Former Iowa lawmaker Willard Jenkins has calculated that UNI supported 23 percent of Iowa students at the three regent universities during the fall semester, but was appropriated 18 percent of the state dollars budgeted for higher education.
Ruud has proposed that 75 percent of the state appropriations go toward resident students.
“I just need to be put on a level playing field,” he said.
Iowa House Speaker Kraig Paulsen, R-Hiawatha, is also speaking about long-term solutions.
“The concern is that if UNI continues to accept the crumbs from the other two institutions, then that’s what they will get into perpetuity,” he said.
He added that the University of Iowa has over a half a billion dollars in cash and cash equivalents, while UNI has $27 million.
The Iowa Board of Regents and our lawmakers need to continue working toward a long-term solution that gives UNI a fair shake going forward.
The bottom line is we shouldn’t be punishing one university because a greater percentage of its enrollment comes from our own state.