General University Base Appropriations

Iowa State University’s undergraduate student enrollment has increased 35% over the last ten years. Science-based curricula in agriculture and life sciences and engineering – as well as supply chain management, information technology, kinesiology, and STEM fields in general – are especially in demand.

Funding will be used to address critical capacity needs associated with increasing student growth as well as maintain and advance the quality of academic programs and student services.

  • Faculty and student support services – Due to enrollment growth, the student-to-faculty ratio has grown substantially. Additional faculty are needed to serve the student population and to accommodate the increasing number of multicultural and international students. Enhancing services that promote student health, wellness, and safety are important to student success. Students cannot fully achieve academic success when they struggle to find appropriate levels of support services for physical, mental, and emotional health.  Additionally, the demand for student support services in the classroom and advising has also grown. This requires additional counselors, campus police, lab coordinators, custodial staff, financial aid professionals, academic advisors, and others to help students stay on-track for timely graduation.
  • Personalized and online learning – Demands for academic support services and online learning have also grown with enrollment. Personalized learning occurs in and out of the classroom – through course-based learning communities, student organizations, internships, honors program, and undergraduate research – and is critical to the university’s brand and the success of its graduates. Funding is used for tutors, supplemental instruction, writing assistance, and to enhance online education programs.
  • Classroom, laboratory, and technology improvements – Funding helps ISU ensure classrooms are sized and configured appropriately as well as contain the right technology to support student learning. Additionally, technology infrastructure needs are increasing to protect information and to meet student expectations for information access for anytime, anyplace learning. State appropriations enable the university to comply with former Governor Branstad’s executive order (87) pertaining to cyber security. Iowa State is also implementing a new cloud-based enterprise system to improve the efficiency of financial, human capital, and student information systems and transactions consistent with the outcomes of the recent Board of Regents TIER study. 
  • Access and affordability – Efforts to keep costs down, improve financial literacy, and reduce time to degree are paying off as average student debt has declined. The Student Loan Education and Financial Planning Office offers presentations and one-on-one counseling on financial literacy for Enrollment in the one-credit online “Personal Finance in Early Adulthood” course continues to grow and a new face-to-face offering gives students another option to formally assess their personal finances. State funding allows for growth in face-to-face personal finance assessments and identifying additional lower-cost paths to degree.
  • Safe, welcoming, and inclusive campus – Enrollment growth increases the need for campus safety and takes a toll on campus physical infrastructure. Due to increased pedestrian and vehicle traffic, classrooms, study and collaboration quarters, and exterior spaces, all require more frequent maintenance and cleaning. There is also a need for student safety training, particularly for those in laboratory environments. Safety services, including prevention and outreach, safety escorts, motorist assistance, and standard campus policing require additional public safety officers to maintain adequate ratios. In support of that goal, for instance, ISU Police has added officers to its multicultural liaison program. Likewise, programs that support student, faculty, and staff understanding of the rich and diverse cultural backgrounds represented on campus continue to be an important priority on campus. Furthermore, the university is developing a comprehensive accessibility compliance plan to ensure that web  sites  and  student  and  employee  resources  are  accessible  to all  users.