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Consultants pitch savings plan to Regents, could eliminate hundreds of jobs

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Hundreds of jobs at Iowa's three state universities could be phased out if the Board of Regents approves the recommendations made by consultants, who were hired to find ways to make the universities more efficient.

The consultants say some of this could happen naturally over the course of two years by simply not filling empty positions, or by offering phased retirements. While nothing is set in stone yet, it seems like some big changes could be coming to the three state universities.Some of those recommendations include changes to Human Resources, Information Technology and Finance departments and could mean fewer people working in those areas.

"It's just a concept at this point, even if you were to implement some of these things, we're talking more than a year away before any jobs are eliminated or anything like that," said Rick Ferraro, Deloitte Consulting LLP.

For Finance, Deloitte Consulting is recommending each university share services, possibly by building or by college. It could eliminate up to 14 positions at UNI, 50 at ISU and as many as 61 at Iowa.

In Human Resources, Deloitte claims investing in technology could help save money but it could also eliminate 10 positions at UNI, 61 at ISU and 12 at Iowa.

As far as IT goes, the consultants are recommending pooling services where possible, which could phase out 6 jobs at UNI, 20 at ISU and 35 at Iowa.

These recommendations could save the universities millions of dollars, which the board of regents says would be re-invested at each university to help students. No specific positions have been named and the consultants say all those estimates could change.

The Board of Regents is expected to vote on whether to follow these recommendations at a meeting next month.

Town Hall Meetings are being held at each university before  the Board of Regents votes.

  • University of Northern Iowa: Monday, October 6 from 3-5 p.m. at the Maucker Union Ballroom
  • University of Iowa: Thursday, October 9 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the IMU 2nd Floor Ballroom
  • Iowa State University: Monday, October 13 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. in the Gallery Room at the Memorial Union

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