U of I to sell former AIB campus in Des Moines

The University of Iowa says they're selling the former AIB campus in Des Moines and sending students either online or to the Pappajohn Center in downtown Des Moines for classes.

The University says the Iowa legislature should have appropriated $100 million more for the university to keep pace with inflationary costs.  Instead they appropriated over $9 million less this year than last year, while enrollment is 5,693 students more than the previous year.

As a result, the University says they will close the Iowa Center For Higher Education in Des Moines.  It was created when the land and buildings of the old AIB campus in Des Moines were gifted to the University of Iowa.  

Students enrolled in the social work degree program at the facility will take their classes at the John and Mary Pappajohn Center in downtown Des Moines.  Students in other programs will have classes offered at the Pappajohn Center and online.

Six full time jobs will be eliminated with the move and the property will be sold and used to fund University of Iowa scholarships.  

The university says a total of 33 employees will lose their jobs due to budget cuts, including impacts to other programs to increase farm safety, and recruit dentists and assist veterans with college.  It's expected to yield a $3.5 million dollar savings to the university once it's fully implemented.

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