CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --- The American Association of University Professors said Thursday the organization will investigate reports that University of Northern Iowa administrators violated governance, academic freedom and tenure procedures when formulating the recent proposed budget cuts or expected release of faculty.

Gregory Scholtz, the associate secretary and director of the AAUP's department of academic freedom, tenure and governance, said it is their hope "to prevent worse things from occurring."

"We are moving more rapidly than we sometimes do in the hope of maybe causing the administration to change its mind," Scholtz said.

Jim O'Connor, a spokesperson for the university, said Friday that the letter was received and they will respond to the AAUP in the coming days.

The investigative team likely will be on campus before the end of June, when the affected faculty positions are expected to be eliminated. The committee will then file a report on their findings. The committee could then, depending on what they find, recommend the AAUP delegates vote to impose formal censure on the university during its June 2013 meeting.

Nancy Reincke, president of the AAUP Iowa conference and an associate English professor at Drake University in Des Moines, said the label may not mean much to the general public, but it is a "black mark" in higher education.

"People who might be considering taking a job at such a university are going to have real serious doubts about it ... and people who are already hired might already be looking elsewhere, too," Reincke said. "It puts into jeopardy the quality of faculty."

At least two Iowa institutions have been or are currently on the AAUP's censure list. Des Moines University was first placed on the list in 1977. According to an explanation on the AAUP website, penned by Robert Yoho, DMU's vice president for academic affairs, the administration made a commitment in 2004 to work with the AAUP leadership on the removal.

"By that time, the university had appeared on the list for nearly 30 years, and few, if any, faculty members or administrators remained from the time of the 1977 decision," Yoho wrote.

For two years the administration worked to adopt new procedures which allowed the university to be removed from the list in 2006. Yoho was not available for comment Thursday.

The University of Dubuque has been on the list since 2002.

Frank Thompson, a UNI finance professor and past United Faculty president, said it is rare for a "mainline university" to get to the point of violating those principles and standards.

"When a school does go on the list it marks the institution as a place that is not comparable to other well-known and valued institutions," Thompson said. "Well certainly, if UNI wants to be considered a Regents school or to be comparable to its peer institutions like an Illinois State or Indiana State or Creighton, certainly it would want to be off that list."

Requests for comment from the Board of Regents office were not returned Thursday.

Cathy DeSoto, the United Faculty president and a psychology professor, said the university is already in jeopardy of losing its relevance with peer institutions. The most recent round of academic cuts --- if approved Wednesday by the Iowa Board of Regents --- will erase the university's French, German, geology, earth science and some physics programs among many others.

"The programs that are being eliminated are programs that all of our peer institutions have, that all universities have, that are not servicing two or three students, but have 20, 30, 40 majors currently in them," she said.

She said censure is very rare.

"In 2010 only two universities in the whole country were censured," she said. "This is not something that is done lightly. It is a serious investigation."

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pantherfan24
pantherfan24

Cathy DeSoto, the United Faculty president and a psychology professor, said the university is already in jeopardy of losing its relevance with peer institutions. The most recent round of academic cuts --- if approved Wednesday by the Iowa Board of Regents --- will erase the university's French, German, geology, earth science and some physics programs among many others.

"The programs that are being eliminated are programs that all of our peer institutions have, that all universities have, that are not servicing two or three students, but have 20, 30, 40 majors currently in them," she said.


...Isn't that why these programs are being cut, because we don't have the 20-40 students majoring in them to make them more self-sustaining?

Twoputt
Twoputt

What the heck is "Academic greedom"?
Dr. Allen is doing what he thinks is best for UNI. Good for him.

cf1981
cf1981

another black mark for benjamin allen's tenure as king of uni.

class of 993
class of 993

This is the epitome of self serving righteousness. Thsi group says itself that the censure label really doesnt mean anything but it will cause some of the professors already their to rethink it and those looking to come here to think about it. So this is basically a union pitty party that says that becuase they made fiscally wise decisions and cut underserving programs for the good of the university you shouldnt work here. The only group this has an effect on is the students and the potential quality of their education. THis group needs to grow a pair and people academia need to learn to be self promoting and not let some group of elitista do it for them. I am sorry but this downright @(*#$&$(@* me off. SO because the university made some tough decisions you are going to put their name on a black list among employees and potentially hurt the quality of education and deminish the value of tuition solely to serve yourselfs and your academia friends....THis is the exact sort of thing that gives education and teachers a bad name. I know it isnt the teachers it is groups like this that do nothing other than hurt the system.

avee
avee

I think if I were President Allen I would quit and get a job in the private sector where my hard work and skills would be appreciated. Let the university wallow in the management process they want.

unipanther
unipanther

Its just Censure - there are no legal implications. Just dismiss it, laugh at them, and move on.

