Student tuition dollars represented nearly 60 percent of total public higher education budgets last year in Iowa, ranking 10th highest in the nation.
As state funding for educational budgets has declined, the tuition portion of the formula has climbed at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa. Higher education leaders have sounded the warning bell for years, and they say the sweeping cuts to UNI academic programs is a result of state funding not keeping pace.
“I think there’s a real understanding that the cuts have consequences,” said Board of Regents President Craig Lang of Brooklyn.
Some on the other side of the argument, however, say universities must find efficiencies and make smarter fiscal decisions.