Iowa State University officials need to do a better job telling Iowans — taxpayers, business leaders and especially Iowa legislators — about the value ISU and the state’s universities give Iowa, ISU president Wendy Wintersteen said in an IowaWatch interview. Listen to the podcast of that interview.
ByZoe Seiler, Jace Neugebauer, Lauren Wade and K. Rambo |
Dylan Miller spent $495 on college textbooks at the University of Northern Iowa – $167.50 for a linear algebra textbook – in the spring semester just ending, yet said he might have used the books, perhaps, once a month. The internet? Used it close to two hours each day, he said, raising the issue of why he still buys textbooks. “That’s a great question,” Miller, 20, a sophomore this spring semester from Homestead, Iowa, and studying for a major in actuarial science, said. “I will not be buying textbooks next semester.”
A lot of college students are avoiding textbooks costs that generally can range from around $20 for a book on writing grant proposals to $400 for a physics book, a spring IowaWatch/College Media Journalism Project revealed.
The University of Iowa has services and programming to help African American and Latino students feel welcome but a lot of those students don’t know about them, students at a Thursday night IowaWatch/KCRG-TV9 public forum on diversity at the university said. Meantime, these students struggle to exist in a predominantly white campus, African American and Latino students at the forum said. “When you think of universities, you think of white spaces,” Kimberly Chexnayder, a senior from Kansas City, Missouri, said. “It’s so hard for white people to think about their own privileges.” ?
UPDATE: IowaWatch reporter Maria Curi and KCRG-TV9 reporter Forrest Saunders will moderate the May 3 forum. 5/2/18
IowaWatch will host a public forum in Iowa City to explore ways the University of Iowa can be more inviting to Latino and African American students. The forum, called “Diversity Reality at Iowa: The Truth Behind the Statistics,” is to take place on Thursday, May 3, 2018, at the University Capitol Center in Room 1117, which is located in the Old Capitol Town Center in downtown Iowa City. It will begin at 7 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. and is open to the public. KCRG-TV 9 is a media partner for this event.
University of Northern Iowa President Mark Nook said a proposed mid-year funding cut for the University of Iowa and Iowa State University but not the University of Northern Iowa reflects each university’s distinct mission, not favoritism. This IowaWatch Connection podcast covers that and other topics in an interview with Nook.
As part of the third annual IowaWatch college media project, 10 student journalists at seven Iowa campuses conducted interviews with graduating students to delve into the issue of brain drain in Iowa. The interviews reveal students’ post-graduation plans and reasons for either leaving or staying in Iowa.