Mariah808
Mariah808

Allen is being censured because he has acted alone, without any sort of formal process and without consulting the faculty, which violates governance, academic freedom and tenure procedures.

Further, by not following the proper procedures, he has put the school in jeopardy, not to mention the reputation and viability of our entire community. The very fact that this discussion continues and is so divisive is proof of that.

Individuals, such as Allen, who run publicly funded institutions should be scrutinized by the people the institutions serve. Case in point, it was recently discovered that no cuts were being made to the music program, even though that program graduated fewer students than almost any other program on the chopping block. Here are the numbers:

Undergraduate Music Programs
B.M. Composition - Theory Avg, Rate: 0.6 students per year
B.M. Performance: 4.4 students per year
Minor Jazz Studies : 2.6 students per year
Graduate Music Programs
M.M. Composition: 0.6 students per year
M.M. Conducting: 1.6 students per year
M.M. Jazz Pedagogy: 1 student per year
M.M. Music History: 0.2 students per year
M.M. Piano Performance and Pedagogy: 0 students per year
M.A. Music: 2.2 students per year

pantherfan24
pantherfan24

[quote]avee said: "I think if I were President Allen I would quit and get a job in the private sector where my hard work and skills would be appreciated. Let the university wallow in the management process they want."[/quote]

I hope this does not happen, but I would not blame him if this was the case. President Allen is a very smart guy, and I think he clearly understood all of the potential downside going into things with this decision. A very wise decision that SOMEONE needed to make, and he had the courage to do so. I am sure he will deal with the reality of this as long as he can, but at some point he will want to enjoy his family and retirement in general...knowing he did what needed to be done @ UNI.

reflection
reflection

Three things. First off - the degree programs are being cut after the students in them finish, usually not the faculty or even the departments. So don't let fearmongering on the part of the faculty union paint a darker picture.

Second -AAUP is a national labor group for faculty - lets see - and their credibility is...

Finally look on the AAUP site at the guidelines they think universities should follow. They were written in the late thirties and put in place in 1940. Seems like a few things have changed since then.

reflection
reflection

Hey Mariah,

Are you suggesting the University should cut more programs?

Mariah808
Mariah808

[quote]pantherfan24 said: "I hope this does not happen, but I would not blame him if this was the case. President Allen is a very smart guy, and I think he clearly understood all of the potential downside going into things with this decision. A very wise decision that SOMEONE needed to make, and he had the courage to do so. I am sure he will deal with the reality of this as long as he can, but at some point he will want to enjoy his family and retirement in general...knowing he did what needed to be done @ UNI."[/quote]

Explain to me WHY this is a good decision. You just saying it was doesn't convince me.

Allen could have also made a very courageous decision and cut more of the ancillary programs that run in the red, such as some of the smaller athletics programs. He cuts $500,000 off a program when the UNI basketball coach alone makes $450,000 a year? Faculty members are lucky to make $50,000.

He could have cut some of his bloated administration, which far exceeds the ratio of faculty to students.

Most important, he could have held forums with students and faculty and worked out some sort of a plan that allowed them to have buy-in and actually support it. He could have figured out better ways to cut spending and asked for more funding in return so that UNI students don't go deeper and deeper into debt.

There was and still is plenty of time to unify the community because the state of Iowa is not in a budget crisis. He chose NOT to do that. He chose to move ahead entirely on his own.

And so, he does NOT have the support of his faculty, many of the students, many in our community and the larger higher education community at large.

Explain to me the wisdom in that.

avee
avee

All institutions of the size of UNI need to periodical analyze what they are doing, what’s working and what’s not. Every program being cut will have people that are opposed to the cut but a simple cost / benefit analysis would show they need to go. If Allen would have followed the procedures that the faculty would like I doubt if they would have reached any type of consensus in 3 years. Let UNI spend it's scarce resources doing the things they need to do to prepare our youth for adulthood so they can become productive and make a worthwhile contribution to society. I’m sure that’s what President Allen is trying to do. BTW, I looked for a mission statement for UNI and couldn’t find one.


