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Aug. 12, 2005

Salary, benefits take largest portion of new dollars

by Anne Krapfl

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, approved an FY06 budget for Iowa State Aug. 4 that includes just over $27 million in new and reallocated funds. FY06 began on July 1.

Salary and benefit increases are the single largest piece -- $12.2 million -- of the additional money. The faculty salaries portion of that is $6.5 million, the P&S portion is $3.2 million, and the merit staff portion is $2.5 million.

The second largest initiative to receive funding is building renovation and operation. Of $3.5 million designated, $2.5 million is a one-time state appropriation that must be used for major building repair, according to the legislation.

These two big-dollar items are among 14 initiatives university leaders identified for funding next year. The 14 respond to top priorities in Iowa State's 2005-10 strategic plan and the Regent Partnership Plan for Transformation and Excellence.

FY06 new and reallocated dollars

Where it came from

New revenues $17,939,458
--State appropriation, $9,687,693*
--Tuition, $7,649,175
--Other income, $602,590**
Reallocations $9,153,451
Total $27,092,909

* $6.07 million increase to the university's base budget; $3.62 million in one-time funds

** Indirect cost recovery, interest income, misc. fees

How it will be spent

-- Achieve competitive salaries for faculty and staff $12,209,920
-- Increase student success and enhance the quality of undergraduate educational programs $2,395,088
-- Increase the excellence of graduate, professional and research programs that are, or can be, among the very best $6,224,793
-- Strengthen Iowa through technology transfer, economic development and enhanced Extension and outreach programs $625,345
-- Increase administrative efficiency and improve administrative systems, information infrastructure and facilities needed to support the above priorities $5,637,763
Total $27,092,909


Iowa State will invest more than $27 million in 14 high-priority initiatives that support the university's new strategic plan and the broader Regent Partnership Plan for Transformation and Excellence.