The Iowa House of Representatives last week approved House File 604, the Education Appropriations bill. The legislation matches the governor’s recommendation of a 2.6 percent increase in general state aid for the three public universities as well as an additional $4 million for UNI. This means UNI would receive a 7.5 percent increase next year.
Budget Entries from FY 2012
First, the university is evaluating the budget process used to develop the institutional budget. Anticipated outcomes will include enhanced documentation of the budget process as well as enhancing baseline financial reports for use by various entities. Input on these measures will be solicited from faculty and staff.
Over the past three years, UNI's state appropriation decreased by more than 23 percent- from slightly more than $98 million to just under $75 million. As a result, we did our best to maintain the integrity of our educational programs while making cuts across the university. While the past three years were difficult, we remain committed to the vision of a stronger University of Northern Iowa.
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.
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.
Last week Gov. Branstad presented his budget proposal, which includes a $20 million increase for Iowa's Regents universities. The proposed budget for the three public universities is a significant improvement over last year. While it falls short of the request made by the Board of Regents, it provides a good starting point for our work with the Legislature.