Statehouse, Des Moines, IA 50319         



Two recent letters published in the Register caught my attention given the proposals by Iowa and Iowa State to substantially raise tuitions. The schools contend this is necessary because they are not receiving adequate funding from taxpayers. The first letter, from Donald Doudna, PhD, published August 17, 2017, states that “It is fascinating that full professors at both institutions have a teaching load of two classes per year and six office hours per week.” He also states that “About 27 percent are over 65 and seem to be retired in place.”

Among other things he advocates requiring a minimum of three classes per year for tenured faculty, eliminating high pay, low performance faculty positions and reducing compensation when faculty receive compensation for outside consulting, which decreases their time working with students.

The second letter from Paul Joslin, Drake University emeritus professor of science education, published August 23, 2017, supports Dr. Doudna’s statements. He says he “taught eight courses per year, some as an adjunct at Iowa and ISU.” He concludes “If every Iowa and ISU professor taught at least six courses per year, tuition could be reduced.”

I doubt that most Iowans realized that Iowa and Iowa State are allowing a situation such as this to exist. I have seen nothing from either school denying the statements that these gentlemen have made. It seems to me that this is something that we as legislators should look into, particularly in these times of tight budgets.         

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Julian Garrett,
May 27, 2017, 4:59 PM