Mary Sue Coleman, Ph.D., president; Iowa City 52242; 319/335-3549

The University of Iowa (UI), chartered within the first two months of statehood in 1847, exemplifies Iowa's commitment to innovative leadership in education, research, and service. In 1855, the year classes began, the UI became the first public university to admit women on an equal basis with men. Today, under the leadership of President Mary Sue Coleman and Provost Jon Whitmore, a distinguished faculty of nearly 1,800 attracts 28,000 students from every county in Iowa, all 50 states, and 99 foreign countries.

In recent national rankings, these are some of the University's programs that have been rated among the nation's elite: communication studies, engineering, creative writing, art and art history, political science, English, business administration, education, speech pathology and audiology, otolaryngology, physical therapy, sociology, social psychology, ophthalmology, rehabilitation counseling, the physician's assistant program, orthopedics, accounting, economics, family and rural medicine and a number of other medical specialties, law, dentistry and nursing.

A strategic planning process, begun in 1988, focuses university efforts for achieving distinction in the 21st century in the arts, human and environmental health, the biosciences, basic science and technology, and literature/discourse/critical analysis. The primary goal is strengthening undergraduate teaching.

Fiftyseven percent of the students are enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts, which includes the schools of Art and Art History, Journalism and Mass Communication, Library and Information Science, Music, Religion, and Social Work, and numerous academic departments and interdisciplinary programs. Another 23% are enrolled in the Graduate College, and about 10% are in the professional colleges of Dentistry, Law, and Medicine. Other colleges are Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Nursing, and Pharmacy. The UI now grants nearly 6,000 degrees each year 255,566 thus far. More than 60 percent of its students are from Iowa.

The University of Iowa has produced 18 Rhodes Scholars, 15 Pulitzer Prize winners, 67 National Science Foundation Young Investigators, and numerous Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Humanities, and senior Fulbright Fellows. Three UI biomedical scientists were named Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators in 1989; other recent honors to UI faculty include five professors named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, four to the Institute of Medicine, one to the National Academy of Sciences, the 1989 Crafoord Prize by the Royal Swedish Academy of Science, the 1990 Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, recent MacArthur Fellowships from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the 1996 Pulitzer prize for poetry. The University is one of 57 members of the select Association of American Universities. In 199798, UI faculty members won $217.3 million in federal and private support for research and development. Since 1966, UI has won $3 billion in competitive grants and contracts.

In more than 90 formal research units, UI investigators explore such emerging technologies as image processing, gene mapping, pharmaceutical development, bioprocessing, and computer design. In biomedicine, the UI is a leader in microbiology, biochemistry, and molecular biology. The Institute of Hydraulic Research is a world leader in basic and applied fluids research. As part of the UI academic mission, technology transfer programs encourage corporate relationships. The UI Research Foundation patents UI intellectual property and licenses the inventions for commercial development. The Technology Innovation Center (TIC) offers a sheltered environment for new, technology based business ventures that attract $20 in capital investment for every $1 of state support for the TIC. Researchbased companies that require sustained UI relationships can locate at the UI Oakdale Research Park. The Office of Research Marketing fosters corporate access to UI research assets and capabilities.

University of Iowa scholars and scientists have pioneered in such fields as psychology, radiation belts, new moons of Saturn, and radio emissions from Jupiter. Out of the UI research efforts have come such innovations as a multispecialty program for the care of cleft palate patients and the designation of the UI by the National Institutes on Health as the main medical center for evaluating performance of the many types of cochlear implants, in recognition of Iowa's leadership in the surgical implant and clinical followup of these devices.

Researchers at the Iowa Driving Simulator (IDS) develop worldclass computer technology that will design, test, and implement transportation products and systems at a fraction of the cost of traditional engineering. Working with sponsoring companies and federal agencies, IDS researchers explore everything from the effect of drugs and medical treatments on drivers' eyesight to the design of new vehicles and offroad equipment. By the turn of the century, the UI will be home to the world's most sophisticated driving simulator, the National Advanced Driving Simulator.

The UI is renowned for its leadership in writing not only in developing the Writers' Workshop, the Playwrights Workshop, a distinguished nonfiction writing program, and the world's only International Writing Program but also in improving the teaching of writing at all levels of education. In 1922, the University became the first to accept creative work to meet thesis requirements for graduate degrees in the arts, and it continues to offer excellent programs in creative writing, dance, theatre, music, and art.

