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Release: Oct. 9, 2001
UI President Coleman announces principles to guide budget cuts
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa President Mary Sue Coleman today announced
a set of principles she said will guide the UI as it develops plans to deal
with a potential cut of $21.9 million from the current years operating
budget as recommended by the governor.
These principles have been developed and articulated to protect the
core missions of the University of Iowa as best we can, given the magnitude
of the proposed deappropriation, Coleman said. They have been
drawn up after close consultation with the vice presidents, the deans, and
faculty and staff leadership.
These principles will guide the difficult decisions regarding deappropriations
from units that are funded through the General Education Fund, which received
$253 million in state appropriations this fiscal year, Coleman said.
Deappropriations from units and programs such as the Oakdale Campus,
the Psychiatric Hospital, and the Indigent Patient Care Program that receive
separate direct line item appropriations from the legislature will reflect
the seven percent cuts proposed by Governor Vilsack if they are enacted by
On September 20, Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack issued a news release in which
he proposed a $108 million reduction in state spending for the current fiscal
year, which began on July 1. Of that $108 million, $47 million was to be reduced
from the state universities. Of the $47 million total, $21.9 million was to
come from the University of Iowa.
Principles for Addressing FY-2002
General Education Fund Budget Reductions
1. The 2000-2005 University of Iowa strategic plan and core values will provide
the framework for developing the universitys response to the proposed
deappropriations from the state. The focus should be on preserving academic
strength and supporting the most vital missions of the university.
2. The president and university administrators will seek input from faculty,
staff and student leaders on budget reductions and the allocation of reductions
across units as well as in identifying potential cost savings.
- Communication with internal and external constituencies by the president,
UI administrators and collegiate administrators will be timely and on-going.
3. Vice presidents and deans must assure that all faculty and staff contribute
to meeting the objectives of these principles.
4. Budget reduction strategies must protect the universitys ability
to recruit and retain students and to meet four-year graduation plan obligations.
5. Budgeted financial aid will not be diminished.
6. Essential support to research programs and research support units will
be maintained at a level that does not unduly jeopardize critical scholarly
programs and the continuation or growth of external funding.
7. The allocation to resource pools such as building repair, equipment and
classroom improvements will be scrutinized to determine where deferrals can
occur or where investments must be continued, consistent with our stewardship
8. Vice presidents, deans and unit directors will be given flexibility in
achieving savings within a framework that includes these principles:
- Budget reductions must achieve net savings to the General Education Fund.
- Decisions about cost reductions must always consider the impact on revenue
- Budget reductions must produce required savings in FY2002, and savings
must be sustainable or alternative reductions made in FY2003.
- Units should review existing programs in light of university, collegiate
and departmental missions and goals, including the universitys diversity
goals. Based upon centrality and quality, selected programs should be subject
to increased reductions or elimination.
- Units should explore enhanced efficiencies, including consolidation of
programs and services within and across units.
- Vice presidents and deans should maximize savings from current and upcoming
position vacancies by scrutinizing the filling of every General Education
- Temporary and permanent layoffs will be utilized to the degree necessary
with all unit layoff plans, temporary or permanent, reviewed in advance
by university administration and authorized before proceeding.