November 7, 2003
Geoffroy: Cuts likely to result in layoffs
by Anne Krapfl
With one-third of the fiscal year completed, layoffs appear inevitable in
Iowa State's plans to cut $8.3 million from its budget.
President Gregory Geoffroy said that the latest round of cuts, on the heels
of four years of reduced appropriations from the state, doesn't leave
university leaders with many options. "All flexibility is gone from the
budget. Given the magnitude of these cuts, we've had to take a number of
painful steps," he said earlier this week in announcing plans to balance the
university's revised budget.
How many layoffs, and where, will emerge in the next two to three weeks as
unit leaders make decisions about how to absorb their shares of the cut.
An Oct. 10 directive by Gov. Tom Vilsack requires Iowa State to cut 2.5
percent of the FY04 state appropriation, or $5.8 million. In addition to the
governor's order, the university must reduce spending to compensate for a
$1.5 million shortfall in tuition income resulting from lower fall
enrollment and a potential $1 million shortfall in reimbursement for costs
associated with large research contracts.
Geoffroy previously announced that three areas -- student financial aid, the
admissions office and campus fuel and utilities fund -- will not be reduced.
Reductions at Iowa State are targeted, not across-the-board.
As announced on Nov. 3, the four divisions of Iowa State's general
university budget -- academic affairs, business and finance, president's
office, and student affairs -- will make cuts totaling $6.9 million as
The remaining $1.4 million reduction will be achieved by 2.5 percent cuts
required by the governor's order to other campus units that receive direct
state funding: Agriculture Experiment Station, Cooperative Extension,
Leopold Center, Livestock Research, Institute for Physical Research and
Technology (IPRT), Small Business Development Centers and the ISU Research
- President's office, $1.3 million (8.1 percent reduction)
- Business and finance, $1.2 million (3.5 percent)
- Student affairs, $246,000 (1.9 percent)
- Academic affairs, $4.2 million (1.8 percent)
Key pieces in each of the four administrative area's budget reduction plans
are outlined below and will be detailed in the coming month. The Board of
Regents, State of Iowa, must approve the university's plans for reducing the
Individual unit reductions will vary from 0.97 percent to 10.36 percent,
with reductions to the colleges consistent at 1.84 percent (see chart).
The office of the vice provost for undergraduate programs will be eliminated
and Graduate College oversight will be moved from the office of the vice
provost for research and advanced studies to the provost office.
Vice president for academic affairs and provost Benjamin Allen said the goal
is stronger coordination between undergraduate and graduate programs. All
the functions of the two programs will undergo careful review to determine
which ones are retained and reassigned, and which ones are eliminated.
"Many of these programs will still exist," Allen said. "The oversight
functions for them are being streamlined. Our goal remains to provide a
quality education to both undergraduate and graduate students."
Allen, the college deans and vice provosts have begun an extensive review of
the long-standing college academic and administrative organization. The
review will be completed within the next three months and significant
changes are likely, he said.
"This review underscores just how seriously these budget cuts are impacting
the university," Allen said. "The traditional system of individual colleges
devoted to particular academic disciplines has worked very well in helping
Iowa State carry out its land-grant mission, but the budget reductions of
the past several years have caused severe strain in this system. We must
consider reorganization, including the possibility of combining colleges and
other academic units."
The athletics department will receive $560,000 less in general university
support. A $425,000 reduction to funding for strategic initiatives will
reduce Iowa State's ability to support new faculty positions and retain
existing faculty. The offices of university marketing, university relations
and the ISU Alumni Association collectively will absorb $160,000 in
reductions. Governmental relations' budget will shrink by $50,000.
Business and finance
University support to WOI Radio, University Museums and the Iowa State
Center will be reduced by nearly $585,000, collectively. It is expected
these units will rely more on increased user or program fees and private
gifts. The functions of the risk management office will be transferred to
other appropriate university offices, resulting in administrative savings.
Recent legislation has eased some of the requirements for printing services
regarding state printing contracts and for campus asset recovery, so staff
reassignments or layoffs in those areas are likely. Facilities planning will
reduce support for project planning (as projects wrap up), saving more than
Three searches, including the search for an assistant dean of students, will
be put on hold until the next fiscal year and several student positions in
the Memorial Union, international education services and dean of students
office will be eliminated. Vice president Tom Hill said one-time cuts this
fiscal year may be different from long-term changes planned to take effect
| Academic Affairs|
FY04 mid-year reductions
| || ||
| Office of the Vice President & Provost ||
| Research Administration/Graduate College/ Research
Park || ||$209,011 ||
| Undergraduate Programs||
|| $74,199|| ||1.84% |
| University Extension|
|| ||1.59% |
| College of Agriculture|
| || $822,362
|| ||1.60% |
| College of Business|
|| $214,504 ||
| College of Design ||
|| $176,246 ||
| College of Education ||
| College of Engineering ||
| College of Family and Consumer Sciences
|| || $156,818 ||
| College of Liberal Arts and Sciences ||
|| $1,203,098 ||
| College of Veterinary Medicine|
Livestock Disease Research
| || $346,072 || ||1.84%|
| Library || ||$319,364 || ||1.84%|
| IPRT, including special purpose appropriation
|| || $70,624 ||
| Plant Sciences Institute ||
| Total || ||$5,577,575 || ||1.81%|
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