Budget Cuts At U Of Northern Iowa Met With Mixed Reactions

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Broad cuts to academics at the University of Northern Iowa received mixed reviews before a Senate oversight committee Tuesday.

Sen. Sandy Greiner, R-Keota, said her constituents have praised UNI President Ben Allen for having “the intestinal fortitude to grab the bull by the horns and do what needs to be done.”

UNI officials over the past month have announced the closing of a lab school and the elimination of one-fifth of the university’s academic programs, all of which had low graduation numbers. The moves were necessary because of a $5 million budget gap caused by a reduction in state funds, officials said.

Faculty union leaders, however, criticized UNI for increased administrative costs in recent years and spending more on athletics compared to universities that share areas of academic focus like teacher education.

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