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Accreditation agency seeks public comment on The University of Iowa

The University of Iowa will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit April 28–30 by a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

For the past two years, The University of Iowa has been engaged in a process of self-study, addressing the commission’s requirements and criteria for accreditation. For this review, the University has selected a special emphasis on undergraduate education. The evaluation team will visit the institution to gather evidence that the self-study is thorough and accurate. The team will recommend to the commission a continuing status for the University; following a review process, the commission itself will take the final action.

The commission states that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Written, signed comments must be received by March 28; comments received after the due date may not be considered. Comments should include the name, address, and telephone number of the person providing the comments. Comments will not be treated as confidential.

The commission invites the public to submit comments regarding the University. Comments should be sent to:

Public Comment on The University of Iowa
The Higher Learning Commission
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602

The University of Iowa has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1913, and is a charter member of the organization.

One of six accrediting agencies in the United States, the Higher Learning Commission provides voluntary institutional accreditation on a regional basis. Institutional accreditation evaluates an entire institution and accredits it as a whole, while other agencies provide accreditation for specific programs. The commission accredits approximately 1,100 institutions of higher education in a 19-state region.  The Commission is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Persons with a specific dispute or grievance with an institution should request the separate Policy on Complaints document from the commission office. The Higher Learning Commission cannot settle disputes between institutions and individuals. Complaints will not be considered third-party comment.


UI QuickCare offers health care services for common ailments

University of Iowa Family Care has introduced UI QuickCare, a health care service open to anyone over 6 months of age—even if you’re not a UI Family Care patient.

UI QuickCare services are geared toward common ailments like earache, strep throat, and the flu—a convenient alternative when you aren’t able to see your regular doctor, but it’s not serious enough to go to the emergency room. Care is provided by physician assistants or nurse practitioners who are connected to UI Hospitals and Clinics.

UI QuickCare is open in Old Capitol Town Center, and special UI QuickCare hours are also offered at UI Family Care clinics in North Liberty and southeast Iowa City. All patients are seen on a walk-in basis.

For a full list of locations, hours, and services, visit


Financial Times names Tippie accounting program among top 10 in world

A survey by the Financial Times has ranked the graduate accounting program in the University of Iowa's Tippie School of Management among the world's top 10.

The London-based daily business newspaper ranked the Tippie graduate accounting program at No. 8 in survey results released in its Jan. 28 issue.

"This is a strong testament to the quality of our faculty, the overall strength of our programs and the caliber of our students and alumni," says Lynn Pringle, clinical assistant professor of accounting and director of the Master's in Accountancy Program.

Read the full University News Services release at


University of Iowa partners with EPA to use and produce green power

The University of Iowa recently became a Green Power Partner with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The University is meeting a green power commitment to the EPA by burning oat hulls in place of coal, generating approximately 10 million kilowatt-hours of green power. The oat hulls make up more than 18 percent of the fuel consumed in the University's power heating plants.

The University is among the top three participating Big Ten schools in the EPA's College & University Green Power Challenge and places the Big Ten Conference among the top three conferences nationally. To view the national rankings, see


Bijou announces spring film lineup

The Bijou Theater's spring 2008 film season features documentaries about consumerism and modern art, Oscar-nominated films, 3-D erotica, and a restored David Lynch classic.

The lineup through spring break includes:

  • Feb. 1–7: Lust, Caution and Margot at the Wedding
  • Feb. 8–14: Eraserhead and Terror's Advocate
  • Feb. 9: Lollipop Girls in Hard Candy
  • Feb. 15–21: City Lights and My Kid Could Paint That
  • Feb. 22–28: Oscar-nominated films for 2007 in the Shorts, Animated and Live Action categories
  • Feb. 29–March 6: Steal a Pencil for Me and Darfur Now

All films are shown in the Bijou Theater in the Iowa Memorial Union. Admission is $5. For show times, check, e-mail, or call 319-335-3258.


Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to perform Ellington love songs in Hancher

The Jazz at Lincoln Center (J@LC) Orchestra, under the direction of Wynton Marsalis, will warm up Valentine's Day week with a performance of "The Love Songs of Duke Ellington" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, in Hancher Auditorium.

Sensual Ellington classics—"Mood Indigo," "Prelude to a Kiss," and "Satin Doll," to name just a few—will feature soloists including Wess "Warmdaddy" Anderson, Houston Person, and Scott Hamilton, who was described in All About Jazz as "one of the most melodic saxophone balladeers in jazz."

The J@LC Orchestra has performed in Hancher on several occasions, including a celebration of the Ellington centennial in 1999. The Feb. 12 concert is the climax of a nationwide tour of the Ellington love songs, including performances at Orchestra Hall in Chicago, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and Orchestra Hall in the Twin Cities. The orchestra will reprise the concert in May at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Read the full University News Services release at


University picks up three "ICKY" awards—and yes, that's a good thing

The Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance (ICCA), a group of 131 cultural organizations in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area, awarded its second annual "ICKY" Awards Tuesday, Jan. 22. The awards honor innovation and excellence in cultural programming. The name "ICKY" Awards is based loosely on the acronym "ICCA."

