Iowa Universities Plan Steps to Handle Budget Realities

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The University of Northern Iowa and University of Iowa are identifying areas that could be trimmed to handle revenue limitations.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that officials say in budget documents sent to the Iowa Board of Regents that Northern Iowa expects to receive $3 million less to spend this coming year than last, in part because of stagnant tuition rates and declining enrollment.

Northern Iowa plans to cut the number of course sections and reduce the teaching force.

The University of Iowa expects to have $1 million more to spend next year, but officials say that may not be enough to prevent future cutbacks. University officials told the regents about efforts to review activities for elimination.

Iowa State officials expect to collect $9 million more in revenue in the coming year.

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