Four months after longtime Regent Milt Dakovich died following a battle with cancer, Gov. Kim Reynolds on Tuesday named Seneca Cos. President and COO James “JC” Risewick to fill the regent vacancy.
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Given its long history training educators, University of Northern Iowa — called the Iowa State Teachers College from 1909 to 1961 — is working to address the shortage, including through a new “fully online teacher preparation program” that allows working paraeducators with associate degrees to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, with a special education minor.
Pruning away dried up programs, degrees, and academic centers while reframing, reformatting, or fashioning anew majors and curricular opportunities meeting student and employer demands is becoming increasingly imperative for institutions vying to attract and retain students from a shrinking pool of applicants.
Even as total enrollment across Iowa’s public, private, and community colleges and universities fell in fall 2021, Iowa’s institutes of higher education this academic year are educating more students who identify as a minority than last year – at a combined 39,120.
For the first time since the Board of Regents in 2016 scolded Iowa’s public universities for their regular and — at times significant — annual room and board rate hikes, Iowa State University and University of Iowa are proposing residence system rate increases for next year reaching 3 percent.
Instead of granting the Board of Regents’ ask for an additional $15 million in general education appropriations for the 2023 budget year – bringing the state’s total regents higher-ed allocation to $501 million – the House has suggested keeping gen-ed funding flat while putting $12 million into a new “Iowa Workforce Grant and Incentive Program.”
The pandemic depleted resources across Iowa’s public university residence hall systems in the last budget year – to the tune of millions – and even though the campuses are back to mostly in-person classes and traditional operations, fallout for the dorms and dining halls continues.