Northern Iowa Faculty Denounce President

A driver drives through the gateway of the University of Northern Iowa on Thursday, June 23, 2011, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. (SourceMedia Group News/Jim Slosiarek)

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By Aaron Hepker

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — University of Northern Iowa professors have issued a rare vote of no-confidence in the school president to protest cuts to academic programs they say he's making without their input.

During a special meeting of the faculty Friday, professors voted 197-53-4 for a resolution saying they lack confidence in President Ben Allen's academic leadership. The rebuke is purely symbolic, but comes amid a fast-moving series of cuts that Allen says are necessary for the university's future.

Allen has pushed to close a laboratory school operated by UNI's College of Education and a campus natural history museum. And he's expected to announce the elimination of academic programs with low graduation rates next week. Programs such as physics, philosophy and religion could be on the chopping block.

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