The University of Iowa picked up three of the awards for 2007:

  • Hancher Auditorium and the Joffrey Ballet won the awards for Dance Programming and Touring Events Programming for "The Joffrey Ballet Dancing River to River."
  • Old Capitol Museum won the award for History Programming for A Community of Writers: Creative Writing at the University of Iowa, which will be on view at the museum through Oct. 12, 2008.

The complete list of "ICKY" awards can be found at


See what Learning and Development courses are right for you

UI Learning and Development, a unit of Organizational Effectiveness, provides professional development services to faculty and staff. There are many learning opportunities that will support your professional development and growth. Look for classroom instruction on leadership issues for managers, frontline supervisors, human resource professionals, and office professionals.

Check out the following links:

  • To see the latest online newsletter, with listings of current courses and seminars, visit
  • For registration information, log in at the UI Human Resources Self Service site at and click the “My Training” link to register for any available session. This tool will let you see the status and location of a class, get e-mail confirmations, withdraw from a class, check your course registration history, and even do online evaluations. Courses with a fee (Special Events, 7 Habits, Reframing Your Work) will still use the printable registration form.
  • To visit Learning and Development's home page, go to



Unexpected protein interaction suggests new ALS drug target

Discovery of an unexpected protein-protein interaction has led University of Iowa scientists and colleagues to identify a drug that slows the progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in mice and nearly doubles the animals' lifespan. The study was published Jan. 24 in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

The UI findings may lead to a treatment for some forms of ALS, and the research also reveals a biological mechanism that might represent a new drug target for ALS and other neurological diseases.

ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a fatal, progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects the motor nerve cells of the brain and spinal cord. Degeneration of motor neurons impairs muscle control and movement and eventually leads to paralysis and death. "Sporadic" ALS, which can affect anyone, is the most common form of disease, accounting for 90 to 95 percent of all cases in the United States. About 5 to 10 percent of ALS cases are inherited.

Read the full University News Services release at

Medical error reporting by doctors to hospitals seems underused
Actual medical error reporting by doctors to hospitals seems to occur less than it should when compared to physicians' views on whether they should report such errors, University of Iowa researchers said in the Jan. 14 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

A related University-led study, published in the May 2007 issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine, found a similar, although smaller, gap between physicians' attitudes and actual actions in the disclosing of medical errors to patients.

Information from the two studies, which were based on surveys of doctors in teaching hospitals, shows an apparent disconnect between error disclosure to patients and error reporting to hospitals and points to the need for a more integrated view of medical error communication, said Lauris Kaldjian, associate professor of internal medicine in the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.

As an example, 41 percent of physicians in the earlier study said they actually had disclosed a minor error to a patient but only 18 percent of physicians in the current study said they had reported a minor error to their hospital.

"Taken together, the findings indicate that physicians have more experience talking to patients about medical errors than reporting them to hospitals," said Kaldjian, who also is director of the college's Program in Biomedical Ethics and Medical Humanities.

Read the full University News Services release at


UI researcher: blissfully ignorant shoppers are happier with their choices
When it comes to shopping, University of Iowa researchers have found that sometimes ignorance really is bliss.

In what they term the Blissful Ignorance Effect, researchers in the Tippie College of Business found that people who have only a little information about a product are happier with that product than people who have more information.

"We found that once people commit to buying or consuming something, there's a kind of wishful thinking that happens and they want to like what they've bought," said assistant professor of marketing Dhananjay Nayakankuppam. "The less you know about a product, the easier it is to engage in wishful thinking. But the more information you have, the harder it is to kid yourself. This can be contrasted with what happens before taking any action when people are trying to be accurate and would prefer getting more information to less."

Nayakankuppam conducted the research with Himansha Mishra, a former UI graduate student now teaching at the University of Utah, and Baba Shiv of Stanford University. Their paper, "The Blissful Ignorance Effect," will be published in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Consumer Research.

Read the full University News Services release at




  • James Lockhart, 93, retired chemist, Aug. 11, 2007.
  • Mary Macken, 65, retired staff nurse, Jan. 1 in North Liberty.
  • Clarence Binz, 88, retired kitchen helper, Jan. 11 in Iowa City. (obit)
  • Pearle Carran, 86, retired administrative assistant, Jan. 21 in Iowa City. (obit)
  • Rose Gilmore, 77, retired nurse clinician, Jan. 23 in West Liberty, Iowa. (obit)
  • Michael Balch, 68, associate professor emeritus, Jan. 28 in Iowa City.
  • Orval Floyd, 81, retired pipefitter, Jan. 28 in Iowa City. (obit)



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