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BY DI STAFF | JANUARY 28, 2015 5:00 AM

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Regents to consider new admissions policy

The state Board of Regents will look at a new way to accommodate a growing section of applicants.

Last year, the regents began looking at a way to revise their data-driven Regent Admission Index — used to determine student admission — after more and more high schools stopped calculating class rankings.

Under the proposal, all three universities would calculate score by weighting ACT results and high-school GPA higher in place of class rankings.

Currently, each of the three state universities uses different methods to calculate admission scores. The University of Iowa looks at students without a rank individually without using a score, while Iowa State University uses a statistical formula.

The regents will consider the proposal at their meeting in Cedar Falls on Feb. 5.

Regents to look at UI early retirement

The UI has proposed an early retirement plan for its older employees.

Employees who are at least 57 years old with at least 10 years of regular benefit eligible employment as of Jan. 31 will be eligible to apply.

Proposed incentives include payment of accrued vacation, accrued sick leave up to $2,000, continued health-insurance payments, and continued retirement benefits.

UI Health Care and/or employees under the SEIU collective bargaining agreement will not be eligible.

The regents will consider the plan at their meeting in Cedar Falls Feb. 5.

— by Chris Higgins

Regents to discuss capital improvements

Next week, the regents will decide on UI capital improvements. 

The UI has requested action on renovation of Student Health and Wellness Space, the relocation of the Pediatrics and Psychiatry Departments, and the Riverside Drive and Grand Avenue steam-distribution system.

The scope of the pediatrics and psychiatric relocation project would include reorganization of patient and examination-room space, upgrading to meet standards and codes, and creating a more efficient patient-care workflow, according to documents released by the regents.

The projects’ projected budget is $10.7 million and would affect 24,795 square feet.

The steam system for Riverside Drive and Grand Avenue would cost $8.6 million for construction, $1.2 million for design and supervision, and around $870,000 for contingency for a total of $10.7 million.

Details related to the Student Health project would be available in February, according to the release.

UI proposes property purchase

The University of Iowa has submitted a request to purchase a parcel of land at 815 First Ave., Coralville, according to regent documents released Tuesday.

The proposal details a $1.5 million purchase price for 1.09 acres of land.

The land is located close to the UIHC Iowa River Landing facility, and the purchase would be contingent on a few other contracts.

Funds for this property would be provided by UIHC capital funds.

Drury Development Corp., which owns the property, is willing to sell it, according to the release.

The release states that the land is “important to UIHC as master planning for the area moves forward.”

— by Nick Moffitt

Man faces theft, burglary charges

Authorities have accused a Coralville man of stealing a car from his grandparents.

Ryan Meadows, 24, was charged with first-degree theft and third-degree burglary on Jan. 24.

According to online court documents, Meadows broke into his grandparents’ home and stole their 2011 Honda Fit from the garage.

The vehicle had a value of more than $10,000.

Meadows reportedly admitted under Miranda that he took the vehicle without permission.

First-degree theft is a Class-C felony, and third-degree burglary is a Class-D felony.

— by Alyssa Guzman

Man charged with domestic-abuse assault

Authorities have accused an Iowa City man of choking a woman and threatening to kill her.

Marcio Alberto Reyes-Marquez, 23, was charged with domestic-abuse assault impeding air/blood flow on Nov. 29, 2014.

According to online court documents, the woman reported that Reyes-Marquez pinned her to the bed, choked her, and told her he was going to kill her.

Reyes-Marquez allegedly performed this act several times before leaving the scene before police arrived.

The woman had bruising and swelling on her neck.

Domestic abuse assault impeding air/blood flow is a Class-D felony.

— by Alyssa Guzman

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