Base Appropriations Increase

$3.7 million increase, 2% increase

Iowa State University’s undergraduate student enrollment has increased 26% over the last five years. The appropriated funds will be used to address critical capacity needs associated with the growth and to advance the quality of academic programs and student services. A portion of these student success needs include the following:

  • Faculty and Student Support Services – Additional faculty are needed to serve the growing population and to accommodate the increasing number of multicultural and international students. Additionally, the demand for student support services in the classroom and advising has also grown. This requires additional counselors, financial aid professionals, custodial staff, academic advisors, etc. to help students stay on-track for timely graduation.
  • Classroom, Laboratory, and Technology Improvements – Additional funding will help ISU ensure classrooms contain the appropriate technology to support student learning and expand efforts to modernize classrooms and laboratories. Additionally, technology infrastructure needs are increasing to protect information and to meet student expectations for information access.
  • Support Personalized and Online Learning – Demands for academic support services and online learning have also grown with enrollment. Additional funding is needed for tutors, supplemental instruction, writing assistance, and to enhance online education programs.
  • Access and Affordability – Past efforts to keep costs down, improve financial literacy, and reduce time to degree are paying off as average student has declined by 14% over the past ten years. These efforts will continue and additional funding allows for growth in face-to-face personal finance assessments and identifying lower-cost paths to degree.
  • Maintaining a Safe and Welcoming Campus – ISU’s new strategic plan focuses on the importance of a safe, welcoming and inclusive campus. A greater need exists for student safety in laboratories, maintenance of study and collaboration space, and exterior improvements on campus.