NEIAGuy
NEIAGuy

Mariah808 -

So, based on your logic when one of my profs announced via an email that he was leaving the country to speak at an event and would be gone for 2 weeks and all of our work for those weeks needed to be done early, he should have held a forum with us students? But he didn't and put us all in a major bind to complete the work in about 3 days.

Or, the prof who decided to change our final exam to material we never covered and was not in our text? He should have met with us and let us have some buy in to the issue...but when we asked to discuss this he told us we didn't have a say in how he runs his class.

The best part of these two examples? Both profs made well over $130k and one was teaching an education course and HAD NEVER GONE PAST STUDENT TEACHING...yet was qualified to teach us teachers...

Your statement that faculty barely make $50,000 is a joke. One can look up salaries and see that the majority are making well above that. I personally know one that has been at UNI for less than 5 years and is already making $90+...and this is their FIRST job at the collegiate level.

Who are you referring to in your statement of "bloated administration"? How many administrators do you want at a university? How many do you think a university needs to run smoothly? And how do you arbitrarily choose that number?

Just curious if you have facts to back up your comments or if they are coming from your emotions...

class of 993
class of 993

Mariah...if you would do a little research you would know that a very large portion of Jacobson and Farleys pay is covered by private funds. As soon as you find a rpofessot that runs a program that generates millions in donations, bets national attention for UNI and puts 13,000 people on campus than youcan talk about the sports programs, but I dont see any big Russian conventions coming to town. This is a self serving move by the staff that truly shows they only care about themselves and not the students.

nanglgrl
nanglgrl

My son is in his first year at UNI and he told me that after these cuts his old high school will offer more foreign language than UNI. That is just plain sad.
He is switching to Iowa after this semester and a lot of the people he knows are transferring out too, this is not just about faculty the students are just as upset.
Two of the classes that he is taking this year will no longer be offered if the BOR agrees with Allen. These classes effect more students than just the ones that are majoring in them. One of the classes is French. He does not plan on majoring in it but from a business perspective it is great to know the language.
Thank you Mariah808 for presenting facts, I would post some more but I doubt it would sway this group or even get them to do a little research before they comment.


nanglgrl
nanglgrl

[quote]pantherfan24 said: "Isn't that why these programs are being cut, because we don't have the 20-40 students majoring in them to make them more self-sustaining?"

Mariah808 already posted information about the low grad rates from the school of music so I will skip those and copy from the letter sent by the AAUP to UNI.

There appear to be some errors in the number of graduates for some programs and the counting method may be misleading. Many departments are providing alternative numbers --but just to illustrate from one department:

Departmental records verify that the number French majors who graduated (French Teaching, Languages and Culture: French, and Dual majors) was 7 in academic year 2010. There are currently 34 students majoring in German, and 40 in French.

(Anne Lair, Director of French Studies; Seigrun Bubser, Director of German studies)

Many faculty have noted that the programs with low numbers of majors service hundreds of students a year. For example, foreign languages and culture courses enroll over 600 students per semester.
There is concern these kinds of cuts may damage the university. For example, all of UNI's official peer institutions offer a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and in Earth Science/Geology. These various program cuts mean UNI will be markedly out of step from other universities in terms of its breadth and rigor.
The cuts may be targeting some very strong programs. With fewer than ten faculty members, the UNI Physics Department has secured approximately two million dollars in external funding over the past five years. These funds have been directed to providing learning experiences to students. Ninety-four percent of all physics departments in the U.S. graduate fewer than ten students per year on average. Nonetheless, these “small” departments grant more than 70 percent of all physics bachelor’s degrees.

nanglgrl
nanglgrl

[quote]Mariah808 said: "Explain to me WHY this is a good decision. You just saying it was doesn't convince me. Allen could have also made a very courageous decision and cut more of the ancillary programs that run in the red, such as some of the smaller athletics programs. He cuts $500,000 off a program when the UNI basketball coach alone makes $450,000 a year? Faculty members are lucky to make $50,000.He could have cut some of his bloated administration, which far exceeds the ratio of faculty to students.Most important, he could have held forums with students and faculty and worked out some sort of a plan that allowed them to have buy-in and actually support it. He could have figured out better ways to cut spending and asked for more funding in return so that UNI students don't go deeper and deeper into debt. There was and still is plenty of time to unify the community because the state of Iowa is not in a budget crisis. He chose NOT to do that. He chose to move ahead entirely on his own.And so, he does NOT have the support of his faculty, many of the students, many in our community and the larger higher education community at large. Explain to me the wisdom in that."[/quote]

