March 25, 2010

Regents get first look at proposed parking, room and board increases

by Anne Krapfl

Campus parking permits would cost 2.5 percent more on July 1, under proposed rates reviewed March 24 by the state Board of Regents. The board will make a final decision on the new prices at its April 28-29 meeting.

For example, the cost of a general staff permit would rise $3, from $125 to $128 annually. A reserved permit would go from $446 to $457.

No increases are proposed for campus parking meters and metered parking lots. The additional revenue from the proposed increases would be used to rehabilitate existing lots.

The Memorial Union proposes its own increases for MU ramp permits. As proposed, an annual permit would go up $12 (2.7 percent), or from $450 to $462, on July 1. For those who use the ramp occasionally and pay by the hour, the maximum daily rate would go from the current $8 to $8.50. Hourly rates for the second, sixth and seventh hours of use would go up 25 cents each; other hourly increments would remain unchanged.

Parking permit increases

Permit FY11 (proposed) FY10 (actual) Increase (%)
General staff* $128 $125 2.4
Reserved $457 $446 2.5
24-hour Reserved $821 $801 2.5
Vendor $166 $162 2.5
Departmental $128 $125 2.4
Motorcycle (staff) $43 $42 2.4
MU ramp, annual $462 $450 2.7
MU ramp, semester $195 $187 4.3
MU ramp, summer $156 $150 4.0
MU ramp, daily max. $8.50 $8 6.3

*Includes Residence and Ames Lab staff permits

Room and board rates for 2010-11

The regents also reviewed proposed increases for room and board rates next year. Their vote on the proposal also is scheduled for the April meeting. New rates take effect May 9.

The residence department proposes to raise room and Frederiksen Court apartment rates 3.5 percent. In the residence halls, this difference ranges from $124 (a triple room in Richardson Court) to $260 (a "super single" in Eaton or Martin halls) for the academic year. At Frederiksen Court, the proposed rent increases range from $134 to $206 on a nine-month lease. Apartments in Schilletter and University Village would go up a proposed 2.7 percent ($13 to $16 per month).

ISU Dining proposes to raise meal packages 1.67 percent to 2.0 percent. ISU Dining will offer 12 combinations of meals and/or Dining Dollars. Students who don't live in the residence system may purchase any of the packages as well.

The room-board combination the residence department uses now for year-to-year comparisons is a double room in the Richardson Court complex and 17 meals/week plus $350 Dining Dollars. The proposed cost of this package would go up $193 (2.7 percent) next year.

Honorary degree, degree name changes

In other business, the regents:

  • Approved Iowa State's request to offer the Master of Education (M.Ed.) program in educational leadership in Ottumwa, through a combination of face-to-face and online classes. The program is designed for working adults who want to earn a graduate degree in education administration.
  • Approved Iowa State's request to present an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree to alumnus and former U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic Charles Manatt at the spring 2011 commencement. Manatt received a B.A. degree in sociology from Iowa State in 1958. In addition to a successful career in law, Manatt has served the Democratic Party at state and national levels. He also has been a leader for private groups working to bring democracy and free enterprise to underdeveloped countries. Iowa State's Manatt-Phelps annual lecture in political science is funded by Manatt and his law partner and fellow alum Thomas Phelps.
  • Approved the sale of $13.065 million in Dormitory Revenue Refunding Bonds to refund bonds sold in 1999 ($16.9 million) for phase 1 construction of Frederiksen Court apartments. Lower interest rates today will result in an estimated savings of $989,000, and annual cash flow savings of $90,000.
  • Approved new names for several degree programs in the College of Human Sciences, effective fall 2010:
    -- B.S. in apparel, merchandising, and design (formerly apparel, merchandising, design and production)
    -- M.S. and Ph.D. in apparel, merchandising, and design (formerly textiles and clothing)
    -- B.S. in hospitality management (formerly hotel, restaurant, and institution management)
    -- M.S. and Ph.D. in hospitality management (formerly foodservice and lodging management)
    These changes all stem from recommendations made by external reviewers during program assessments.
  • Accepted Iowa State's annual campus safety and security report from the public safety department. There were no questions or comments on the report.