Brooklyn Draisey

Brooklyn Draisey

Brooklyn Draisey is a Report for America corps member covering higher education. She previously worked for the Quad-City Times and The Gazette covering topics ranging from business to culture.

University food pantries stretch to stock items for international students

By: - October 18, 2023

Of all the goods the Food Pantry at Iowa offers University of Iowa students, staff and faculty, rice is one of the hardest to consistently stock. As a shelf-stable item that is a staple in cooking across the globe, rice, especially different varieties, is always in need, pantry staff say. Food Pantry Basic Needs Manager […]

Iowa has lost more than 10% of pharmacies since 2008, Drake professor finds

By: - October 17, 2023

Research from a Drake University professor has documented what he and others have known to be true, but some denied — Iowa’s network of community pharmacies has been shrinking for more than a decade. Michael Andreski, associate professor of pharmacy at Drake University, conducted a study tracking open pharmacies in the state between 2008 and […]

Northeast Iowa Community College president placed on administrative leave

By: - October 10, 2023

Northeast Iowa Community College has placed its president, Herbert Riedel, on paid administrative leave until further notice. Riedel was placed on leave, effective immediately, after the college’s board of trustees met in three closed sessions Monday that all pertained to personnel matters involving the president, Public Relations and Social Media Manager Tara Cooley said in […]

Drake University receives $5 million gift for center of public democracy

By: - October 6, 2023

When Ron Olson addressed the journalists in Drake University’s Sheslow Auditorium during a press conference Friday, he asked them to not focus on the gift he and his wife, Jane Olson, were giving to the university, but rather on what the university gave to him. His time at the private university instilled values of community […]

Iowa community college tuition is up 3.6% this year, report shows

By: - October 5, 2023

As Iowa’s community colleges battle inflation and try to hold down costs for students, a recent report shows that tuition makes up an increasingly smaller share of the schools’ total revenue. According to the Fiscal Year 2024 Iowa Community Colleges Tuition and Fees Report, released by the Iowa Department of Education in September, average in-state […]

Grassley bill would end taxing of Pell Grant funds on living expenses

By: - October 4, 2023

As students prepare to apply for federal student aid this winter, local colleges are hopeful that a bill proposed in Congress will allow some low-income students to use awarded funds however they need without penalty. U.S. Sens. Chuck Grassley and Sheldon Whitehouse introduced legislation last week to fully exclude Pell Grants from taxable income and […]

Luther College expands scholarship programs for incoming, transfer students

By: - October 2, 2023

Luther College is expanding its scholarship offerings for incoming and transfer students starting in fall 2024. The Decorah-based college announced Monday that it would add two new scholarships, expand the reach of its Iowa and Minnesota Impact Award and increase the dollar amount provided by merit-based scholarships. “I’m extremely proud to work at an institution […]

State Board of Regents, universities target campus mental health

By: - September 28, 2023

The state Board of Regents voted Thursday to seek an extra $1 million from the state to address mental health needs across college campuses and in rural Iowa. Regent Abby Crow made the motion Thursday to increase the fiscal 2025 state appropriations request to support efforts at Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and […]

Ukrainian students find home, community at University of Northern Iowa

By: - September 28, 2023

Iryna Hodun was planning to pack up and head home to Rivne, Ukraine in June. She had recently graduated from Johnston High School after coming to the U.S. in summer 2021 in a foreign exchange program, and while she had been accepted to American universities, costs were too high. The 18-year-old had heard a bit […]

Graduate workers protest state Board of Regents meeting over wages

By: - September 27, 2023

University of Iowa graduate workers flooded into state Board of Regents meeting Wednesday demanding living wages, causing the meeting to adjourn early and with no public comment period. Members of the Campaign to Organize Graduate Students (COGS) gathered at the regents meeting in Levitt Center on the UI campus. They sought to urge the regents […]

Regents to consider requesting $15 million increase from lawmakers

By: - September 21, 2023

The state Board of Regents is set to request just under a $15 million increase in general education funds for the next fiscal year, less than half of what it asked for last year. The regents will request a 3% increase in general university funding for the state’s three public universities, equaling $14.8 million for […]

Graceland University to reduce tuition, simplify financial aid starting in 2024

By: - September 19, 2023

Graceland University is cutting its base tuition nearly in half and changing up its financial-aid strategy beginning next fall in order to simplify costs for prospective students. University president Patricia Draves announced Tuesday at a press conference that the private university’s base tuition will drop from $32,500 to $19,950. According to the university’s website, the […]