You forgot to mention that the UNI Basketball coach's salary went from $289,306 [$105,307 fringe benefits] in the 2009-10 school year to $450,000 [$149,000 fringe benefits] in the 2010-11 academic year.

teach2learn
teach2learn

[quote]class of 993 said: "Mariah...if you would do a little research you would know that a very large portion of Jacobson and Farleys pay is covered by private funds. As soon as you find a rpofessot that runs a program that generates millions in donations, bets national attention for UNI and puts 13,000 people on campus than youcan talk about the sports programs, but I dont see any big Russian conventions coming to town. This is a self serving move by the staff that truly shows they only care about themselves and not the students."[/quote]

A few points because occasionally I just can not take the inanity anymore:

Yes the coaches salaries are augmented with private (donor/booster) funds. However, during Ben Allen's tenure, anyone wanting to donate funds to Price Lab/NU were denied. Yes, denied. The university would not accept the funds. Why? I have no idea, but I am sure there is a logical reason why private money can be used for athletic funding - including building the McLeod Center - but not for the lab school. Even raising money for a new building was not allowed. Yes, the idea was presented time and again to Ben Allen and denied.

Also, no matter how many times you say it, athletics do not raise money for the university. In fact, close to 5 million dollars is taken from the general fund to cover deficits in athletics each year. And that will never change. The lab school would be self sustaining in 2-3 years. There is no football program in UNI's conference that is self sustaining. None. It is not a big enough conference. They could win the conference every year, it will still not break even.

Answer this please, why do you all have faith that Ben Allen is making the right decisions and the faculty is wrong? Because he says so? Perhaps decisions needed to be made, although this is far from clear, but is he God? Since when are we not able to question leaders without being labeled selfish and self serving? Doesn't it bother you at all that the presidents and provosts pet programs were not cut even though they graduate less students than the proposed programs? See the post listing graduation rates for some music majors. Do they bring in 13,000 people?

One final point, when I was deciding where to go to school, I never once thought about how great their athletics programs were. I looked for the best program that I wanted to major in. I believe Iowa gets some students based on their sports teams, but UNI? Come on. Students choose UNI for the EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS.

nanglgrl
nanglgrl

[quote]NEIAGuy said: "Mariah808 - So, based on your logic when one of my profs announced via an email that he was leaving the country to speak at an event and would be gone for 2 weeks and all of our work for those weeks needed to be done early, he should have held a forum with us students? But he didn't and put us all in a major bind to complete the work in about 3 days.Or, the prof who decided to change our final exam to material we never covered and was not in our text? He should have met with us and let us have some buy in to the issue...but when we asked to discuss this he told us we didn't have a say in how he runs his class.The best part of these two examples? Both profs made well over $130k and one was teaching an education course and HAD NEVER GONE PAST STUDENT TEACHING...yet was qualified to teach us teachers...Your statement that faculty barely make $50,000 is a joke. One can look up salaries and see that the majority are making well above that. I personally know one that has been at UNI for less than 5 years and is already making $90+...and this is their FIRST job at the collegiate level.Who are you referring to in your statement of "bloated administration"? How many administrators do you want at a university? How many do you think a university needs to run smoothly? And how do you arbitrarily choose that number?Just curious if you have facts to back up your comments or if they are coming from your emotions..."[/quote]

The full-time faculty is declining in size and the number of administrators is increasing. The program cuts announced this year will result in a 5-6% reduction in the number of faculty members at UNI. Yet, over the last 5 years, the university added full-time administrators at a rate of 7% per year.

pantherfan24
pantherfan24

Mariah... I would defend my position, but it appears as though several others have beaten me to the punch. There is no perfect solution...but if we wait for forums and concensus, there will NEVER be any resolution. True leaders need to take action and make these difficult decisions at times. Just like Ben Allen.

kornpett
kornpett

[quote]class of 993 said: "Mariah...if you would do a little research you would know that a very large portion of Jacobson and Farleys pay is covered by private funds. As soon as you find a rpofessot that runs a program that generates millions in donations, bets national attention for UNI and puts 13,000 people on campus than youcan talk about the sports programs"[/quote]

In fact, Class of 993, it's you who should do "a little research." In 2011, the UNI men's basketball program ran a deficit of $793,641 and the football team ran a deficit of $1,739,817. The teams also do not drive enrollment: A mere two years after the most celebrated accomplishment in UNI athletic history (i.e., the men's basketball team making it to the sweet 16 in the ncaa tournament), enrollment at UNI is down.

