UI takes student government leaders on tour to view classroom improvements
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Student government leaders Thursday afternoon got
a tour of University of Iowa classrooms that were part of $4.5 million
in classroom improvements completed in the past 20 months. The tour was
arranged to show students progress that has been made since former student
government leaders took UI administrators on a tour of classrooms in need
"The University's goal is to provide classrooms that are appropriately
equipped and are also dynamic and flexible places to teach and learn,"
said UI Provost Jon Whitmore.
The biggest project was last summer's $2.5 million renovation of Macbride
Auditorium, one of the UI's largest lecture halls. That project included
new seating, carpeting, paint and installation of 21th-century classroom
Also receiving attention were classrooms in English Philosophy Building,
Lindquist Center, Van Allen Hall, Schaeffer Hall, Seashore Hall, MacLean
Hall, Phillips Hall, Gilmore Hall, Trowbridge Hall, Jessup Hall, and the
Besides the installation of high-tech instructional equipment and wiring,
many of the improvements were of the low-tech kind to improve comfort and
aesthetics: painting, plastering, refurbishing ceilings and floors, and
the installation of air conditioning equipment.
In addition, students and faculty in Lindquist Center and the English-Philosophy
Building now have classrooms and offices wired for the Internet, and new
teaching laboratories are now serving students and faculty in the departments
of physics and astronomy, bookbinding, and journalism.
"This work reflects the high priority the university is placing
on improvements to teaching spaces," said Associate Provost John Folkins,
who led the tour. "These improvements contribute in a big way toward
two university strategic goals: comprehensive strength in undergraduate
education and a high-quality academic and working environment."