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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. 24, 2022 4:25 pm98d ago
Bad behavior tied to alcohol and hazing over the last five years compelled the University of Iowa to suspend seven fraternities, and administrators spent the summer crafting rules around their potential return.
Higher Ed Aug. 22, 2022 11:32 am100d ago
A surgical oncologist and department chair with academic roots in the Big Ten on Sunday became the first of four finalists identified to replace Brooks Jackson as vice president for medical affairs atop University of Iowa Health Care and as dean of the UI Carver College of Medicine.
Higher Ed Aug. 19, 2022 6:38 pm103d ago
Hawkeye offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz — among several defendants facing accusations of racial discrimination in a lawsuit filed by former players — wants a judge to rule in his favor and essentially drop the case against him, calling the claims “meritless, unsupported, and contrary to law.”
Higher Ed Aug. 18, 2022 2:18 pm104d ago
Six months after University of Iowa Vice President for Medical Affairs Brooks Jackson announced plans to resign, UI Health Care said a search committee has identified four finalists to replace him.
Higher Ed Aug. 17, 2022 6:00 am106d ago
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 pm107d ago
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 pm108d ago
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 pm110d ago
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 pm111d ago
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 am112d ago
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 pm112d ago
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 pm113d ago
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 pm112d ago
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 pm114d ago
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 am115d ago
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.