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Drake ranked among top universities in the nation in 2021 U.S. News & World Report ranking

Drake ranked among top universities in the nation in 2021 U.S. News & World Report ranking

Drake University is one of the nation’s leading universities, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best Colleges rankings. The 2021 edition of Best Colleges places Drake 124th among 389 of the nation’s most elite private and public doctoral institutions, advancing six spots from last year’s rankings. This is the second year U.S. News...

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Connecting remotely with authors and thinkers

Connecting remotely with authors and thinkers

In Renée Cramer’s Reproductive Law and Politics course, students have the opportunity not only to read influential works but also to meet with the authors personally. Jennifer Block, an independent journalist who writes about health, gender, and conflict of interest in medicine, planned to visit the Drake campus in April. Students in Cramer’s class had...

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Professor adapts to student feedback

Professor adapts to student feedback

To adapt his calculus class to remote teaching, the first thing Assistant Professor of Mathematics Enes Akbuga did was listen to his students. “I prepared an online survey to ask students their preferences on instruction type—whether instruction should be in a live session or prerecorded so students could watch it on their own time,” Akbuga...

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Three students recognized by Fulbright program continuing a strong Drake tradition

Three students recognized by Fulbright program continuing a strong Drake tradition

Three Drake University students were recognized by the 2020–2021 Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Two students were named finalists while a third will be an alternate in what is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. A finalist is an applicant who was approved by the host country and offered a Fulbright...

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Incorporating COVID-19 into curriculum

Incorporating COVID-19 into curriculum

This is the fifth in a series of stories on excellence and innovation in online teaching—despite the challenges posed by the pandemic. The coronavirus had a significant impact on Associate Professor Jerry Honts’ molecular biology class, and not just because the course moved online. COVID-19 is now a major part of the curriculum and the...

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Design students collaborate remotely to design new tabletop games

Design students collaborate remotely to design new tabletop games

This is the fourth in a series of stories on excellence and innovation in online teaching—despite the challenges posed by the pandemic. Catan, Wingspan, Ticket to Ride, Concordia. These tabletop games and others have hit their stride recently as social distancing has compelled people to spend more time at home and away from friends. For...

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Drake University launches five new academic programs for Fall 2020

Drake University launches five new academic programs for Fall 2020

Drake University is adding three new graduate and two undergraduate areas of study to its list of degree options beginning in Fall 2020. The new academic offerings include a Master of Science in health informatics and analytics, a graduate certificate in real estate, a concentration in cyber security within the Master of Business Administration, a...

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Susan Glaspell Writers & Critics Series to present playwright Kirsten Greenidge

Susan Glaspell Writers & Critics Series to present playwright Kirsten Greenidge

Kirsten Greenidge, a playwright from Boston, will speak at Drake University on Monday, Feb.10, at 5:30 p.m. in the Cowles Library Reading Room. She is the second featured speaker in the Drake English department’s annual Glaspell Writers & Critics Series. All events in the series are free and open to the public. An award-winning playwright,...