A sense of loss, fear and anxiety has saturated swaths of campus this week as the University of Northern Iowa braces itself for today’s anticipated announcement of the elimination or restructuring of about a quarter of its academic programs.
Cots and sleeping bags have been donated anonymously to students camped outside of administrative offices, while some faculty have lost sleep over the implications of cuts to programs with low graduation numbers.
David Grant, a language and literature professor, stopped by the sit-in this week to create a sign that reads, “This is what education looks like.”
He noted that unrest over cuts driven by declining state support is cropping up across the country. Protests have made headlines this week at the University of Illinois, the University of California, Texas A&M and public universities in Florida.