Iowa Budget Proposal May Spark 'Family Feud' Among Universities

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Jeff Cook, Quad-City Times, 
ZUMAPRESS.com, Newscom

Sally Mason, president of the U. 
of Iowa, asked regents to consider her institution’s research costs.

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Jeff Cook, Quad-City Times, 
ZUMAPRESS.com, Newscom

Sally Mason, president of the U. 
of Iowa, asked regents to consider her institution’s research costs.

Most states are moving away from allocating public colleges’ money based entirely on enrollment and toward rewarding them according to benchmarks for access and completion. A proposal to do that in Iowa highlights the difficulties of creating new rewards for some institutions without punishing others.

The governing board for Iowa’s three public universities is considering a new formula that would eventually appropriate about 40 percent of the state money based on criteria