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.

DMACC helps rural students explore career options with new regional center

By: - September 19, 2023

Des Moines Area Community College is giving western Iowa high school students the chance to develop skills and explore a range of jobs before deciding on their career with its newly completed regional center. Construction on the DMACC Templeton Regional Center has been completed, allowing the center to welcome 68 participants this fall semester. DMACC […]

Iowa College Aid begins search for new executive director

By: - September 15, 2023

Iowa College Aid commissioners are asking to take on more of a role in the search for a new executive director after the former director resigned in August. Mark Wiederspan, who came into the executive director position in 2020, resigned Aug. 16. Julie Ntem is currently serving as acting director and bureau chief. Iowa Department […]

DMACC’s dental assistant program in danger of losing accreditation

By: - September 14, 2023

Des Moines Area Community College is working to keep its dental assistant training program’s accreditation after its accreditor outlined issues with facilities and language clarification. Jeanie McCarville-Kerber, dean of Health & Public Services at DMACC, told DMACC board members this week the college’s dental assistant program is in danger of losing its accreditation because of […]

UNI reports record-breaking fundraising in 2022-23 fiscal year

By: - September 13, 2023

The University of Northern Iowa received a record-breaking $58.4 million in gifts during the 2022-2023 fiscal year, a 35% increase over the previous record-holding fiscal year in 2021-2022, the university announced. The majority of funds were given to UNI academic and co-curricular programs, with more than $38 million helping to establish 63 new program funds. […]

DMACC looks to update, expand transportation institute

By: - September 12, 2023

Des Moines Area Community College is looking to tap local, state and federal resources for its planned update to the DMACC Transportation Institute. The community college received approval from board members Monday to seek bids to renovate Transportation Institute facilities, including construction of a new building and replacement of training concourses. A public hearing date […]

Simpson College president hits ground running with scholarships announcement

By: - September 7, 2023

Simpson College President Jay Byers is riding the momentum of increasing enrollment and new programs and projects to prioritize building brand, community and bright futures. Byers, well-known as the president and CEO of the Greater Des Moines Partnership, was announced Simpson’s new president in July. In the months since, he has gotten reacclimated to campus, […]

Iowa public universities report higher enrollment numbers in fall 2023

By: - September 7, 2023

Each of Iowa’s three public universities welcomed larger student bodies this fall, according to 10th-day metrics. Iowa State University, University of Northern Iowa and the University of Iowa released information on the class of 2027 Thursday, touting high-achieving students who have moved to campus from all over the globe. Iowa State University saw its largest […]

Speakers urge state panel to save higher education groups from the chopping block

By: - September 6, 2023

Iowa’s colleges and universities could lose money and avenues to speak at the state level if recommendations to reorganize, merge and eliminate certain state agencies are put into action, speakers told the Iowa Boards and Commissions Review Committee Wednesday. Almost 70 members of the public gave remarks to the committee at its meeting about the […]

Iowa College Aid commissioners await details on possible reorganization

By: - September 5, 2023

Iowa College Aid commissioners are waiting to receive details on just how the commission could be changed as the state seeks public comment on recommendations to reorganize, merge or eliminate more than 150 state panels. Commissioner and state Sen. Herman Quirmbach, who represents the Iowa Senate on the board, said he reached out to Iowa […]

Iowa Flood Center receives $1 million to expand monitoring for droughts, floods

By: - September 5, 2023

The University of Iowa’s Iowa Flood Center will use $1 million awarded through Congress’s Community Project Funding to expand its ability to monitor flooding and droughts and manage watersheds. Announced Tuesday in a news release, the funding will go toward the addition of 30 new hydrostations to its network, which includes counties in eastern and […]

About a third of ISU students in residence halls faced record heat with no AC

By: - September 1, 2023

At its hottest, Jenna Morsovillo’s Iowa State University dorm room hit 95 degrees. Even with seven fans circulating air in the space, she and her roommate have taken to sleeping on the floor when it gets too warm in their lofted beds. Having moved into Wilson Residence Hall earlier than others on Aug. 11, the […]

University professors incorporate AI into classrooms for curious students

By: - August 25, 2023

As higher education grapples with AI technology making its way into classrooms, some Iowa educators are embracing what they see as a tool for learning and a chance to hop on ever-more prevalent technology. Professors at Iowa State University and the University of Iowa are incorporating AI, or artificial intelligence, into their curriculum in the […]