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Panel to seek more transparency at Iowa universities

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A panel will be appointed to investigate ways to improve transparency at Iowa's three public universities and special schools for deaf and blind students.

The Iowa Board of Regents voted Wednesday to create the 9-member transparency task force. Its members will be appointed next month, but the panel will be chaired by a regent and include lawmakers, university representatives and others.

The goal is to ensure the universities and special schools have uniform policies for complying with Iowa's public records and meetings laws. The panel will craft recommendations to "create the maximum transparency" possible.

Board President Craig Lang pitched the idea last month to improve the public trust in regents' schools. Some universities have faced criticism for refusing to release employee personnel files, which can be shielded under the law.

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