Iowa Ideas 2018
September 20 - 21 | Cedar Rapids

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A student, a researcher, a Regent and a lawmaker weigh in on higher education funding

Conference replay: "For the sake of Iowa's future, we have to keep our state universities affordable"

    Sen. Herman Quirmbach (D-Ames) talks on a panel about higher education funding with Jacob Simpson (left) president of the University of Iowa Student Government and Tom Mortenson (right), senior scholar at the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education in Washington, D.C. at the Iowa Ideas conference at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Cedar Rapids on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
    Higher Education
    Feb 13, 2018 at 3:13 pm
     

    Audio: replay conversations from Iowa Ideas 2017

    It's almost certain that tuition at Iowa's public universities will increase in the 2018-19 school year, with universities pitching hikes of up to 7 percent and shortfalls in current tuition revenue.

    What's less certain is what should be done to fund higher education in Iowa, how tuition increases will impact students and Iowans long-term and what solutions might be possible.

    At Iowa Ideas 2017, September 20-22 in Cedar Rapids, we gathered stakeholders with multiple points of view to discuss funding for higher education. 

    Panelists included:

    -- Tom Mortenson, senior scholar at the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education 

    -- Jacob Simpson, University of Iowa Student Government president

    -- Larry McKibben, board member of the Iowa Board of Regents

    -- Herman Quirmbach, D-Ames, Iowa State Senator

    -- Moderator: Vanessa Miller, Gazette Higher Education reporter

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    Full story based on this conversation: Iowa Regent doesn't see tuition increasing 7 percent

    Latest coverage of higher education funding in Iowa: 

    -- October 16: Iowa universities make case to state: they're economic engines

    -- October 15: Despite hikes, tuition income falls short

    -- October 11: Iowa regents won't consider tuition next week as planned

    More from the Iowa Ideas magazine: 

    -- Alternate ideas for funding higher education: Should universities follow the money?

    -- Finances 101: Amid tuition increases, students now required to take a "cash course"

     

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