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I’ve covered lots of beats over my decades as a reporter, and one reason I really enjoy higher education is because it touches on them all. One day I’m writing about science and interviewing University of Iowa NASA researchers, the next I’m writing about health care, or agriculture, or a new Iowa State-supported business, or athletic budgets, or criminal justice, or the Legislature and potential bills affecting Iowa’s university and college campuses. I also love that I get to investigate and dig deep on some stories, report hard news, and then also share incredible and sometimes harrowing tales of survival or discovery. When I’m not working, I’m playing with my kids or following them around to wrestling tournaments. Get the news delivered right to your inbox.
Latest Articles by Vanessa Miller
Higher Ed Aug. 17, 2022 6:00 am
Well before University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics erects a new inpatient tower as part of a 10-year master plan, it is looking to spend $95 million adding two floors onto its existing inpatient tower.
Higher Ed Aug. 15, 2022 6:37 pm
Meeting one of several demands concerned Coe College community members aired last fall in the wake of a race-related controversy that enveloped the Board of Trustees and resulted in the resignation of two Black members, Coe on Monday unveiled a new diversity, equity and inclusion dean.
Higher Ed Aug. 14, 2022 7:24 pm
Dorm life — which, like everything else, experienced major disruption in the last two years — appeared largely back to normal on the University of Iowa campus Sunday, when students ushered in the annual return-to-campus ritual with the start of residence hall move-in.
Higher Ed Aug. 12, 2022 3:47 pm
After regent Nancy Boettger warned Iowa State University last month to keep free speech in mind while teaching on the “politically charged topic” of climate science, she gave ISU a pair of books from the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change — which denies the notion of human-induced climate change.
Higher Ed Aug. 11, 2022 6:58 pm
The University of Iowa is bringing back to campus a former deputy general counsel — who for the last year has been advising colleges on sexual misconduct policies, conducting internal investigations, and leading training on Title IX compliance — to succeed Carroll Reasoner as vice president for legal affairs and general counsel.
Higher Ed Aug. 11, 2022 7:43 am
Tuition rates for Kirkwood Community College students this fall are 7.5 percent above last fall — marking the steepest increase among community colleges in the state, according to college documents.
Higher Ed Aug. 10, 2022 4:00 pm
The University of Iowa has agreed to pay one of its former track and field coaches $125,000 -- plus another $15,000 in attorneys’ fees -- as part of a settlement agreement that involved his voluntary resignation on July 22.
Higher Ed Aug. 9, 2022 4:37 pm
Each of Iowa’s public universities has approved as a “conflict of interest vendor” Seneca Companies Inc. -- which the state’s newest regent heads as president and chief operating officer.
Higher Ed Aug. 10, 2022 3:27 pm
Although University of Iowa Health Care recently received Board of Regents approval to up its spend on a new 469,000-square-foot hospital project in North Liberty by 33 percent to $525.6 million, the campus still needs state approval to proceed.
Higher Ed Aug. 8, 2022 4:32 pm
Tens of thousands of students are preparing to descend on Iowa’s public universities next week, and all three are making preparations – including in Ames, where the City Council this week is weighing enhanced party penalties for the weekend before the fall semester starts.
Higher Ed Aug. 8, 2022 7:28 am
In the last three years, the University of Iowa has spent or is committed to spend a total of $125,899 on services or products from Des Moines-based Seneca Companies, which Iowa’s newest regent serves as president and chief operating officer.
Higher Ed Aug. 5, 2022 10:46 am
Among four proposals Mercy Iowa City entertained last year in its search for a new partner was one from University of Iowa Health Care offering more than $605 million to take ownership of the community hospital and make it the “centerpiece” of a new UIHC “community division.”
Higher Ed Aug. 4, 2022 5:35 pm
Just in time for the University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art’s long-awaited reopening on Aug. 26, its most heralded piece — Jackson Pollock’s Mural — is back on campus after an equally long hiatus.
Higher Ed Aug. 1, 2022 4:11 pm
University of Iowa Physicians – a medical and surgical group based in its Carver College of Medicine – has agreed to pay $600,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by the North Liberty wife of a patient who died in August 2015 of complications from a metastatic neuroendocrine tumor.