President's Budget Message

Thursday, February 16, 2012

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.

Changes have been made during the past few years to prepare us for the future.  Unfortunately, those changes were not enough.  We continue to need to make strategic budget decisions by reallocating and aligning resources to support our core mission and values.  

Academic and non-academic programs, support services, and outsourcing opportunities are being reviewed.  Malcolm Price Lab School, the UNI Museum, Panther Athletics and UNI Print Services are included in this review.  We will announce academic program mergers and closures.  The academic programs are those with low enrollment and few graduates.  Students enrolled in those programs will be allowed to finish their programs.

We are working with the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, and consulting with applicable stakeholders, to make changes now to ensure the educational experience we want for every student exists in the future.  Making difficult decisions today will help ensure that we continue our tradition of excellence.  We believe these decisions will result in an institution that retains and builds on its historic strengths, while aligning us for future success in a challenging and competitive education environment.

Thank you for your confidence and support.