It's silly and an accounting gimmick to claim that the coache's salaries are paid by private funds. In fact, the coaches are paid by UNI; you can check the budget to see that. Yes, donors have given money to UNI explicitly to pay coaches, but so what? If I suddenly inherited a quarter million dollars, flew out to Vegas, and lost all of it plus another million or so, the inheritance doesn't matter a whole lot, does it?

Captian Bruisin'
Captian Bruisin'

[quote]unipanther said: "Its just Censure - there are no legal implications. Just dismiss it, laugh at them, and move on. "[/quote]

This comment is spot on... Just more academic elitists flailing about aimlessly.

Captian Bruisin'
Captian Bruisin'

[quote]reflection said: "Three things. First off - the degree programs are being cut after the students in them finish, usually not the faculty or even the departments. So don't let fearmongering on the part of the faculty union paint a darker picture. Second -AAUP is a national labor group for faculty - lets see - and their credibility is...Finally look on the AAUP site at the guidelines they think universities should follow. They were written in the late thirties and put in place in 1940. Seems like a few things have changed since then. "[/quote]

Another outstanding comment.... Labor unions showing their true colors, serving themselves and their members at the expense of students and tax payers. These folks are partisan fools, and it's best to just laugh at them and move on.

nobodyspecial
nobodyspecial

And at the same time that all this is happening the university is recieveing the Presidential Honor Roll for community service and volunteerism?? Something must be going right at that university.

Mariah808
Mariah808

[quote]nobodyspecial said: "And at the same time that all this is happening the university is recieveing the Presidential Honor Roll for community service and volunteerism?? Something must be going right at that university. "[/quote]

And the rest of our state? How do they feel about Ben Allen's sage wisdom? Here's one example:

"Iowa View: Foolish to cut academics to cover deficit in athletics"
www.DesMoinesRegister.com

downtownbizguy
downtownbizguy

UNI is a unique public institution with a 90%+ in-state enrollment. Over recent years, the budget has been reduced by $20+ million with more reductions being sought. This from a state with a $380+ million surplus. Why? Yes, efficiencies should be made and programs updated regularly to meet market demands. UNI is not UI or ISU. It serves a special niche for Iowans seeking smaller classroom size who want inspiration from a professor (not a graduate assistant or teacher assistant) who can only afford in-state tuition. The State of Iowa use to value education to a point that they subsidize those seeking that extra attention in order to get a degree knowing the payoff would be the future. The return on investment from this infrastructure was educating more productive and economically more successful Iowans that would contribute more to the tax base of the future. Neglecting such infrastructure can only lead to future economic doom.

timbrackett
timbrackett

[quote]Captian Bruisin' said: "This comment is spot on... Just more academic elitists flailing about aimlessly. "[/quote]

Har har! Where's my club? I'm gonna go kill dinner then club my wife cause she didn't keep the cave clean enough for my liking. Living in the stone age is awesome.

NEIAGuy
NEIAGuy

[quote]nanglgrl said: "The full-time faculty is declining in size and the number of administrators is increasing. The program cuts announced this year will result in a 5-6% reduction in the number of faculty members at UNI. Yet, over the last 5 years, the university added full-time administrators at a rate of 7% per year."[/quote]

What is your source for those figures? And what is the proportion of faculty change and administrative change? You can throw out percentages, but unless you know the exact numbers in proportion to the totals, those percentages are just meaningless numbers.

