Economic downturn prompts budget reversion

Monday, November 24, 2008

For the past two fiscal years, UNI received strong state support and additional revenue from enrollment growth and tuition increases. Because of the recent natural disasters in the state and the national economic downturn, we've been asked to return $1.02 million of our fiscal 2009 state appropriation.

UNI Response

UNI is committed to a philosophy of Students First. Therefore, in fulfilling the governor's request, our priorities will be protection of our academic course offerings, student progress to graduation, and campus health and safety. The funds reverted were intended to further enhance the student learning environment and support services in such areas as information technology systems and security, library materials and building maintenance.

Looking ahead

Because we don't yet know what will happen with future state appropriations and enrollment, we're preparing several possible budget scenarios for fiscal 2010. We'll continue to protect academic course offerings, student progress to graduation, and campus health and safety. We'll welcome input as the fiscal year proceeds.

We continue to monitor the situation very closely, and I'll keep you informed of any developments as they occur.