What you need to know about the next Board of Regents meeting


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No one came to the Board of Regents’ open forum Sept. 4 for the meeting on Sept. 9 and 10. There were empty seats and an empty sign-in sheet.

Danielle Ferguson

The next Board of Regents meeting is Sept. 9 and 10. Here are a few key items on the agenda to pay attention to.

Student Innovation Center

Iowa State is requesting $8 million to create a Student Innovation Center.

The 175,000-square-foot center would encourage student interaction, hands-on and discovery-based learning for the College of Design and the College of Engineering. Students are encouraged to collaborate with students in other disciplines and will interact both virtually and in person.

The 2016 fiscal year’s $8 million is to be used to begin the project. The five-year plan includes an additional $32 million in 2017 to 2019 fiscal years. The state request would be leveraged with $40 million in private gifts, according to the board agenda item.


A recommendation based on the Transparent, Inclusive, Efficiency Review would allow potential students to apply to one or all three regent universities with one application.

In order to do this, the board estimated that creating the new online application portal would cost about $500,000.

Applicants would pay for each university’s application fee.

Another business case from the study would standardize how students who go to schools that don’t have class ranks are scored. The Regents Admissions Index would be the same across all three regent universities.

Deloitte, the firm conducting the study, will not be involved in the implementing phase unless the board decides it is necessary.

The board will vote on the business cases at 1 p.m. Sept. 10 in the Sun Room of the Memorial Union.

Regent Larry McKibben will also provide a update.

Five-year state-funded capital plan

The board will vote to approve the 2016 to 2020 fiscal years’ capital plan of $497.9 million.


Each of the university presidents will share official enrollment numbers. Iowa State’s fall 2014 enrollment is predicted to be more than 34,000.

Audit compliance

A June 17 internal audit found that Iowa State was not compliant with the current expectations of the Clery Act.

The Clery Act requires universities to release timely warnings of crimes that occur on or around campus via email, voicemail or text message. Iowa State had posted some events to the ISU Police Department’s website. The university changed the policy in February 2014.

The board will hear more about the audit and Iowa State’s plans at the meeting.

The full agenda can be found here. The Board of Regents will meet Sept. 9 and 10 in the Sun Room of the Memorial Union.