September 20, 2014

Regents approve UNI course cuts

The board that governs the University of Northern Iowa unanimously voted to terminate 22 majors, 20 minors and 16 graduate programs now offered on the Cedar Falls campus.  (The full list is below.)

UNI president Ben Allen told the Board of Regents delaying the decision ’til their next meeting wasn’t the best option.

“There is a timing issue in terms of having students aware of what their programs will be in the fall,” Allen said. “There’s a timing issue in terms of the potential layoffs…the buy-outs that we offered and so there are some timing issues that would be compressed if we move that back to April.” 

With the decision, UNI students will no longer be able to major in German or geography and minors in dance and astronomy will be discontinued.  Allen said the cuts are necessary to cover a significant budget deficit.

“This is, by far, the most significant budget challenge that I’ve seen there in my six years,” Allen said. “We had a slight decrease in tuition revenues, unexpected. The number of students were about the same, but the split between full-time and part-time changed for some reason..Plus the decrease in state funding this year was a very difficult challenge and this is why we had to take some of these actions.”

Here is the list of course cuts at the University of Northern Iowa:

The following undergraduate programs are terminated:

 Bachelor of Science – Applied Physics
 Bachelor of Science – Physics
 Bachelor of Arts – Biology: Microbiology Emphasis
 Bachelor of Science – Bioinformatics
 Bachelor of Arts – Biology: Plant Bioscience Emphasis
 Bachelor of Arts – Biotechnology
 Bachelor of Arts – Earth Science: Interpretive Naturalist Emphasis
 Bachelor of Arts – Geography with Environmental Emphasis
 Bachelor of Arts – Geography with Geographic Information Science Emphasi
 Bachelor of Arts – Geography: Teaching
 Bachelor of Arts – Geography: Urban and Regional Spatial Analysis Emphasis
 Bachelor of Arts – Geology
 Bachelor of Science – Geology
 Bachelor of Arts – Health Education: Teaching
 Bachelor of Arts – Psychology: Teaching
 Bachelor of Arts – World Languages and Cultures: Dual
 Bachelor of Arts – World Languages and Cultures: Dual Teaching
 Bachelor of Arts – World Languages and Cultures: French
 Bachelor of Arts – World Languages and Cultures: French Teaching
 Bachelor of Arts – World Languages and Cultures: German
 Bachelor of Arts – World Languages and Cultures: German Teaching
 Bachelor of Arts – World Languages and Cultures: Russian

The following graduate programs are terminated:

 Master of Arts in Education – Curriculum and Instruction: Education of the Gifted
 Master of Arts in Education in Middle Level Education: Content Specialization
 Professional Science Master’s – Applied Chemistry and Biochemistry
 Master of Arts – Biology
 Master of Arts – Chemistry
 Master of Science – Chemistry
 Professional Science Master’s – Applied Physics
 Master of Science – Computer Science
 Master of Arts – Criminology
 Master of Science – Environmental Health Emphasis
 Master of Science – Environmental Science Emphasis
 Master of Arts – French
 Master of Arts – German
 Professional Science Master’s – Industrial Mathematics: Continuous Quality
Improvement
 Professional Science Master’s – Industrial Mathematics: Mathematical Computing
and Modeling Option
 Master of Arts – Sociology

Students will no longer be admitted to the following programs:

 Master of Arts – Art Education
 Bachelor of Arts – Communication-Theatre Teaching
 Doctor of Industrial Technology
 Master of Science – Technology
 Master of Arts – TESOL/Modern Languages
 Bachelor of Arts – TESOL/Modern Language Teaching
 Master of Arts – Women’s and Gender Studies
 Bachelor of Arts – Geography

Students will no longer be allowed to minor in these courses:

 Minor – Communication-Theatre Teaching
 Minor – Geography
 Minor – Special Education Teaching
 Minor – Asian Studies
 Minor – Astronomy
 Minor – Bioinformatics
 Minor – Comparative Literature
 Minor – Dance
 Minor – French Studies
 Minor – French Teaching
 Minor – Geography Teaching
 Minor – Geology
 Minor – German

 Minor – German Teaching
 Minor – Leadership Studies
 Minor – Meteorology
 Minor – Natural History Interpretation
 Minor – Portuguese
 Minor – Portuguese Teaching
 Minor – Youth Services Administration
 Minor – Russian
 Minor – Russian Teaching