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Higher Education

Pieces to the higher learning puzzle. Understanding issues in safety, academics and athletics, enrollment mix, faculty tenure and campus structure.

Diversity, inclusion and free speech on Iowa's college campuses

Colleges and universities have frequently found themselves at the center of heated political discussions about race, immigration, diversity and free s... READ MORE

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

  Audio: replay conversations from Iowa Ideas 2017... READ MORE

ISU and UI leaders: Commercialized research won’t solve universities’ funding problems

CEDAR RAPIDS - Those looking for a 'silver bullet' to Iowa's higher education funding crisis won't find it in the commercialization of university rese... READ MORE

Iowa Regent doesn’t see tuition increasing 7 percent

CEDAR RAPIDS - Students attending Iowa's public universities likely will see tuition increases, but they won't be the annualized 7 percent over five y... READ MORE

Finances 101: Iowa college students now required to take 'cash course'

I am very confident in managing my money and do not need help.... READ MORE

Data: Research commercialization at Iowa's universities

Focusing on research can be big business for Iowa's universities.... READ MORE

Amid funding challenges, should universities follow the money?

Public higher education is not what it used to be.... READ MORE

Stephen Black, founder of Impact America, to keynote higher education track

Stephen Black, president and founder of Impact America, will keynote the higher education track at Iowa Ideas 2017. Black will speak Thursday, Septemb... READ MORE

Iowa's campuses become focal points for debates on political expression, fake news

On the same day in January that state Sen. Brad Zaun, R-Urbandale, proposed legislation to abolish tenure on Iowa's public university and community co... READ MORE

More Americans earning degrees, Iowa aiming to keep up

For the first time in decades of data, one-third of adult Americans have a bachelor's degree or higher - and Iowa needs to catch up, according to new ... READ MORE

University of Iowa professor pitches new funding model

IOWA CITY - With Iowa's public universities scrambling to cut millions from their budgets after massive pullbacks in state support, one University of ... READ MORE

Universities ramp up mental health services

Sitting outside the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus, wind whipping her hair, Nora Heaton looked into a camera.... READ MORE

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