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The Debate Over Tenure And Free Speech At Iowa's Public Universities

The University of Northern Iowa campus.

The debate over tenure is wrapped up with a perceived liberal bias on university campuses. On this edition of River to River, several views on free speech on campus and the proposed legislation to ban tenure at Iowa's public universities.

University of Northern Iowa President Mark Nook explains why tenure is important for Iowa's economic future. Then, Republican State Representative Dustin Hite shares why he believes tenure should be banned.

Later on, a student at Iowa State University describes what it's like to be conservative on a college campus and Vanessa Miller, higher education reporter for The Gazette, lays out several cases at Regents University campuses that brought Iowa to this point.


  • Mark Nook, president, University of Northern Iowa
  • Dustin Hite, Republican State Representative from New Sharon
  • Jacob Schrader, vice president of the student body, Iowa State University
  • Vanessa Miller, higher education reporter, Cedar Rapids Gazette
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Rick Brewer was a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River