More Details Expected on Cuts at Iowa Regents Universities

By Adam Carros, KCRG-TV9

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- More details are expected this week as phase two of an efficiency review of Iowa’s three public universities starts with town hall meetings.

The Iowa Board of Regents hired the Deloitte Consulting firm to review the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa. This week, the firm and the Board of Regents will hold town hall meetings on the three campuses to discuss the proposed efficiencies detailed in Deloitte’s report.

The problem is the public does not know what those efficiencies are yet. The firm released a summary version of its findings to the public last week while the Board of Regents got the full version. The summary version outlined 8 areas Deloitte says the universities could save money but does not give any specific proposals for achieving those savings. In other words, it does not specify what spending would be cut. THe full report given to the Board of Regents contains those details, which would likely come out during the town hall meetings.

THe first meeting is scheduled for Monday at 3:00 pm at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at the University of Northern Iowa. The second meeting will take place Wednesday at 11:00 am at the University of Iowa in the Iowa Memorial Union. The final meeting is Tuesday, June 24th, at Howe Hall on the Iowa State University campus. The Board of Regents, university presidents and members of the Deloitte team will take part in the meetings to give more specifics about the proposals to save money.

The Board of Regents is paying Deloitte a total of nearly $3.5 million dollars for the efficiency review.

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