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UNI unveils academic program cuts and changes

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77 programs may soon see changes at the University of Northern Iowa.  Thursday afternoon, UNI President Ben Allen announced academic program closures and restructuring that will be submitted to the Iowa Board of Regents for approval.

The recommendation is for the closure of 23 undergraduate majors, 19 undergraduate minors, 16 graduate programs, and the restructuring of 19 programs. The programs listed represent less than 2% of the degrees granted in 2010-2011.

Click here to see a full list of programs.

On average, the programs listed for closure graduated fewer than two students per year over the last five years.

"We remain committed to our vision to become one of the nation's premier public universities; our core mission is to provide the best academic experience for our students.  It is not financially sound to fund academic programs with few graduates. We have a responsibility to parents, students and taxpayers to be good stewards of our financial resources," President Ben Allen said in a written statement.

UNI currently has a total of 288 undergraduate majors, undergraduate minors and graduate programs. 

UNI Provost Gloria Gibson says all students enrolled in targeted programs will be able to finish their studies.

A number of tenured faculty members will be affected by the program closures and restructuring. The university says it will follow the Master Agreement with UNI-United Faculty and human resource guidelines in dealing with affected employees. Tenured faculty will be offered an Early Separation Incentive Package, which was approved by the Board of Regents earlier this week. The university says the total number of positions affected or amount of budget impact will not be clear until full implementation plans are complete.

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Undergraduate Majors Recommended for Closure

These programs will be recommended to the Board of Regents, State of Iowa for closure. Pending approval, no new students will be admitted to these programs, but all current students will be able to complete their studies.

Health Education-Teaching B.A.

World Languages and Cultures - Dual B.A.

World Languages and Cultures - Dual Teaching B.A.

World Languages and Cultures - French B.A.

World Languages and Cultures - French Teaching B.A.

World Languages and Cultures - German B.A.

World Languages and Cultures - German Teaching B.A.

World Languages and Cultures - Russian B.A.

Biology: Microbiology Emphasis B.A.

Biology: Plant Bioscience Emphasis B.A.

Biotechnology B.A.

Bioinformatics B.S.

Geology B.S.

Earth Science-Interpretive Naturalist Emphasis B.A.

Geology B.A.

Applied Physics B.S.

Physics B.S.

Geography with Environmental Emphasis B.A.

Geography with Geographic Information Science Emphasis B.A.

Geography-Teaching B.A.

Geography-Urban and Regional Spatial Analysis Emphasis B.A.

Geography-Teaching Minor

Psychology-Teaching B.A.

Undergraduate Minors Recommended for Closure

These programs will be recommended to the Board of Regents, State of Iowa for closure. Pending approval, no new students will be admitted to these programs, but all current students will be able to complete their studies.

Special Education-Teaching Minor

Dance Minor

Youth Services Administration Minor

Comparative Literature Minor

French Studies Minor

French-Teaching Minor

German Minor

German-Teaching Minor

Portuguese Minor

Portuguese-Teaching Minor

Russian Minor

Russian-Teaching Minor

Natural History Interpretation Minor

Bioinformatics Minor

Astronomy Minor

Geology Minor

Meteorology Minor

Asian Studies Minor

Leadership Studies Minor

Undergraduate Programs Recommended for Suspension and Restructuring

These programs will be recommended to the Board of Regents, State of Iowa for suspension of admissions. Pending the Board's decision, no new students will be admitted to these programs, but all current students will be able to complete their studies. New students will be admitted following the conclusion of program restructuring.

Communication-Theatre-Teaching B.A.

Communication-Theatre-Teaching Minor

TESOL/Modern Language-Teaching B.A.

Geography B.A.

Geography Minor

Undergraduate Programs Recommended for Restructuring

These programs will continue, and are open to new students. All current students will complete these programs under their current catalog requirements. The programs will be restructured through the normal curriculum change process.

Educational Technology Minor

Early Childhood Special Education-Teaching Minor

Instructional Strategist I: Mild/Moderate 5-12 Emphasis Minor

Instructional Strategist II: Mental Disability K-12 Emphasis Minor

Art-Art History Emphasis B.A.

Philosophy B.A.

Study of Religion B.A.

 

Graduate Programs Recommended for Closure

These programs will be recommended to the Board of Regents, State of Iowa for closure. Pending approval, no new students will be admitted to these programs, but all current students will be able to complete their studies.

Curriculum and Instruction: Education of the Gifted M.A.E.

Middle Level Education: Content Specialization M.A.E.

French M.A.

German M.A.

Biology M.A.

Applied Chemistry and Biochemistry P.S.M.

Chemistry M.S.

Chemistry M.A.

Computer Science M.S.

Industrial Mathematics: Continuous Quality Improvement P.S.M.

Industrial Mathematics: Mathematical Computing and Modeling Option P.S.M.

Applied Physics P.S.M.

Criminology M.A.

Sociology M.A.

Environmental Health Emphasis M.S.

Environmental Science Emphasis M.S.

Graduate Programs Recommended for Suspension and Restructuring

These programs will be recommended to the Board of Regents, State of Iowa for suspension of admissions. Pending the Board's decision, no new students will be admitted to these programs, but all current students will be able to complete their studies. New students will be admitted following the conclusion of program restructuring.

Art Education M.A. (Suspend only)

TESOL/Modern Languages M.A.

Doctor of Industrial Technology D.I.T.

Technology M.S.

Women's and Gender Studies M.A.

Graduate Programs Recommended for Restructuring

These programs will continue, and are open to new students. All current students will complete these programs under their current catalog requirements. The programs will be restructured through the normal curriculum change process.

Geography M.A.

Humanities B.A.

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