The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) is one of the largest universityowned teaching hospitals in the nation. Its staff of more than 1,200 physicians and dentists is complemented by the most advanced medical technology available in providing health care to more than 500,000 admitted and ambulatory clinic patients annually. Iowans comprise 90% of the patients at UIHC, although patients from across the nation and several foreign nations are referred to this center by their physicians for specialized health care.

Expertise in bone marrow and organ transplantation at UIHC is worldrenowned. The hospital was also chosen to be among the first in the world to use a positron emission tomograph (PET) scanner. In 1996 it was ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation's best hospitals, and in 1995 it was listed in the book The Best Hospitals in America.

As Iowa's major teaching hospital, UIHC is the clinical training base for 43 University of Iowa health education programs that replenish the supply of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other health professionals for Iowa communities.

The UIHC Indigent Patient Care Program enables Iowans who cannot otherwise afford the health care they require to be served at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.  A fleet of vans provides doortodoor transportation to University Hospitals form their homes throughout the state.

Emergency patient transportation is provided by two helicopters and two mobile care units, which support communitybased physicians and hospitals when they request that patients be transferred to UIHC.

In 1994, the University formed the Health Sciences Center, bringing together the research, teaching and service components of its health sciences colleges, the UIHC, and the University Hygienic Lab.

The UI is a statewide cultural resource, offering arts programming to more than 100,000 Iowans annually. It brings internationally recognized performers to the 2,500seat Hancher Auditorium, acclaimed by The New York Times as a "creative center" for its commissions and premiers of new works. Hancher enjoys wide regional support for its activities; in recent seasons, the auditorium has had attendance of more than 100,000 and has surpassed $2 million in ticket sales and is approaching its 4 millionth customer. The Museum of Natural History; the Iowa Hall exhibits on Iowa's geology and archaeology; the Museum of Art; and Old Capitol, Iowa's first state capitol building and the symbol of the university, attract thousands of tourists and visitors each year. The UI is a leader in information technology, having developed one of the most progressive computing centers in the nation. Each day thousands of World Wide Web users visit such innovative UI offerings as the Virtual Hospital and the UI Libraries' Gateway to the Internet. The UI is also a pioneer in putting technology in its curriculum through its technologypacked Information Arcade and Information Commons, which put powerful learning tools in the hands of teachers and students alike. UI openstack libraries, ranking among the nation's largest, house more than three million volumes and a wealth of special collections, including papers and letters of U.S. Presidents and leading Iowa figures, the Iowa Women's Archives, and manuscripts and first editions of many Iowa authors. Iowa residents across the state may borrow UI books on interlibrary loan through their local libraries.

By ensuring admission to those in the upper half of their graduating classes in Iowa high schools, and by offering public services in health care, economic forecasting, smallbusiness consulting, economic development, assistance to local schools and teachers, testing programs, arts outreach, offcampus and correspondence study, and special summer programs in arts, sciences, and athletics, the UI strives constantly to make its resources available to all Iowans. Through innovative programs such as Opportunity at Iowa, the University fosters a culturally diverse learning environment that promotes wider understanding throughout the state and nation.


Martin C. Jischke, Ph.D., president; Ames 50010; 515/294-6136

As Iowa's land-grant university, Iowa State University works for Iowa in many important ways. Iowa State provides high quality education for undergraduate and graduate students in the land-grant tradition of combining practical programs with the liberal arts and sciences. Its research in agriculture, science, technology and other areas addresses some of the most important issues facing Iowa, the nation and the world. Its outreach efforts are creating the technology transfer and distance learning programs that will serve Iowa into the 21st century.

Iowa State has embarked on an ambitious and aggressive effort to become the nation's best land-grant university. Its Strategic Plan (1995-2000) has identified six goals and a comprehensive set of benchmarks to measure its progress toward those goals. The goals are: strengthening undergraduate program, strengthening graduate education and research, strengthening outreach and extension efforts, sustaining and enhancing an intellectually stimulating campus environment, establishing international leadership in information and computer technology, and strengthening the economic development of Iowa.

Iowa State University was created by the Iowa General Assembly in 1858 as the Iowa Agricultural College and Model Farm. It was designated Iowa's land-grant institution in 1862 and held its first classes in 1869. It was renamed the Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts in 1898 and became Iowa State University of Science and Technology in 1959.

Today, Iowa State is a broad-based university of international stature, with a diverse enrollment. Its 21,000 undergraduate students and 4,000 graduate students come from all 50 states and nearly 115 other nations. For the past three years (1996, '97, `98), Iowa State has ranked among the top six public universities in the nation in the number of Freshman National Merit Scholars. Through its on-campus programs, an increasing number and variety of distance-education programs, and expanded internships, co-op programs and study abroad opportunities, Iowa State offers its students an education that prepares them to be successful professionally and as citizens of the world.

