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The Iowa Board of Regents approved the proposed program cuts at the University of Northern Iowa on Wednesday.
Despite heavy criticism from faculty and students, the Regents voted 9-0 to end 22 majors, 20 minors and 16 graduate programs. The Regents also suspended admissions to 8 other programs while they undergo restructuring.
German, French, geology and physics are among the programs cut. UNI officials have previously said they targeted programs with low graduation rates and believe the cuts will eliminate an $800,000 deficit next academic year.
UNI officials made a last minute change to the cut list- removing the Physics Bachelor of Science Program and replacing it with the Physics Bachelor of Arts Program to be cut.
The change was in response to numerous emails.
Wednesday President Ben Allen told the Regents since 2009 UNI has seen a significant decrease in state support, out some $12 million.
Wednesday's vote also comes despite a professors' resolution Monday to table the Regents vote on program closures.
"I think the process was carefully done with academic deans involved in those colleges. I'm just not sure we'd add more value at this point in time to extend the discussion," Allen said.
More than 400 students were enrolled in the affected programs last fall.
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