Want a state legislature that likes to meddle with higher education? Move to Iowa

While state legislators frequently show a penchant for bills that would enable them to increase their oversight, pinch the purse strings, and tighten the screws on public colleges and universities, the 89th Iowa General Assembly is reaching new heights of legislative overreach this year.

From bills that would eliminate tenure to those that would dictate curriculum, control how non-state funds are used, and mandate how many in-state students must be accepted into medical and dental schools, Iowa legislators have proposed an array of bills intended to tie the hands or clip the wings – choose your metaphor – of its public universities.

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