Vanessa Miller

Higher education reporter for The Gazette in Eastern Iowa. I love news tips, story ideas and reader feedback.



Solar eclipse: Iowans look upward, but clouds get in the way

Canceling class on the first day of school is fairly uncommon. But, then again, so are solar eclipses.

So at a time when throngs of new and returning University of Iowa students should have been crisscrossing the campus to get to class, hundreds e ... »

Inviting the community to college

IOWA CITY - If it has been a while since you strapped on a backpack and squeezed into a desk, or you're curious about the evolving higher education experience, this is your chance.

A University of Iowa professor - in pursuit of making higher educ ... »

Iowa Board of Regents bond refundings have saved $101 million since 2001

The Board of Regents enterprise since 2001 has saved more than $101 million by refinancing bonds - with most of those savings coming since the Great Recession in 2008, after which interest rates plummeted to the lowest in recent history.

The board ... »

University of Iowa: ‘We denounce the KKK’

IOWA CITY - With at least nine U.S. cities bracing for far-right rallies this weekend after a widely-publicized event in Charlottesville turned violent and left three people dead, University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld on Thursday sent a message to ... »

Corbett: Abolish Iowa’s Board of Regents

DES MOINES - Days after Iowa's public universities unveiled proposals to raise tuition by as much as 41 percent in five years, GOP gubernatorial candidate Ron Corbett slammed the suggested hikes Wednesday and said he wants to do away with the Board of R ... »

Iowa Board of Regents narrows executive director search to five

A Board of Regents committee has narrowed a pool of 42 applicants to become its next executive director down to five semifinalists - including an ethics and diversity director for Northern Illinois University and a director of research regulatory affair ... »

Iowa university leaders denounce Virginia ‘terrorism’

The presidents of Iowa's three state universities this week each denounced the racism and violence displayed last weekend in Virginia.

As students started arriving for fall classes, Iowa State University Interim President Ben Allen and University ... »

Students inundate Iowa campuses as move in begins

IOWA CITY - Bunk beds, mini-fridges, microwaves and hangers.

Parents filling bins with bags, stuffed with pants and sweaters.

... »

University of Iowa’s aggressive tuition plan meets opposition

IOWA CITY - University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld made a pitch Monday to hike resident undergraduate tuition 41 percent over the next five years, but students and lawmakers pushed back - calling the plan #x201c;a failure#x201d; and urging the UI to ... »

Iowa City ped mall art aims to create community

IOWA CITY - They're iconic, dotting Iowa's rolling hills for more than a century: American foursquare homes.

Hallmarked by their boxy style inside and out, the homes traditionally are square with hipped roofs, arched entryways and large front porc ... »