Inside Iowa State
September 24, 1999
Wrap-up: Board of Regents, State of Iowa
Following is a summary of actions taken by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, during its meeting Sept. 16 in Cedar Falls:
Student financial aid report
The regents received a report (for all three regents schools) for the 1998-99 academic year, which indicates:
- Nearly half of student financial aid is in loans, 23.5 percent in grants and scholarships; and 26.8 percent in on-campus jobs.
- Indebtedness for graduating seniors is up 3.1 percent over the previous year. (Senior indebtedness figures from the three regents schools reflect "student" loans only; not loans signed by parents --"PLUS" loans -- for their children's educations.)
Capital improvement projects
- Approved a schematic design and budget ($3.8 million) for the Ames/ISU ice arena -- a 36,300-square-foot facility, including NHL regulation-size rink, spectator seating, locker rooms and public restrooms.
- Approved a program statement for a new Honors Program building, a 6,800 square-foot facility to be located between Curtiss and Horticulture halls.
- Approved an architectural agreement with Brooks Borg and Skiles, Des Moines, for design services for the C6 virtual reality facility, to be located in the Howe Hall atrium.
Tuition and fee hike proposed for 2000-01
The regents reviewed proposed tuition and fee rates for the 2000-01 academic year. Board members will vote next month on the proposal, which includes:
- 4.3 percent increase in all base tuition rates (2.3 percent to keep pace with inflation and 2.0 percent to achieve the board's strategic planning goals of excellence).
- Redirection of University of Iowa tuition revenues historically designated for student activities and services to academic areas and needs. Iowa officials propose a multi-year, phased program under which students would pay mandatory fees (rather than tuition) to support student activities and services.
Negotiations between WOI Radio and KTPR Radio
The regents approved continued negotiations to reassign KTPR Radio's FCC license to WOI Radio and transfer operation of the Fort Dodge public radio station from Iowa Central Community College to Iowa State.
FY2001 capital improvements
The regents approved a prioritized list of capital projects for the five-year period beginning in 2001. ISU projects among the top 10 priorities are a systems upgrade in Gilman Hall ($11 million), College of Business building ($10.3 million), livestock units for swine and cattle research ($4.7 million), a systems upgrade in LeBaron Hall ($1.6 million), and general classroom and auditorium improvements ($12 million).
Y2K compliance report
The regents received the updated report of the peer review team on compliance requirements. Iowa State was commended for "extensive system testing and contingency planning" and a "good focus on college and departmental plans" that could be improved by higher-level coordination.
The regents approved the purchase of 223 acres of land adjacent to the Rhodes Research and Demonstration Farm (Marshall County) from the Committee for Agricultural Development (CAD), an affiliate of the College of Agriculture, at $981/acre (same price CAD paid in 1998). Funds were supplied by the College of Agriculture.
Regents approve huge plant sciences initiative
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