Masked students walk on central campus

Fall enrollment of 31,825 shows strong retention

The one-year retention rate set a record this fall with 88.5% of first-year students returning for a second year.

Targeted COVID testing strategy is doing its job

Students and employees being tested at the Thielen Student Health Center either show symptoms or were exposed to a confirmed positive case. It's a group you'd expect to test positive often, and the positivity rate rose during the first two weeks of class.

Faculty have flexibility with course delivery modes

Though the semester is well underway, faculty continue to have flexibility in deciding the best mode for delivering their courses.

Next up in new P&S system: Compensation

Prior to the Sept. 20 go-live date, professional and scientific employees and their managers can learn more about the compensation portion of the new P&S classification/compensation system.

Two males in protection examine beehive frames

Cyclone bees

Beekeeping classroom comes to 13th Street

Four hives moved from the university's horticulture farm north of Ames to the prairie area north of the Environmental Health and Safety Services Building created a beekeeping classroom.

To adjust for COVID-19, some temporary flexibility for flex accounts

Because COVID-19 may have wreaked havoc on some personal budget projections, a temporary policy change will allow employees affected by the pandemic to adjust contributions through December for flexible spending accounts for health or dependent care.

Virtual field days

Field days

Extension uses online options to reach audience

ISU Extension and Outreach has pivoted more programming online because of the coronavirus, but it has allowed for a wider audience to get information and help it needs during this time.