Legislative Budget Update

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

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.  

UNI received a general fund increase of $6,379,273 – an 8.5 percent increase. That includes a 3.2 percent increase received by all three Regent institutions as well as a $4 million base budget adjustment.

We greatly appreciate the Iowa General Assembly's decision to increase funding for UNI.

Other funding includes:

  • $4.7 million for STEM (an increase of $2,965,344)

  • $175,256 for the Recycling and Reuse Center (flat funding)

  • $125,307 for the Real Estate Education program (flat funding)

  • $574,716 for Economic Development at UNI for the Institute for Decision Making, Metal Casting, and MyEntrenet (flat funding)

  • $900,000 to replace UNI’s previous funding from the Grow Iowa Values Fund.  

    • Tech Transfer and Business Incubation

    • Entrepreneurship/Economic Gardening

    • Regional Development

    • Ag Based Lubricants

    • Market Research for Iowa companies

The budget has now been submitted to the Governor, who has 30 days to sign or veto the bill. So while the process continues, we are grateful to the Legislature for recognizing the important role UNI plays in educating Iowa students and the unique financial challenge that presents. In particular, our local delegation was extremely helpful and fought for higher funding all session. Please reach out to them to express your gratitude.

We look forward to moving ahead with fiscal 2013 budget planning. This funding, along with the cost saving measures the university previously announced, will allow UNI to support its core mission, advance its priorities in teacher preparation and undergraduate education, strategically support and grow academic programs and serve Iowa's students and families.

Some of the more significant policy changes include:

SF2284 The education reform package establishes new testing standards for teacher preparation programs, requires two additional weeks for student teaching, requires continuous improvement plans for courses with more than 100 students, and creates several task forces.

SF 2225 It requires community colleges, private colleges and Regent universities to adopt policies to protect children from child abuse on campus but does NOT make all Regent employees mandatory reporters.

SF 430 An open records bill that creates a new Public Information Board and provides an exemption for draft documents. 

Benjamin J. Allen
President