With five months left in the current fiscal year, the Iowa Senate has proposed slashing $6.9 million from Iowa State University's base appropriation. If approved, Iowa State would have to return promised funds by June 30, 2018. This comes after already withstanding recent cuts totaling $11.5 million.
The midyear cuts proposed by the Senate would be devastating and result in immediate and long-lasting impacts both on campus and to Iowans in all 99 counties. A cut of this magnitude could result in the following:
- Canceling classes in the upcoming summer and fall semesters, which increases time to graduation and student debt levels
- Scaling back resident undergraduate financial aid, negatively impacting families' ability to plan and budget
Reducing the number of faculty and staff on campus and across the state
Furloughs of faculty and staff
Reducing student services, including academic advising and career and internship assistance
- Reducing Extension and Outreach's 99 county-wide programs and services
- Reducing economic development services, including the Small Business Development Center and the Center for Industrial Research and Service, which together generated $915 million in economic impact last year
- Increasing fees for services at the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab and the Lloyd Veterinary Hospital
The legislation is expected to move very quickly and could reach the Senate floor for a vote as early as Tuesday. It is imperative that legislators hear from you. After all, they represent your voice.
A survey released two weeks ago by legislators found that investing in education and working Iowa families are the top priorities of Iowans. The survey indicated 94% support for keeping college affordable. Iowa State University is a key driver of the state's workforce and economic success; reductions of this scale will be harmful and long-lasting.
Thank you in advance for your support of Iowa State University as we face continued budget challenges. We will provide additional updates on the legislative process as they become available.