higher education

Iowa community college leaders oppose student debt forgiveness, free college

BY: - June 23, 2021

Student debt forgiveness raises concerns about fairness to students who chose lower-cost educations, two Iowa community college leaders said during a recent interview on Iowa PBS. Forgiving student debt does not solve the underlying issues in higher education, said Kristie Fisher, the chancellor of the Iowa Valley Community College District. “What I’d hate to see […]

Board of Regents moves forward on new free speech policies for Iowa universities

BY: - June 2, 2021

Iowa college students are going to see new training, resources and public commitments to the First Amendment when they return to school in the fall. The Board of Regents met with university provosts and administrators Wednesday to discuss new policies to protect free speech on campus. Beginning in the upcoming academic year, all three Regents […]

Proposed Regents funding freeze advances in Iowa House

BY: - April 12, 2021

House Republican lawmakers stood firm on their plan to freeze funding for Iowa’s public universities in fiscal year 2022. Rep. David Kerr, R-Morning Sun, led discussion of the education budget proposal in a House Appropriations committee meeting Monday. The proposal would increase funding to Iowa’s last-dollar scholarships and tuition grants, for community colleges and vocational […]

Several controversial education bills to survive legislative deadline

BY: - March 30, 2021

The Senate Education Committee moved seven bills Tuesday, including a contentious “divisive concepts” ban, keeping them viable ahead of this week’s legislative deadline. Most bills, except those dealing with the state budget or taxes, are subject to this week’s second “funnel” deadline. That means they must pass either the House or Senate and make it […]

ACT, SAT scores are not required for students enrolling into Iowa colleges next year

BY: - August 13, 2020

The Iowa Board of Regents announced it is waiving ACT and SAT requirements for students who want to attend one of the state’s three public universities next year. Typically, Iowa State University, University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa require a submitted standardized test score before someone is considered for admission. However, in […]

COMMENTARY

It’s time to streamline top-heavy universities

BY: - July 28, 2020

Even before coronavirus hit American colleges and universities, even before their budgets imploded because of the pandemic, questions were being asked nationally about how these institutions spend their money. Some high-profile decisions by University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld have put the focus on this issue in our state. The issue further crystalized last week […]

Put your tiger hawk where your mouth is

BY: - May 21, 2020

The University of Iowa is seeking bids from companies that can produce 10,000 face masks and neck coverings with the logos and colors of the school, the Cedar Rapids Gazette reported. Among the possibilities is using the familiar tiger hawk logo, created during Hayden Fry’s reign as football coach for the Hawkeyes. If you’re a […]