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Universities prepare for more cuts

by John Wilmer

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) - Layoffs and furloughs may be unavoidable at Iowa's three state universities.

Sally Mason, President of the University of Iowa, says these drastic steps may have to be taken because of the 10 percent across-the-board state cuts Governor Culver announced Thursday.

As of now the Board of Regents has already put a system wide freeze on general education-funded hirings. It has also put a moratorium on all new building construction projects except those dealing with flood renovations.

At the University of Iowa, President Mason sent an e-mail to faculty and staff on Friday letting them know that the cuts will involve making some difficult decisions. The possibility of budget cuts was also discussed in a letter sent to parents, which said reduction in faculty, staff, and student travel as well as increasing minimum class sizes are all possibilities.

At the University of Northern Iowa the new cuts equals out to $8.8 million, and reduces the university's state appropriations by $23.8 million since the start of the fiscal year.

In statement released this afternoon from UNI President Ben Allen, he says, "This will require substantial, structural changes to the university and sizeable cuts to programs and initiatives. Everything is on the table for review."

According to the Des Moines Register, Iowa State President Gregory Geoffroy says these budget reductions is severely reducing his schools ability to serve its students and Iowans at a level they deserve.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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