December 14, 2017

A graduation message from President Harreld

The end of the fall semester brings with it a whole host of feelings, from the relief that finals are over to the sadness graduates experience as they prepare to leave the UI and go out into the world. But graduates also leave with a sense of pride in their accomplishments, pride that all of us—family members, friends, faculty, staff, administrators—share in as we watch these talented people receive their degrees and begin their journeys. ...
December 4, 2017

Donate to the United Way via employee self-service

University of Iowa faculty and staff are vital to the health and well being of our local area, and United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties can be a key partner in continuing to mutually strengthen our community. ...
November 16, 2017

President Harreld commends UI research

I’m continually awed by the research our faculty does. From making breakthroughs in the vision and hearing sciences to learning about how participation in an online community can help people quit smoking, researchers at the University of Iowa are constantly making meaningful change. ...
October 5, 2017

President Harreld: Resilient UI looks to the future

Since its inception, the University of Iowa has been home to hardworking people who seek to improve the way universities do things. Founded just 52 days after Iowa was admitted into the Union, the State University of Iowa embarked upon a string of firsts. The university established the first colleges of law and dentistry west of the Mississippi. It founded the first coeducational medical school and the first college-level department of education in the country....
June 15, 2017

President Harreld on public universities’ role in the democratization of higher education

For much of this country’s history, higher education and many of its critical components—access to texts and literary tradition, instruction in critical thinking, a sense of how we got from the past to the present—was and were reserved for the wealthy. Many fields of study, and the social and financial opportunities they opened up, simply weren’t available to the average citizen. With some notable exceptions, if your parents weren’t well off, higher education was probably beyond your reach, regardless of your talent. However, in the second half of the 20th century, something changed. ...
February 23, 2017

President Harreld: Strategic Plan 2016–2021 promotes student success

The University of Iowa prides itself on the achievement of its students. Student Success is one of the pillars of the University of Iowa’s collaboratively written Strategic Plan 2016 to 2021—which I encourage you to read here—and we have worked hard to make the UI a welcoming, inclusive, and productive environment for students, one that allows them to effectively pursue their education and prepare to become leaders in their fields. ...
October 13, 2015

Why I came to Iowa

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the chance to talk with individual faculty, students, staff, and others about what drew me to the University of Iowa, my approach to the role of president, and the need to work together. I’d like to take this opportunity to start a broader conversation. ...

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