The state's public colleges and universities are absorbing a fifth round of budget cuts since 2008. In the new state budget, higher education was cut by $66 million, bringing total cuts since 2008 to $420 million.
Iowa State University increased outside funding to $360 million last year, though the total fell $28 million short of a record haul two years ago, according to figures released Monday by the university.
Administrators at Grand Rapids Community College say they don’t expect a recently implemented hiring freeze to affect plans to make three-dozen temporary faculty positions permanent during the 2012-13 academic year.
California State University trustees will vote next week on compensation packages for seven campus presidents, including three who would make more than their predecessors because they're slated to receive salary supplements from campus foundations.