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Friday, October 30, 2009

FromDC2Iowa: Cutting slack, cutting budgets

Excerpted from this post at FromDC2Iowa

Regents, University Presidents, Deserve Some Thanks and Credit ... The sound of one shoe dropping. The Iowa universities' presidents have presented their budget-cutting plans to the Regents, and the Regents have taken some votes. Those who comment on newspapers' online stories are not always known for their civility and graciousness, and they've offered little toward the decisions reported in the stories about yesterday's [Oct. 29] Regents' meeting in Cedar Falls. I've never hesitated to provide free blog advice to the Regents and the UI administration. ... But on this occasion, without agreeing with everything they've done, I think we need to cut the Regents and the three university presidents some slack, and give them thanks and credit for a creative effort at fairness and equity in their execution of the thankless task of deep budget cuts.

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