It's not because we're abandoning Iowans and Americans in general. The reality is that we've basically tapped out Iowa. We've done so well in-state, especially relative to U of I, that we really can't do much better unless the state's population grows (which isn't happening at significant rate).
Then when you expand beyond the state's borders, the competition from other universities gets MUCH more stiff. You don't give up on these kids, obviously. You continue to recruit them. But you can only invest so much before you reach a point of diminishing return.
Thus, the greatest opportunity for growth (at least as of now) is overseas. You have a huge target population and diluted competition. I'm a flag-waving, blue-blooded American, but this isn't about turning our backs on American kids. We're doing great with Iowans and the best we can in the other 49 states. But to GROW, we're looking overseas, and rightfully so.
And for what it's worth, I'm confident we have excellent people in charge of enrollment. (And, no, I don't know any of them personally.)
Knapp and Storms were built with the wrong kind of concrete for Iowa weather. The idiot complaining about their demolition knows nothing about that decision. There was no other option.
But really? The suburbs are a vast community of tens of cities all with different flavors. There is no el train, the gang activity is much different (but now very present), etc. There is a huge difference between living in Arlington Heights versus living in Wicker Park. This could go on forever. I mean a town like Evanston is more like the city than Naperville. The school systems are very different, etc.
And, just to clarify, I like the suburbs fine, but I don't understand why suburbanites just can't say where they are from versus saying Chicago. There was some guy at ISU from DeKalb saying he was from Chicago when I was in school. Crazy.
Both are good schools and both draw different crowds. I was born a hawkeye fan and lucky enough for me the University of Iowa offered what I wanted to do in school. Everyone has different reasons for choosing a school also. Being from west des moines, Iowa state was a convenient choice for a lot of kids. We are lucky to have two great in state schools that provide a student who applies themselves a great chance at a future.
Has there been talking of putting up some more dormitories on or near campus? Seems like a necessity, especially if this trend continues.
We need some AHF stickers up in here.