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Open letter to readers: Today and tomorrow

By Lynda Waddington | 11.17.11

Wednesday was a difficult day for The American Independent News Network, which is the larger entity that operates The Iowa Independent. Our chief executive and founder announced two of our sister sites would close and their content would be moved to The American Independent.

ACS lockout continues; plan emerges to repeal sugar protections

By Virginia Chamlee | 11.15.11

A recently introduced bill could have far-reaching impact on the U.S. sugar industry, including American Crystal Sugar, a farmer-owned cooperative that locked out 1,300 Midwest workers on Aug. 1.

Cain campaign: Farmers know more about regulations than EPA

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.15.11

The chairman for Herman Cain’s Iowa effort says the campaign “relied more on the word of farmers than Washington regulators” in deciding to run an ad containing claims the Environmental Protection Agency says are false.

Mathis wins, Democrats maintain Senate control

Liz Mathis
By Lynda Waddington | 11.08.11

The Iowa Senate will remain under the control of a slim 26-25 Democratic majority when it reconvenes in January 2012.

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PR: Nation should work to address veterans’ challenges

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

BRUCE BRALEY RELEASE — As US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan ends, it’s more important than ever that our nation works to address the challenges faced by the men and women who fought there.

PR: Honoring veterans, help in hiring

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

CHUCK GRASSLEY RELEASE — A difficult job market is challenging the soldiers, sailors and airmen who have protected America’s interests by serving in the Armed Forces.

PR: In honor of America’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

TOM LATHAM RELEASE — No one has done more to secure the freedom enjoyed by every single American than our veterans and those currently serving in the armed services.

PR: Honoring and supporting our nation’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

DAVE LOEBSACK RELEASE — Veterans Day is an opportunity to reflect on the service of generations of veterans and to honor the sacrifices they and their families have made so that we may live in peace and freedom here at home.

Ashford U’s parent corporation spends more on marketing than teaching

By Adam B Sullivan | 06.25.10 | 1:41 pm

The corporation that owns for-profit Ashford University in Clinton has consistently spent more on marketing than on teaching over the last three years, according to the company’s financial statements obtained from the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Since at least 2007, “marketing and promotional” expenses at Bridgepoint Education Inc have been larger than “instructional cost and services” each year. In 2009, the most recent data available, the corporation spent $120.1 million on instructional costs and $145.7 million on marketing. The rest of the company’s expenses were composed of “general and administrative” items.

2007 2008 2009
Instructional cost and services 34.8 % 28.8 % 26.4 %
Marketing and promotional 42 % 37.1 % 32.1 %

In 2009, expenses totaled $372.5 million while revenues reached $454.3 million. The California-based corporation also owns University of the Rockies in Colorado Springs, Colo. Total enrollment between the two schools totals 65,788, but less than 1,000 of those students attend the schools’ physical campuses.

U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin has called for increased scrutiny on for-profit colleges and universities. A report from Harkin’s office revealed for-profit schools generate huge revenues while their students default on federal loans much more frequently than students at nonprofit or public schools.

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