UI to increase scholarships $10 million over three years
The University of Iowa will spend an additional $10 million over the next three years on scholarships and grants to make college more affordable to students in need.
The increased funding will be directed to a few existing financial aid programs as well as the new Advantage Iowa, Iowa Pathways, and Iowa Heritage scholarship and grant programs. The new scholarships and grants, which do not have to be repaid, are expected to attract several hundred low-income, first generation, and underrepresented students into first-year classes over the next three years.
In addition to the new scholarship and grant programs, the University is increasing its commitment to two existing financial aid programs, the National Scholars Awards and Old Gold Scholarships.
Funding for the additional scholarships comes from the University’s Tuition Set Aside program, which the University allocates to support its scholarships and grants. This money comes directly from tuition revenue and not from state appropriations. For more information on these scholarships, see the web site.
Iowa opens new center in the windy city
The University of Iowa’s new Chicago Center has opened in the heart of The Loop to provide better service to an area that’s home to more than one-quarter of UI undergraduate students and more than 21,000 alumni. The center, which receives support from private funds, is on the 27th floor of 150 N. Michigan Avenue.
Tom Rocklin, UI associate provost for undergraduate education, says the center will serve the University in many capacities, including recruiting high-quality students to The University of Iowa from Chicagoland high schools, and helping UI students and alumni find internship and career opportunities with employers in the Chicago area.
“The Chicago Center will provide the kind of permanent presence in the region that will help us recruit an even better prepared and more diverse group of students to the University,” says Rocklin. “More than 50 percent of our minority student applications in 2005 were from Illinois, and 30 percent of enrolled minority students come from Illinois.
“In addition, the center will help develop a network of employers in Chicago’s thriving global business community to create leads for students looking for internships, and for graduates looking to start their careers,” he says.
A wash-day miracle
University Housing is helping UI students eliminate wash-day drudgery—at least the part that involves waiting around for an empty machine.
LaundryView, an online monitoring system, lets students keep an eye on the progress of their whiter whites from any computer with Internet access. By clicking through the University Housing site’s laundry links, students can tell which machines are available, the number of minutes until a machine finishes, and ask for an e-mail update when machines are empty and ready for use.
To see the system in action, visit the web site, and scroll down to LaundryView Monitoring System.
Unfortunately, laundry at Iowa is not entirely pain-free: students still have to find that missing sock on their own.
UI students think, and study, globally
International education at The University of Iowa continues to be a priority, as the number of UI students studying abroad continues to increase.
UI study abroad participation rose by 2.3 percent in 2005-2006. At the UI, 1,103 students studied abroad, including 727 undergraduates (an increase of 2.7 percent) and 376 graduate and professional students (an increase of 1.6 percent).
UI undergraduates studied abroad in 51 countries, and graduate and professional students studied in 64 countries in 2005-06. The top five destinations for UI students in 2005-06 were the United Kingdom (120), Spain (107), France (106), Italy (100), and China (82). The 2005-2006 UI Study Abroad statistics can be found at www.uiowa.edu/~uiabroad/GETSTRDstatistics.html.