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Allen, Gibson, and faculty react to proposed cuts at UNI

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It was judgment day for a number of programs under review at the University of Northern Iowa. In the end 77 programs will be impacted.

During a news conference University of Northern Iowa President Ben Allen said these cuts will eventually benefit UNI.

"We believe that these decisions were making will make the existing programs stronger and more viable and will attract more students," said Allen.

UNI Vice President and Provost Gloria Gibson said the list of programs under review was shortened after talking to faculty on Monday.

"We listened very carefully to them and we more than just listened we acted on a number of their recommendations," said Gibson.

UNI United Faculty President Cathy DeSoto says their input came too late and these cuts will only hurt the university.

"It's going to harm the entire university, it's not going to help anything. This is a short sided decision made without reference to the external world, without reference to our strategic plan," said DeSoto.

DeSoto also says the classes slated to be cut might have only graduated a few students, but they're programs that are essential to UNI.

"This is typical, these are needed majors that universities offer despite of low enrollment," said DeSoto.

Allen says these types of cuts might become a growing trend for universities of similar sizes.

"I think this is not a unique to UNI, we maybe a few steps ahead of some others," said Allen.

The university also says impact on students will be limited. For instance, 18 of the programs closed had no graduates last year. Officials say of the more than 3500 new students who are admitted to UNI for next fall, only 50 have shown interest in affected programs.

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