The Iowa Board of Regents has adopted a plan to change how state funding is allocated to Iowa's three Regents' universities. Host Ben Kieffer talks with IPR's Dean Borg about the factors that will be used to set future funding levels, including numbers of in-state students and graduation rates.
The first of three public hearings was held today at the University of Iowa in advance of a comprehensive efficiency review by the Iowa Board of Regents. The review is expected to generate $15-25 million in savings.
Students at the University of Iowa called for the school to take a harsher stance against sexual assault, during an on-campus listening session with university officials Thursday. Female students discussed fears of walking home in the dark, or difficulties filing reports against perpetrators. Others drew comparisons between the university’s formal zero-tolerance policies on drugs and plagiarism, but not for sexual assault.
President Sally Mason used her opening remarks to discuss her own experience with sexual assault, as an undergraduate student in Kentucky.
There were some fireworks last week at the State Capitol as two of Governor Terry Branstad’s nominees to serve on the Iowa Board of Regents came before the Senate Education Committee. Host Clay Masters talks with Senator Herman Quirmbach, Chair of the Senate Education Committee about lawmakers’ concerns. And a discussion of whether the time students spend in school should be counted in days or hours. A proposal making its way through the legislature would count instructional time in hours.
The State Board of Regents today announced the selection of William N. Ruud (ROOD), as the 10th president of the University of Northern Iowa. Ruud currently serves as president of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.
Ruud will assume the duties of UNI president on June 1 and will be paid an annual salary of $340,000. The date for an official welcoming on the UNI campus will be announced later. Ruud was one of two finalists for the job. The other was Indiana University-Purdue University Chancellor Emeritus Michael Wartell.