Budget Entries from FY 2013

Iowa House approves Education Appropriations bill

Monday, March 25, 2013

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.   

While this is just the first step in the budget process, it's particularly good news for students. Last fall, the Board of Regents, State of Iowa vowed to freeze resident undergraduate tuition for the upcoming school year if the Legislature approved a 2.6 percent increase and the special appropriation for UNI. This bill is a step in the right direction.

HF 604 also follows the governor’s recommendation of $4.7 million for STEM, science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. We are pleased with this continued support as UNI administers the STEM program, and I am honored to serve as co-chair of the STEM Executive Advisory Council with Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds.

Unfortunately HF 604 fails to provide an increase for UNI’s Real Estate program and Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center. We had hoped these programs would also receive the 2.6 percent increase and will continue to urge the Legislature to approve additional funding.

Finally, HF 604 does not provide any funding for need-based financial aid for students. The public universities currently provide this assistance, but the Board of Regents promised to roll back tuition if the state began to cover the cost. 

Members of the Iowa Senate are expected to unveil their education budget soon. Once they do, the two political parties can begin working on a compromise between the two plans. 

We'll keep you updated as things move forward.

Ben Allen

UNI budget process

Wednesday, October 24, 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.

Secondly, the UNI community will have a unique opportunity tonight to take an unbiased and up-close look at UNI's finances. The Northern Iowa Student Government will host State Auditor David Vaudt at 6 p.m., in the Maucker Union University Room. Auditor Vaudt is well known for his plain-spoken, objective and unvarnished insights into state budgets. His presentation will include how to read and understand a university budget.

This background will be very helpful as we address issues such as the impact of tuition set-aside on our ability to strategically provide financial aid to students. Tuition set-aside will be discussed at the Board of Regents meeting this week. See http://www.regents.iowa.gov/Meetings/DocketMemos/12Memos/October2012/oct...

We look forward to working closely with faculty and staff to continue to grow UNI's reputation as a leading undergraduate university.

Ben Allen

FY 2013 Budget Message-Setting the Course for UNI

Friday, August 3, 2012

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.

During the legislative session, the Iowa General Assembly approved a 3.2 percent appropriation increase for UNI, along with an additional $4 million special request. This special request was the first of a three-year request.

We are grateful to the Iowa General Assembly, Gov. Branstad, and the citizens of Iowa, for understanding the value of public higher education in general, and specifically the unique role UNI plays in educating Iowa students and serving the state.

For more information about how these funds have been allocated for the upcoming academic year, please view "Setting the Course for UNI."

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to the University of Northern Iowa and serving the needs of our students and the state of Iowa.


Ben Allen