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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 Sep. 9, 2022 2:57 pm22d ago
Over the next five budget years, the University of Iowa and its health care enterprise plan to spend more than $1.4 billion on new construction and renovations – including $620.9 million on a new inpatient hospital tower and $212 million on a new “modern health care research facility.”
Higher Ed Sep. 8, 2022 2:33 pm23d ago
A decade after the University of Iowa could last call itself the largest higher education institution in the state, UI this fall has reclaimed that distinction – reporting higher total enrollment than Iowa State University for the first time since 2012.
K-12 Education Sep. 12, 2022 4:49 pm19d ago
Attorneys in federal court on Tuesday debated the issues of bullying, harassment, parental rights, school obligations, and free speech in arguing for and against Linn-Mar's new policy aimed at protecting transgender and nonbinary students.
Higher Ed Sep. 6, 2022 4:30 pm25d ago
Marking its highest requested state funding increase in nearly a decade, Iowa’s Board of Regents is seeking $34.7 million more in education appropriations from the Legislature for the next budget year – due, in part, to soaring inflation.
Iowa Ideas Sep. 6, 2022 5:30 am31d ago
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.
News Sep. 5, 2022 6:34 pm26d ago
Educating the public and spreading mission awareness were among the union aims on display at the annual Cedar Rapids Labor Day picnic Monday – organized by the Hawkeye Area Labor Council.
Higher Ed Sep. 5, 2022 6:00 am28d ago
Navigating North Liberty will get more cumbersome once the University of Iowa completes its half-billion-dollar hospital project, according to a traffic study UI commissioned to determine what measures it should take to help mitigate congestion in the booming district.
Higher Ed Sep. 3, 2022 5:00 am29d ago
The often congested University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics emergency room is getting a much-needed $24.6 million expansion over the next two years – enabling progress toward the big-ticket items on UI Health Care’s 10-year master plan, including a new inpatient tower, ambulatory care center, and research facility.
Higher Ed Sep. 1, 2022 4:20 pm30d ago
During the pandemic, nearly half of Iowa high school seniors applied for college financial aid — on par with the previous cycle but below pre-pandemic levels and lower than the national rate, according to a new state FAFSA report.
Higher Ed Aug. 31, 2022 4:10 pm31d ago
A former University of Iowa Health Care professor and member of the UI Cancer Center — who today is a professor and dean of the University of Nebraska College of Medicine — is the fourth and last finalist to become the next UIHC vice president for medical affairs and medical college dean.
Higher Ed Aug. 30, 2022 2:22 pm33d ago
University of Iowa Health Care on Tuesday got state approval to continue building a massive 469,000-square-foot hospital campus in North Liberty as planned – despite a more than 33 percent cost overrun, bringing the total project budget to more than half a billion dollars.
Higher Ed Aug. 30, 2022 1:22 am33d ago
Touching on issues past and present, Coe College’s 30-plus year forum series for this academic year kicks off in September and runs through April with 23 installments covering eight topics — from “critical race theory” to evolution to “The History of Sport in the United States.”
Higher Ed Aug. 29, 2022 3:59 pm33d ago
Founding director of the trauma center at the University of Chicago Hospitals — where he also serves as executive vice president of community health engagement and chief of trauma and acute care surgery — participated in a public forum Monday as the third finalist to lead University of Iowa Health Care and its medical college.
Higher Ed Aug. 28, 2022 1:52 pm35d ago
A tenured Iowa State University art history professor is suing her employer, the state, and three ISU supervisors for violating her civil rights in the way they responded to her COVID-related request to continue teaching online last fall due to an ongoing disability.