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UI Provost Warns of Pay Freeze, Bigger Class Size

January 29, 2009

The Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa

A provost at the University of Iowa says faculty should prepare for a pay freeze and bigger classes as the university trims costs to absorb state budget cuts.

Provost Wallace Loh issued the warnings in an e-mail sent to faculty on staff on Wednesday.

College deans have been asked to develop plans by March 20 to trim costs to offset budget cuts in fiscal year 2010 and to generate more revenue.

Loh says the university also plans a new incentive program to reward colleges that generate additional revenue.

"The central theme is shared sacrifice," Loh said. "People realize this is a serious situation, but there's a real spirit of we can get through this fine if we work together."

Iowa's three public universities already must trim more than $17 million this year, and Gov. Chet Culver has proposed a 6.5 percent across-the-board cut for next fiscal year.

Leaders of the university, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa won't know until after the Legislature adjourns in April what their state funding will be for next year.

Loh said Iowa must do its best to protect academic quality and flood relief.

He said some faculty will teach more classes, while some classes will be bigger. Some open jobs won't be filled and some travel will be canceled, he said.

"We will continue to hire, continue to invest money in certain areas, just not across the whole spectrum," he said.

At Iowa State, officials are analyzing tuition policies and spending on commencement ceremonies, and officials at Northern Iowa are studying various scenarios and hope to provide information to faculty and staff this week.