More Than 70 U. of Northern Iowa Programs Face Elimination or Overhaul

About 60 academic programs at the University of Northern Iowa are on the chopping block, and at least a dozen more face suspension or restructuring, the Des Moines Register reported on Wednesday. Among the programs being considered for elimination, all of which have produced an average of fewer than seven graduates over the past five years, are several degree programs in the languages, chemistry, computer science, and the earth sciences, according to an administrative document that the newspaper obtained. The university’s faculty members have been protesting their lack of involvement in the budget-cutting process and last week voted no confidence in the institution’s president and provost.

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