ISU's colleges of Agriculture, Business, Design, Education, Engineering, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Liberal Arts and Sciences offer more than 100 programs of study leading to baccalaureate degrees: Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Architecture, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Liberal Studies. The Graduate College offers approximately 120 programs leading to master's degrees: Master of Arts, Master of Agriculture, Master of Architecture, Master of Community and Regional Planning, Master of Education, Master of Engineering, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Landscape Architecture, Master of Public Administration, Master of Science, and Master of School Mathematics. The Graduate College offers approximately 100 programs leading to the Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D.) and a program leading to the Specialist degree in school psychology. The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree is offered by the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Instruction is offered throughout the year. The academic year is divided into two semesters of 16 weeks each, beginning in late August and ending in early May, and two summer sessions, from mid-May through early August.

Iowa State is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, which consists of the top research universities in North America, and is a "Carnegie I" university, which recognizes the top level of universities in graduate education and research. Sponsored funding has increased from just over $100 million in 1988-89 to more than $190 million in 1996-97. Research productivity is also setting records. Since 1989, Iowa State has ranked among the top 14 universities in the nation in the number of patents awarded, including fifth in 1995 and 1996; and in 1996 and 1997, Iowa State ranked third in the nation in the number of licenses and options executed on university-generated technology innovations. In addition, Iowa State ranks second among all universities with 19 R&D 100 Awards, which recognize the 100 top technological innovations each year.

Iowa State has one of the most extensive and sophisticated campus-wide computing platforms in the nation, with more than 15,000 terminals and workstations. The academic computing network is named for John Vincent Atanasoff, who invented the electronic digital computer while a professor at Iowa State in the late-1930s, gives students, faculty and staff access to high-speed computing centers on campus, to each other, and to outside data bases and networks.

The Ames Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy, one of the world's leading materials and fossil fuels research facilities, is located at Iowa State. Iowa State also has one of the most modern computer virtual reality environment laboratories in the nation, called C2, and its new Engineering Teaching and Research Complex (ETRC) will include a new generation VR facility, C6.

Other major research centers at Iowa State include: the Institute for Physical Research and Technology (IPRT) and its member centers (Microelectronics Research Center, Center for Nondestructive Evaluation, Center for Advanced Technology Development and the Airworthiness Assurance Center of Excellence), Utilization Center for Agricultural Products and its member centers (Center for Crops Utilization Research, Meat Export Research Center, Linear Accelerator Facility); Center for Designing Foods to Improve Nutrition, National Soil Tilth Laboratory, Ames Center for Animal Health, Institute for International Cooperation in Animal Biologics, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Energy Center, the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, the Institute for Social and Behavioral Research, Seed Science Center, and several research initiatives in agricultural biotechnology. With new appropriations totaling $2.4 million from the State of Iowa in FY'98 and '99, Iowa State has begun to build a Center of Excellence in the Fundamental Plant Sciences, and in 1999, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Swine Research Center opened.

In 1996, Iowa State launched its largest private fund-raising campaign ever—the five-year, $300 million "Campaign Destiny: To Become the Best." That goal was reached after three years, and a new goal of $425 million, also to be reached by June 30, 2001, was established. Private fund-raising topped $100 million in FY'97, '98 and '99, setting an all-time record of $106 million in FY'99. These funds are enhancing the broad range of Iowa State's academic programs and facilities, such as the Engineering Teaching and Research Complex, endowed chairs and professorships, and library acquisitions. In addition, $75 million has been raised through the President's Scholarship Campaign to create endowments enabling hundreds more students each year to attend Iowa State. One of the largest of these programs is the Christina Hixson Opportunities Awards Program, which was launched in 1995 and provides full-tuition scholarships, renewable for four years, to one student from each Iowa county who faces a difficult financial or personal situation.

At the heart of the university is the Iowa State Library, with more than 2 million volumes, 22,000 periodicals, and 2 million other materials. It includes the latest in computerized catalog and records services, and has access to library data bases throughout the nation and the world. The library has nationally recognized collections in the physical and life sciences, and has extensive holdings in agriculture, botany, chemistry, entomology, mathematics, and veterinary medicine. It also houses the Archives of Women in Science and Engineering.

