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University of Iowa News Release

May 6, 2004

Skorton Releases GEF Task Force Budget Reduction Recommendations

University of Iowa President David Skorton today released the recommendations of the General Education Fund (GEF) Task Force for reduction of GEF allocations to specific units (click for the report and appendix in PDF format). Skorton said he would announce his decisions on which reductions will be enacted for Fiscal Year 2005 by May 15, following consultation with the university provost, vice presidents, collegiate deans and affected unit directors.

The GEF Task Force was asked to identify $12 million in reductions of general education fund usage over a two- to three-year period, the UI president noted. For the upcoming fiscal year 2004-05, the current GEF budget requires that at least $2 million in savings be obtained through selected reductions.

Action on the remaining $10 million of recommendations will be decided over the next few months.

"The Task Force has worked diligently and effectively on the difficult but essential job of evaluating non-curricular programs where general education funding might be reduced as a means of adjusting to lower levels of state appropriations, and to help us redirect precious resources into our core educational and research missions," Skorton said. "The entire university community owes the task force members a debt of gratitude for their service. I especially want to thank Professor of Law Jonathan Carlson for heading the committee.

"I know that our campus community is eager to read the recommendations and have a chance to comment," Skorton said. "I look forward to receiving those responses and encourage students, faculty and staff to do so at their earliest convenience." Responses may be sent by e-mail to

The GEF Task Force includes the elected leadership from the Faculty Senate, Staff Council and Student Government as well as other faculty and staff with relevant experience and expertise. Ex officio members are Interim Provost Patricia Cain, Vice President for Finance and Operations Douglas True, and General Counsel Mark Schantz. Former assistant vice president and chief information officer David Dobbins served as administrative liaison to the Task Force and as special consultant to Cain and True.

The Task Force's report, and the names of the committee members, may be viewed at this web link: The report and appendix can be downloaded as PDFs.

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