Monday, August 17, 2015

The Higher-Ed Landscape in Iowa: State Cuts and Tuition Jumps

The Chronicle of Higher Education
August 17th, 2015

As presidential candidates met voters and sampled fried food at the Iowa State Fair, just days after Hillary Clinton appeared in Iowa to promote an ambitious set of college-affordability proposals, it’s worth taking stock of a state that is thrust into the national spotlight every election cycle but doesn’t frequently make higher-education headlines otherwise.
With nearly three-dozen private, four-year institutions and just three public universities, the landscape in Iowa — and the impact of state lawmakers — is, in some ways, unique. Yet some of the issues Iowa’s institutions are confronting — declining state support, for example — are common nationwide. We took a look at three major themes playing out across Iowa’s higher-education system...

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