Iowa State University is proud of the role it has played in the development of Iowa, the nation and the world. Iowa State is the birthplace of the Cooperative Extension Service system and the nationwide system of Agricultural Experiment Stations. Today, Iowa State Extension provides research-based, unbiased information and education to Iowa young people, families, communities, agricultural enterprises, and businesses. Efforts in value-added agriculture support the continued profitability of agri-business, and Extension's Center for Industrial Research and Service and its leadership in the Iowa Manufacturing Technology Center provide important support to Iowa's manufacturing sector. Through its Extension 21 initiative, Iowa State is building the model for Extension for the next century. Extension 21 focuses on increasing the competitiveness of Iowa's rural and urban communities, private sector business and industry, and public sector programs and services.

Iowa State's research and outreach efforts have provided assistance to persons in all corners of the globe. The university has more than 150 active agreements or contracts with educational and research institutions in all parts of the world. Two of the largest international efforts are the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, created in 1958, and, more recently, the International Institute for Theoretical and Applied Physics (IITAP), a partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to use science and technology to help developing nations improve their economies. In 1998, Iowa State took the lead in the creation of the Global Consortium of Agricultural Universities to increase collaboration in agricultural curricular reform.

Adapting the land-grant philosophy to the changing needs of the 21st century, Iowa State University has maintained preeminence in the areas of agriculture, family and consumer sciences, science, engineering, and veterinary medicine, but has also expanded significantly into other areas to the point that its largest enrollment is now in liberal arts and sciences. Iowa State is also a leader in information technology, and its fastest growing enrollments are in these fields. Increasing numbers of students find in the broad-based curriculum of Iowa State opportunities to specialize in excellent programs of science and technology, and to acquire a broad general background of education in the liberal arts tradition.

Iowa State continues to make significant progress on the six goals of its Strategic Plan and toward its aspiration of becoming the nation's best land-grant university. Becoming the best means being the best at meeting the educational, research and outreach needs of the people Iowa State University was created to serve—the people of Iowa.


Robert D. Koob, president; Cedar Falls 50614; 319/273-2311

The University of Northern Iowa prides itself on providing a student-centered coeducational experience, and has a reputation for providing exceptional undergraduate education, as well as complementary programs at the master's, specialist, and doctoral levels. Building on its historic excellence in teacher education, the University has developed outstanding programs in its Colleges of Business Administration, Humanities and Fine Arts, Natural Sciences, as well as in the College of Education.

The University's medium size - approximately 13,300 students, from every county in Iowa, 46 states and 55 foreign countries - allows it to offer a distinguished faculty, facilities and academic choices of a major university, while retaining a friendly, small college atmosphere, on a compact, park-like walking campus. With 40 major buildings on 850 acres, the campus can be crossed in an easy 10-minute walk.

Experimental learning opportunities such as undergraduate research, internships, student teaching, international study programs, community service and cooperative education encourage a classroom knowledge connection with real-world experience. UNI faculty recognize the value of a liberal arts education and, thus, a rigorous General Education curriculum equips students with a broad understanding and knowledge of how to apply and acquire new information throughout life.

In keeping with its emphasis on lifelong learning, UNI also offers an evening degree program with a long-term schedule of classes so students can complete an undergraduate or graduate degree by taking courses only at night. The University's Division of Continuing Education and Special Programs sponsors classes off-campus in centers throughout the state, including several degree programs that allow completion of a degree with little or no on-campus course work. In addition, UNI has been a leader in the use of the Iowa Communications Network for instruction throughout the state and across all disciplines, and has successfully used the Internet for course instruction around the globe.

Its global impact is further enhanced through the College of Education's commitment to educational reform and the democratization of the educational system in Slovakia, Romania, Chile and China. UNI's recent expansion into so many of the former Eastern bloc countries with the "Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking" project has extended it influence to nearly one-fifth of the world's land mass. Intercultural student teaching opportunities in more than 20 states and a dozen foreign countries, a Global Health Corps program where UNI students have delivered health promotion programs, overseas exchange and study opportunities, and the innovative and unique Camp Adventure program that provides summer recreation programs for military dependent youth and young people in American clubs and U.S. embassies, help rank UNI at the top of the U.S. institutions in the number of students who study abroad.

The University continues to vigorously pursue its role as a leader in teacher education and is headquarters for the Renaissance Group, a national consortium of universities with major commitments to teacher education, seeking to impact teacher education reform nationwide. Its student teaching network is a national model for the involvement of practitioners in teacher education programs. The Minorities in teaching Program, one of the first such programs in the nation, received the Christa McAuliffe Showcase for Excellence Award for innovative programs to attract minority youth into the teaching profession, from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). It has begun returning minority teachers to Iowa classrooms where they were formerly students. The teachers preparation programs in science and mathematics have been cited by the AASCU for excellence as well. Also concerned about the continuing professional development of teachers in the field, UNI served from 1992 to 1998 as one of 20 field test sites across the nation for National Board Professional Teaching Standards certification. The UNI College of Education is now working in partnership with the Iowa State Education Association and the School Administrators of Iowa, on state grant that is preparing Iowa teachers for national teacher certification.

