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University of Iowa News Release

Jan. 16, 2004

Carlson To Lead UI General Education Fund Task Force

Professor of Law Jonathan Carlson has been named by University of Iowa President David Skorton to lead a General Education Fund (GEF) Task Force that will recommend, by April 15, recurring General Education Fund spending reductions. Carlson is a former president of the UI Faculty Senate.

The Task Force will include the elected leadership from the Faculty Senate, Staff Council and Student Government as well as other faculty and staff with relevant experience and expertise. Joining the Task Force as ex officio members are Interim Provost Patricia Cain, Vice President for Finance and Operations Douglas True, and General Counsel Mark Schantz. Assistant vice president and chief information officer David Dobbins will take a leave of absence from his duties to serve as administrative liaison to the Task Force and as special consultant to Cain and True.

"We expect that further expenditure reductions will be required to balance the general education fund budget for the next fiscal year," Skorton said. "A substantial portion of the reductions must be focused and guided strategically. With that in mind, I have initiated a process for budget reductions that will help solve the immediate budget difficulties, will help protect our core teaching and scholarly missions, and may enable very selective growth for our most critical academic initiatives."

The vice presidents group and the collegiate deans, acting in concert, are coordinating this budget process.

The GEF Task Force is intended to provide broad-ranging input into the process. The Task Force will evaluate programs suggested by the vice presidents and deans, propose other programs to be evaluated, and make recommendations for spending changes to the vice presidents and deans.

In addition to recommending cuts of GEF funding for selected programs, the Task Force may also recommend other steps to reduce costs or enhance revenues in connection with programs supported in whole or part by the GEF. In addition, the Task Force will be asked to offer suggestions to the provost, as part of an overall review led by the three Regent university provosts, for achieving cost savings by reducing academic program duplication.

In addition to Carlson, members of the Task Force are:

Margaret Raymond, professor of law and president of the Faculty Senate
Katherine Tachau, professor of history and vice president of the Faculty Senate
Charlie Eastham, president of the Staff Council
Cheryl Reardon, vice president of the Staff Council
Nate Green, president of the UI Student Senate
Nick Klenske, graduate and professional student senate
Kitty Buckwalter, associate provost for health sciences, professor of nursing
Greg Carmichael, professor of chemical and biochemical engineering
Raul Curto, associate dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Madgetta Dungy, assistant dean, College of Medicine
Beth Ingram, professor of economics
John Keller, dean of the Graduate College
Dee Morris, professor of English
Mike O'Hara, professor of psychology
Larry Prybil, associate dean, College of Public Health
Mike Shasby, professor of internal medicine
John Westefeld, professor of psychological and quantitative foundations

STORY SOURCE: University Relations, 101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

MEDIA CONTACT: Steve Parrott, 319-335-0552, steven-parrott@uiowa.edu.