Iowa Board of Regents receives almost meaningless penalty for violating the law in contract talks with UI grad student union

The Board of Regents acted in bad faith and broke the law during contract negotiations with the Campaign to Organize Graduate Students (COGS) in 2016 and 2017, the Iowa Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) ruled last week. As punishment for its dishonest and illegal behavior, the Board of Regents will be required to post public notices at the University of Iowa […]

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Regent calls cuts to higher education funding an ‘attack on our three public universities’

The slashing of state financial support for Iowa’s public universities over the last two years is “the worst state government public attack on our three public universities” Larry McKibben has seen during his five years on the Iowa Board of Regents, McKibben said on Thursday. The lack of adequate state funding for higher education is […]

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Recent college grad Gov. Reynolds passes on chance to work on funding problems at Iowa universities

The governor’s office was one of several state agencies that declined to participate in a Tuition Task Force meeting. The Board of Regents cancelled the planned meeting due the lack of participation. […]

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Harreld issues call to action following proposed budget cuts to Iowa universities

University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld issued a call to action Thursday following Gov. Terry Branstad’s suggested $34.3 million cut to higher education — the largest cut made as part of an effort to slice $110 million from the budget for the current budget year. “This cut, in the current fiscal year, is not without […]

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Tuition to increase at Iowa’s state universities

Students at Iowa’s three state universities will see tuition go up for the 2017-2018 academic year, with additional increases for students in higher-cost programs, like the University of Iowa’s engineering program, under a tuition proposal approved by the Iowa Board of Regents on Monday. The base tuition for resident undergraduates will increase by two percent. […]

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UI Graduate Student Senate joins Faculty Senate in ‘No Confidence’ vote

Iowa City

“Graduate students are critical, evidence-driven, and adaptive, and as a result often entertain radical ideas.” So begins the meeting statement from last night’s UI Graduate Student Senate General Assembly meeting, in which the GSS joined University faculty and a large number of Iowa City residents in denouncing the appointment of J. Bruce Harreld as University […]

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Regents president Rastetter ‘disappointed’ by Faculty Senate no confidence vote

Following this afternoon’s UI Faculty Senate meeting at which a vote of no confidence in the Iowa Board of Regents was passed, Regents president Bruce Rastetter has issued the following statement: Statement from Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter on University of Iowa Faculty Senate Vote of No Confidence The landscape of higher education is changing […]

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Political Cartoon: ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?’

Mere hours before the Iowa Board of Regents selected J. Bruce Harreld as the University of Iowa’s next president, a survey conducted by the UI chapter of the American Association of University Professors found that only 1.8 percent of faculty and 2.6 percent of other respondents answered in the affirmative when asked if the candidate […]

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Opinion: Stop over-funding the bloated UI administration

Howard Beale being Howard Beale

Recently, the University of Iowa has been making some questionable decisions in the name of finances. Courses are being cut in Intermedia (despite waiting lists and TA’s ready to teach them), fellowships that traditionally fund underrepresented minorities are being eliminated, graduate students are inconsistently funded or underfunded and the number of part-time, non-benefit-receiving adjunct faculty […]

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