Under Mr. Rastetter’s watch as president of the Iowa Board of Regents, the board has initiated an ambitious transparent inclusive efficiency review (TIER) and passed a controversial performance-based funding agreement. The CBJ spoke with Mr. Rastetter to discuss the Board’s moves and why he believes they are necessary.
By Regenia Bailey / Guest Editorial
I’m a proud native Iowan. I appreciate our state’s topography, our first-in-the-nation caucus status and the friendliness with which we generally treat one another.
However, our natural politeness and discomfort with conflict or uncomfortable situations often limit our ability to have difficult conversations with other board members. Constructive conflict can promote new ideas, spur innovative solutions and motivate members to attend to their board work.
By Jean Kruse / Guest Editorial
Anyone who longs for the “good old days” probably doesn’t own a small business. Given the variety of powerful, easy-to-use accounting software products available today, it’s difficult to imagine wanting to keep records and prepare financial statements by hand.
By Greg Dardis / Guest Editorial
When Cameron James arrived at Dardis Academy last May, he brought a set of life experiences that had forged a maturity far beyond his 20 years.