State cuts lead to UI staff cuts, university center closures

The University of Iowa plans to cut staff, sell property in Des Moines and make other moves in response to state funding reductions.

The university announced the move Tuesday in a news release, saying it will close seven centers and permanently furlough 33 full-time staffers whose positions are not directly tied to student instruction.

The centers closing are: the University of Iowa Center on Aging; Confucius Institute; Iowa Center for Assistive Technology Education and Research; Iowa Center for Higher Education; Labor Center; Office of Iowa Practice Opportunities; and UI Mobile Museum.

Since the 2016 fiscal year, the Iowa Legislature has cut UI’s budget by $16 million. A midyear cut in April of nearly $5.5 million also forced the university to adopt a five-month moratorium on construction projects.

The university says it will continue to offer classes in Des Moines but will close the former AIB College of Business campus and will seek a buyer for the property.

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