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Release: Jan. 11, 2002

(EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is a statement issued today by UI President Mary Sue Coleman in response to a report by the consulting firm, MGT of America, Inc. The Board of Regents, State of Iowa earlier has commissioned the firm to review operations of the board office, the board and the Regent institutions.)

Statement from UI President Mary Sue Coleman in response to consultant recommendations

Today the Board of Regents is releasing the Phase I report of "A Comprehensive Organizational Review of The Board of Regents, State of Iowa," prepared by the consulting group MGT of America, Inc. The Board engaged MGT in June 2001 to conduct a diagnostic review of the overall structure and efficiency of the five Regent institutions, the Board, and the Board office, similar to reviews occurring throughout state governmental agencies. Regular external review is a valuable tool for ongoing improvement of overall operations, allowing us to fulfill our mission and be good stewards of the public trust and public dollars.

I am pleased that the report states that "the citizens of Iowa should be proud of the quality of their Regent institutions. MGT found each of them to be efficient compared with those in other states reviewed in the past." MGT also applauds the UI in particular for its success in the four-year graduation plan and external funding accomplishments. The report, however, acknowledges that current external conditions causing major budget shortfalls "have created a climate in which even greater performance will be required."

The MGT review is a continuation of an ongoing process that began in 1987 when the Board initiated a management audit. The 1987-1989 review process resulted in many planning and operational improvements. In 1995, the Board also undertook a review of the implementation status of the 1987-1989 audit. We are fortunate that the Board's strategic planning process and our own institutional planning have been effective at streamlining and improving the quality of our operations over the past 12 years and, according to MGT, exceed such efforts typical across the nation.

The Board of Regents will soon be deciding which recommended specific studies from MGT's Phase I report to undertake in Phases II and III of the review process, which will occur over the next year. The Regent institutions will be partners in the study process, and our campus community at the UI will be fully engaged, as we have been in such efforts since the late 1980s. Fortunately, the UI has been engaged in consolidation and efficiency efforts at the university, college, and unit levels for the past several years, all the while improving quality and preserving our central mission. We are in an excellent position to continue improvements that the Board will ask of us.

I thank you for your past work in conducting these reviews and developing the useful strategies that result from them, as well as your future assistance in helping us serve the citizens of Iowa economically and responsibly.

The Board of Regents news release on the MGT review is now available at:
http://www2.state.ia.us/regents/News%20Releases/Jan02/jangd27advisory.htm.