State lawmakers debate university funding model

CORALVILLE -- The intended and unintended consequences of a new proposal for funding Iowa's public universities came under review by lawmakers this week during a legislative fiscal committee meeting.

Some lawmak [...]

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ISU employees question changes to vetted operations

AMES — During a public forum Monday at Iowa State University that invited the community to weigh in and ask questions about proposed efficiencies to Iowa’s public universities, staff and faculty expressed concern about changes to pro [...]

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University of Iowa faculty question Deloitte on cuts, ask for details

IOWA CITY — University of Iowa staff and faculty members on Thursday had plenty of pointed questions for consultants who last week suggested efficiency opportunities at Iowa’s three public universities that could eliminate as many as [...]

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Regents still negotiating Deloitte contract

IOWA CITY — Two months after deciding to continue working with Deloitte Consulting LLC on its suggestions to improve sourcing and procurement practices at Iowa’s public universities, the state Board of Regents still has not agreed on [...]

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University of Iowa debuts new scholarships

IOWA CITY — In hopes of addressing rising tuition and student debt levels while also increasing enrollment, the University of Iowa on Wednesday announced several new scholarships — including one aimed at the children and grandchildre [...]

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Regent consultant proposes staff reductions, possibly hundreds, at Iowa universities

IOWA CITY — Eight new efficiency opportunities being considered by the Board of Regents could save tens of millions of dollars and eliminate more than 250 jobs across Iowa’s three public universities.

The administrative-related [...]

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Mount Mercy inaugurates ninth president

CEDAR RAPIDS — The ninth president of Mount Mercy University was inaugurated Friday during an installation ceremony that welcomed the school’s first female leader since 1977.

Laurie M. Hamen was appointed in December after univ [...]

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Student debt: Not just for young Americans

More of today’s college and university students are graduating with debt — and more of it — but the problem of student loan debt is not exclusive to young people.

A study released last week by the U.S. Government Account [...]

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Iowa regents will mull eight more efficiency ‘opportunities’ in October

IOWA CITY — The Board of Regents will convene for a special meeting Oct. 2 to discuss eight more cost-saving, revenue-generating, or efficiency “opportunities” uncovered during a sweeping review of its universities.

Thos [...]

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Iowa State remains largest university in Iowa

AMES — Iowa State University announced Wednesday that it remains the largest public university in Iowa for the second straight year, with another record enrollment of 34,732 students for the fall semester.

ISU’s total enrollmen [...]

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Regents postpone UI, UNI projects due to efficiency review

AMES — A Board of Regents committee on Tuesday agreed to postpone two proposed projects at the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa pending results from an efficiency study underway across the state’s public univers [...]

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Regents to ask Legislature for $13 million for ISU, UNI

IOWA CITY — Using new enrollment- and performance-based funding metrics, the Board of Regents is planning to give Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa and additional $6.3 million and $6.6 million, respectively, in the 2 [...]

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UI asks for money to research driverless cars

Part of the Board of Regents’ $649 million request in state appropriations for the 2016 budget year includes “special purpose” funds for things like a new University of Iowa institute focused on driverless vehicles and Iowa St [...]

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Group reviewing state university admission wants more transparency

A group charged with reviewing a five-year-old scoring index for applicants to Iowa’s regent universities will meet later this month to discuss changing the system to make it more equitable and transparent.

The discussion comes after [...]

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Mason’s chief of staff to lead efficiency review of Iowa universities

IOWA CITY — University of Iowa President Sally Mason’s chief of staff is taking a leave of absence so he can serve as “transformation project manager” for a sweeping efficiency review of the state’s three public [...]

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