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Some College Student Renters Must Battle Unfair Charges, Rigged Damage Deposit Requirements

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ONE OF TWO STORIES: Hundreds of college students who rent private apartments while attending Iowa’s three public universities routinely are being taken advantage of by landlords who unfairly withhold security deposits that might be owed back to the students. Continue Reading →

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Developing Connections Could Keep Young Talent In Iowa

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Brain drain is not a new problem, but Iowa employers must adopt new ways to attract talent by developing personal connections by focusing on career opportunities, fostering connections between employees and the community and providing mentorships to nurture young talent, panelists at a July 22 Brain Drain forum said.

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Years Later, Little Change In Missing Student Policies

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In 2009, two Iowa college students went missing and the responses highlighted differences in the way universities handle missing persons cases and the challenges in dealing with adults who go missing. Polices haven’t changed much since then, officials said this week, although social media growth allows word to spread more quickly and updated requirements under the Clery Act lend more transparency to campus missing persons polices. Continue Reading →

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Best And Worst College Major Lists Challenge New Grads In Job Hunts

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Here's a challenge: go ask a bunch of 5-year-old kids what they want to be when they grow up. Spoiler alert: most kids probably aren't going to say biomedical engineer, computer scientist, or electrical engineer.

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Behind That Heavily Criticized Theater Major: Experiences, Skills For Multiple Jobs

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Some combination of fine arts, drama, theater, and visual and performing arts appears on almost every “worthless college major” list on the Internet. But theater students view their major as anything but worthless. Continue Reading →

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Video Interviews: Brain Drain In Iowa

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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. Continue Reading →

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Hidden Disabilities Diagnoses Up But Some Students Remain Unreported At Iowa Colleges, Universities

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When Donna Musel started work as Buena Vista University’s disabilities coordinator only two students with illnesses requested classroom accommodations to help them do their college studies. “Now I have quite a few more than that,” Musel said this spring. Continue Reading →

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