.
Today I presented an overview of UNI's fiscal 2012 budget to the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. I stressed that UNI has a bright future, but we are faced with financial challenges that clearly set us apart from our sister Iowa public universities.
The Iowa General Assembly has approved the fiscal 2012 state appropriations. Pending Governor Branstad'
’s approval, the university can finalize its fiscal 2012 budget. Your patience during this unusually long budget process is appreciated.
The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, voted yesterday to increase 2011-2012 tuition by 5 percent. We understand and appreciate the challenges tuition increases create for students and families. We will continue to invest in set-aside money for financial aid to assist our students in financing their education.
While a tuition increase is not something we take lightly, it is necessary to help maintain our focus on maintaining quality programs and progress to graduation, while managing the budget.
Feb. 9, 2011
Iowa State Capitol
Gloria Gibson, executive vice president and provost; and interim president, University of Northern Iowa
Over the past three weeks, the parameters of our budget situation have started to be defined. First, the Iowa House of Representatives passed a deappropriation bill, which if passed by the Senate and signed by the governor, will have a profound effect on UNI. The bill would cut $10 million from the Regents institutions for the current fiscal year -- that equates to a $1.66 million cut for UNI. The bill also would cut another $15 million from the public universities for each of the next two fiscal years.