UNI To Close Malcolm Price Lab School

By Diane Heldt & Chris Earl, Reporters

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa- University of Northern Iowa President Ben Allen on Wednesday said he will recommend to the state Board of Regents closing the Malcolm Price Lab School as part of university budget cuts.

Allen held a meeting Wednesday afternoon with the school’s faculty and staff. Media were not allowed into the meeting, but Allen met briefly with reporters afterward. Allen also had two evening meetings scheduled with Price Lab School parents to discuss the news.

Several school staffers were seen coming out of the meeting in tears.

UNI officials spent months looking at ways to cut the budget, as state appropriations make up less of the university’s funding and student tuition dollars make up more. UNI’s enrollment is 92% in-state students, who pay much less in tuition than do out-of-state students. This leaves UNI in a different situation regarding state budget cuts compared to Iowa State University and the University of Iowa.

More details about other university cuts, including to athletics and the UNI Museum, will be announced Thursday afternoon. Cuts to academic programs will not be announced then. UNI leaders are still holding meetings regarding that process with the Faculty Senate and with United Faculty, the union that represents UNI faculty

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