The University of Northern Iowa continues to play an active role in curriculum development in the public schools. Since 1915, UNI has been a leader in environmental education. Its OUTLOOK program, a wide-ranging series of environmental education materials, is now used internationally, as is its PRISMS program in physics, which stresses hands-on learning. More recently it has developed the CRISTAL program in chemistry with a similar focus.

The Regents Center for Early Developmental Education located at UNI was established by the Legislature to serve as a focal point for early childhood education in Iowa. Its research, professional development activities, and model program development enhance efforts to provide developmentally appropriate early education throughout the state. Malcolm Price Laboratory School, the state's only laboratory school, continues to be a place where teaching theory is put into practice, and UNI's Institute for Educational Leadership works with educators throughout the state to focus on and clarify key issues important to education in Iowa and address issues of significance to Iowa's school districts. The National Program for Playground Safety, with headquarters at UNI, was created in 1995, and has developed a national action plan to address the country's growing concern for playground safety and injury prevention.

Moving beyond education, the University has forged partnerships with Iowans as they work to diversify and expand the state's economy. UNI's "Service to Iowa" programs are an exciting and tangible link between on-campus expertise and the needs of Iowa communities, businesses and industry. Their statewide success is already measurable in real terms, including hundreds of jobs, business development and expansion, community improvements and conservation of resources.

UNI's outreach programs through the External Services Division of the College of Business Administration, including the Institute for Decision Making, Small Business Development Center, Management & Professional Development Center, Strategic Marketing Services, the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and the Ag-Based Industrial Lubricants (ABIL) Research Program. All programs assist firms, organizations and individuals in the private and public sectors. The Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC), established at UNI by the Iowa legislature, provides free, non-regulatory consulting services on waste management to the state's small and medium sized companies, saving them hundreds of thousands of dollars and preventing tons of waste from ending up in Iowa landfills. The Iowa Waste Exchange, managed by the IWRC, was honored nationally for innovation in the administration of state government. Through March 1999, the Exchange diverted 293,199 tons of material destined for disposal, saving 2,707 businesses nearly $6.9 million. The Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE), built with a $4 million grant from the United States Department of Energy, is a model of energy efficiency and environmental awareness and, among its many functions, serves as a resource center for educational materials on energy and the environment. In another area, the Metal Casting Center has continued to work with Iowa foundries. More than 80 percent of the foundries in all parts of the state have actively participated or are continuing to participate in one or more of the Metal Casting Center's projects, outreach activities and workshops, or have received direct technical assistance from MCC professionals.

One of the three state-assisted universities administered by the Iowa Board of Regents, UNI enjoys national recognition for its high education standards. U.S. News and World Report ranked UNI second among Midwest regional public universities in its 1999 America's Best College Guide. In past years, UNI has been cited by the magazine in a number of categories, including "#1 in academic reputation." Among its nationally acclaimed programs in many disciplines, UNI's accounting program continues to be ranked among the best in the nation, based upon the quality of accountants it produces and its consistant rankings near the top of percentage of candidates successfully passing all parts of national certification examination. UNI student groups ranging from chemistry to conservation to public relations have been recognized by their respective national groups for the excellence of their programs and its internationally acclaimed Jazz Band I consistently receives the College Outstanding Performance Award from Down Beat Magazine.

UNI students also supplement their classroom learning through participation in more than 180 university-recognized academic, social, recreational and religious organizations. The University offers a full calendar of fine- and performing-arts events, also open to the public, and its 19 men's and women's intercollegiate athletics programs compete at the NCAA Division I (football in IAA) in the Missouri Valley Conference (football in the Gateway conference). The institution's landmark UNI-Dome hosts a variety of sports events, floor shows and expositions, as well as Iowa High School Football Playoffs and other state, regional and national events. Its acclaimed Wellness & Recreation Center, dedicated in 1998, is heavily used for both classes and student recreation, exceeding expectations, and its new Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, scheduled to open in the spring of 2000 and house classes and performance centers, were both made possible in part by funding from the Iowa Legislature.

The University of Northern Iowa was founded in 1876 as the Iowa State Normal School. In 1909, it became Iowa State Teachers College and was first accredited as a teachers college in 1913. In 1961, the name was changed to State College of Iowa, and in 1967, the Iowa Legislature acted to change the status of the institution to that of a university under its present title.