September 30, 2014

As you know, the Board of Regents has engaged Deloitte Consulting to do an independent, comprehensive administrative and academic review of the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa.

The goal is to transform our universities so they are sustainable for the long term and true to their core academic missions of education, research and service as well as learning, discovery and engagement.  We agree that we must adapt to a more sustainable model in order to keep our universities strong.

In June, Deloitte completed Phase I of the review and identified seventeen primary areas to continue to review and develop recommendations (business cases) for in Phase II.  Twelve of these areas are in the area of administration.

The Board of Regents has already adopted the recommendations on Sourcing and Procurement, creating an application portal, standardizing Regent Admission Index (RAI) calculations, and streamlining the search committee process.

The remaining eight business cases are in the areas of Information Technology, Human Resources, Finance,  and Facilities.

On Thursday, October 2nd, Deloitte will present their recommendations on these business cases to the Board of Regents for their review and discussion.  This meeting will be streamed online.  The link to the meeting can be found at:  http://www.regents.iowa.gov/Meetings/agenda.html.

Subsequently, there will be a town hall meeting on each campus to discuss these cases as well.  Below is the information about the upcoming town halls, which will also be streamed online.

University of Northern Iowa
October 6th, 3 – 5 p.m.
Maucker Union Ballroom

University of Iowa
October 9th, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
IMU 2nd Floor Ballroom
Iowa State University
October 13th, 8:30-10:00 a.m.
Gallery Room, Memorial Union

We encourage everyone to take the opportunity to engage in the process and provide their feedback about the proposed business cases. 

Steve Leath
President
Iowa State University
Sally Mason
President
University of Iowa
Bill Ruud
President
University of Northern Iowa