UNI Program Cuts Go To Regents Next Week

By Diane Heldt, Reporter

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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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - Academic program cuts at the University of Northern Iowa will go to the state Board of Regents for approval next week.

UNI President Ben Allen and Provost Gloria Gibson last week announced plans to cut or restructure 77 academic programs: 23 undergraduate majors and 19 undergraduate minors to be cut, 16 graduate programs to be cut and 19 programs to be restructured. Officials said the programs awarded less than 2 percent of UNI’s degrees last year and graduated, on average, fewer than two students per year over the last five years.

The regents meeting information released today includes no other details, other than a statement that proposals to terminate undergraduate and graduate programs at UNI will be submitted by separate item. The regents meet Wednesday in Iowa City. Board office staff said the full information on that agenda item should be available by the end of this week.

The board also will consider extending the application window for UNI faculty who are eligible for a buy-out incentive. The board approved the incentive this month and the original cutoff for applications was April 23. UNI officials seek to extend that window to April 30. Faculty who opt to take part would get one-year salary, sick leave up to $2,000 and the cash value of 18 months of COBRA health insurance coverage.

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