CEDAR FALLS — The Iowa Board of Regents will hold its regular meeting on the University of Northern Iowa campus next week.
The agenda includes finalizing a proposed tuition increase that would bring the total resident undergraduate increase for the 2017-2018 year to 5 percent, or $358.
The board previously adopted a 2 percent increase and is considering a further 3 percent to meet budgeting needs after state appropriations were less than expected.
The board meeting will take place June 7 and 8 at Slife Ballroom in the Commons on the UNI campus. Committees will begin meeting at 1 p.m. June 7. The full board will meet and address the proposed tuition increase at 10 a.m. June 8.
During a first reading of the proposed tuition increase earlier in May, student leaders noted this is the second consecutive year the regents adopted a tuition rate for the coming year and then had to come back for a second increase. They worried a precedent was being set and called for stability.
“We understand that it’s necessary, but it’s still a disservice to students,” Jamal White, UNI student body president, said at the previous meeting.
UNI President Mark Nook said previously the proposed increase — which would bring UNI in-state undergraduate tuition to $7,456 — would not make up for the cuts the university sustained.
Across the regents institutions, the Legislature cut $30.3 million in both the 2017 and 2018 fiscal year as compared with its original 2017 appropriation. The tuition increases are expected to generate $25.7 million.
UNI sustained cuts of $3.3 million; the tuition increase is expected to generate about $2 million for the university.
In addition to the tuition increase proposal, the regents will hear presentations on UNI’s tuition task force and its GeoInformatics Training, Research Education and Extension Center, or GeoTREE.
The board meeting also will include time for public comments for the first time. Details and a sign-up form are available at http://www.iowaregents.edu/plans-and-policies/transparency/public-comment-pilot-program/.
Institutional heads and board president Michael Richards also will offer reports.
The day before the regents meet on the UNI campus June 6, the board will hold evaluations of institutional heads and its executive director at the Iowa State University campus. Nook, who took over as president Feb. 1, will be included in the evaluations.