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Hearings Underway on Controversial Univ. of Iowa Review

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    IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The first of three public forums being conducted as part of a massive review aimed at finding efficiencies, maximizing resources, and creating savings at Iowa's universities is underway this morning at the University of Iowa.

    Hundreds of students, faculty, staff and community members are on hand including a group of protestors calling the process a "sham" and urging the Board of Regents to "Dump Deloitte." Deloitte LLP is the consulting firm regents hired at an initial cost of $2.5 million to help conduct the efficiency study.

    President Sally Mason opened this morning's forum, along with regent President Bruce Rastetter. Representatives with Deloitte also are in attendance to hear public suggestions on how the universities can create savings.

    Mason told those in attendance this morning that all the savings will go back into the campuses to help make them sustainable and successful in the long term. She has said, "Nothing is off the table, and all ideas and questions are welcome."