…In 2011 Legislative Priorities

As emphasized throughout this report, sufficient funding from State appropriations is critical to ensuring effective and quality education, research, economic development initiatives and other services from Iowa’s Public Universities and Special Schools. This report looks ahead to the Board of Regents planned funding requests to the 2011 Iowa legislature, for use in FY 2012 (beginning July 1, 2011).

Salary Funding

Full funding for any and all State-supported salaries will be a top priority for the Board of Regents in FY 2012. This funding is key to ensuring Iowa’s Public Universities and Special Schools remain premier institutions among peers by:

  • Allowing Iowa’s Public Universities to compete with peers in recruiting and retaining top faculty in a global marketplace;
  • Implementing institutional strategic plans;
  • Providing exceptional learning opportunities for students;
  • Stimulating economic development by supporting evolving technologies;
  • Disseminating knowledge; and
  • Delivering valued public service that Iowans expect from their Public Universities.

The specific dollar amounts for incremental salary funding will be determined following completion of state collective bargaining negotiations for FY 2012-2013.

Higher Education Operating Appropriations Request – $493.6 million

The Board of Regents 2010-2016 Strategic Plan guides our legislative priorities. Our higher education operating appropriations request for FY 2012 is tightly linked to two Strategic Plan priorities – Access, Affordability, and Student Success, and Educational Excellence and Impact – as they reflect the Board’s commitment to affordability; student success, incorporating timely degree attainment and outcomes assessment; diversity; and the quality of interdisciplinary education experiences for undergraduate and graduate education.

The FY 2012 higher education operating appropriations request includes the following:

  • Continuation of FY 2011 recurring appropriations of $465.7 million
  • Incremental funding of $19.1 million to support new strategic initiatives
  • Replacement of one-time funds of $8.7 million with recurring appropriations

Higher Education Legislative Special Purpose Appropriations Request – $98.1 million

The Special Purpose appropriations request is for funding specific programs that provide statewide services at each institution, such as the Hygienic Lab at the University of Iowa, Cooperative Extension Service and Agriculture Experiment Station at Iowa State University, and the Iowa Math and Science Education Partnership (IMSEP) at the University of Northern Iowa.

Special School Education Operating Appropriations Request –
$14.9 million

The funding request for the Iowa School for the Deaf and the Iowa Braille and Sight School and Statewide System for Vision Services allows the Board to continue providing high-quality, individualized instructional opportunities to children and youth who are deaf or hard of hearing, and to those who are blind or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities. This funding also will support the Board’s strategic goal for the schools to meet or exceed state academic standards in reading and mathematics. The request includes the continuation of FY 2011 recurring appropriations of $13.7 million for general operations, incremental funding of $543,893 (representing the K-12 allowable growth rate of 4%), and replacement of one-time funding of $625,311 with recurring appropriations.

Economic Development Operating Appropriations Request –
$5.0 million

Our economic development operating appropriations request for FY 2012 is tightly linked with the Strategic Plan priority of Economic Development and Vitality. The Board proposes a jobs and wealth creation initiative to address critical gaps inhibiting the fullest use of the universities’ research and outreach assets for economic development, and to more closely align our research and innovation with new statewide innovation initiatives. State general funding of $5 million per year will support this critical asset for Iowa’s economy.

The appropriation would provide operating funds for the Advanced Drug Development, Oakdale Research Park, and Technology Innovation Center at the University of Iowa; the Institute for Physical Research and Technology, Small Business Development Centers, and ISU Research Park at Iowa State University; and the Institute for Decision Making and the Metal Casting Center at the University of Northern Iowa.

UIHC IowaCare Program Appropriations Request – Full Funding of IowaCare Claims

The IowaCare Program, initiated by the Iowa Department of Human Services on July 1, 2005, has benefited thousands of low-income Iowans without health insurance. The initial five-year waiver has been renewed through December 31, 2013, at which time most of the IowaCare population is expected to transition into Medicaid. Under the renewed waiver, additional sites for IowaCare beneficiaries to receive care will be phased in over time. These sites will serve as medical homes for beneficiaries assigned there and they will provide primary care to the assigned population. Access to specialty services at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) will still be available to these beneficiaries if a referral is made by the medical home.

Permission has also been obtained under the renewed waiver for physician services delivered at the UIHC to be reimbursed under IowaCare. This is due, in part, to the UIHC assisting with the provision of State matching dollars. There are still State plan amendments outstanding that are necessary to fully enact all that was envisioned by the legislature last year. With the implementation of significant changes to any program, and particularly one as complicated as IowaCare, there will likely be opportunities where adjustments become necessary to better achieve desired outcomes.

Iowa Public Radio – $414,445

Iowa Public Radio (IPR) was incorporated in February 2006 exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, with the primary goal of supporting and promoting the welfare and growth of the network of public radio stations licensed to the Board of Regents and operated for the public benefit. Specifically, IPR has three goals:

  • IPR will increase and enhance service across the State of Iowa.
  • IPR will work toward self-sufficiency while growing annual revenues to $8.5 million by 2011.
  • IPR will become a fully integrated organization, blending the best of each of the stations while moving to the next level as a public radio operation, and as a best-of-class Iowa nonprofit.

The IPR request reflects a 2% increase in operating support from the State of Iowa – from $406,319 in FY 2011 to $414,445 in FY 2012. The primary use of the funds is to build capacity in IPR fund-raising staff – in people, tools and resources – to continue towards the goal of self-sufficiency.

Non-appropriations Request

The Board of Regents strongly encourages Regent institutions to seek collaboration and partnerships between Regent institutions and other sectors of State government that result in improved productivity, more effective stewardship of state resources, and enhanced economic development opportunities for Iowa’s citizens. The Board also seeks relief from statutory and administrative state mandates that demonstrably impede the Regents flexibility in governance, require unnecessary staff work, or require significant reporting which no longer serves a critical state or Regent strategic purpose.

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