oldicehouse
oldicehouse

80% of teachers give 20% a bad name

Mariah808
Mariah808

[quote]NEIAGuy said: "Mariah808 - So, based on your logic when one of my profs announced via an email that he was leaving the country to speak at an event and would be gone for 2 weeks and all of our work for those weeks needed to be done early, he should have held a forum with us students? But he didn't and put us all in a major bind to complete the work in about 3 days.Or, the prof who decided to change our final exam to material we never covered and was not in our text? He should have met with us and let us have some buy in to the issue...but when we asked to discuss this he told us we didn't have a say in how he runs his class.The best part of these two examples? Both profs made well over $130k and one was teaching an education course and HAD NEVER GONE PAST STUDENT TEACHING...yet was qualified to teach us teachers...Your statement that faculty barely make $50,000 is a joke. One can look up salaries and see that the majority are making well above that. I personally know one that has been at UNI for less than 5 years and is already making $90+...and this is their FIRST job at the collegiate level.Who are you referring to in your statement of "bloated administration"? How many administrators do you want at a university? How many do you think a university needs to run smoothly? And how do you arbitrarily choose that number?Just curious if you have facts to back up your comments or if they are coming from your emotions..."[/quote]

Go to this link to see your administration facts. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ntxZbkJjsE2JsP6oZ-xRpuJ1JA0Damw9YGEAn9ObOTg/edit

teach2learn
teach2learn

[quote]avee said: "All institutions of the size of UNI need to periodical analyze what they are doing, what’s working and what’s not. Every program being cut will have people that are opposed to the cut but a simple cost / benefit analysis would show they need to go. If Allen would have followed the procedures that the faculty would like I doubt if they would have reached any type of consensus in 3 years. Let UNI spend it's scarce resources doing the things they need to do to prepare our youth for adulthood so they can become productive and make a worthwhile contribution to society. I’m sure that’s what President Allen is trying to do. BTW, I looked for a mission statement for UNI and couldn’t find one."[/quote]

I will help you out, here is the mission statement from UNI. Ask yourself if the proposed cuts sound like decisions that are in line with the UNI's stated mission.

1.02 UNI Mission Statement
720--l4.l(262) Organization.
14.1(1) Statement of university mission. The University of Northern Iowa at Cedar Falls is
recognized as having a mission of sufficient scope to enable it to be a distinguished arts and
sciences university with an outstanding teacher education program. It provides leadership in
the development of programs for the preservice and in-service preparation of teachers and other
educational personnel for schools, colleges, and universities. The institution offers
undergraduate and graduate programs and degrees in the liberal and practical arts and
sciences, including selected areas of technology. It offers preprofessional programs and
conducts research and extension programs to strengthen the educational, social, cultural, and
economic development of Iowa and the larger community. Evolution from a state college to a
university entailed a broadening of offerings, development of more specialized undergraduate
and graduate programs, and greater emphasis on research and public professional services.
It is imperative that the quality of the university's instruction be maintained and enhanced
though increasingly strong emphasis on:
(1) General or liberal education as the most essential ingredient for the undergraduate
student,
(2) the central importance and complementary relationship of teaching and research,
(3) enrichment of instruction through extensive clinical, laboratory and field experiences,
and independent study, and
(4) development of the life of the university community itself as an effective educational force.
In order to serve students of all ages and to be responsive to their needs and preferences and to
the needs of society, it is imperative that the university offer a variety of programs in such
areas as liberal arts, business, social work, and technology. It will offer no major programs in
agriculture, architecture, dentistry, engineering, forestry, hospital administration, law, pharmacy,
medicine, or veterinary medicine.
In the area of teacher preparation the university must remain at the forefront of developments in
the field of education and be prepared to offer instruction in new areas required by society.
Furthermore, UNI should be more than merely responsive to changing needs and interests of its
students and society. It must provide leadership in educational innovations, programs, and
research.

Captian Bruisin'
Captian Bruisin'

[quote]teach2learn said: "I will help you out, here is the mission statement from UNI. Ask yourself if the proposed cuts sound like decisions that are in line with the UNI's stated mission.1.02 UNI Mission Statement720--l4.l(262) Organization.14.1(1) Statement of university mission. The University of Northern Iowa at Cedar Falls is recognized as having a mission of sufficient scope to enable it to be a distinguished arts andsciences university with an outstanding teacher education program. It provides leadership in the development of programs for the preservice and in-service preparation of teachers and other educational personnel for schools, colleges, and universities. The institution offersundergraduate and graduate programs and degrees in the liberal and practical arts andsciences, including selected areas of technology. It offers preprofessional programs and conducts research and extension programs to strengthen the educational, social, cultural, and economic development of Iowa and the larger community. Evolution from a state college to a university entailed a broadening of offerings, development of more specialized undergraduate and graduate programs, and greater emphasis on research and public professional services. It is imperative that the quality of the university's instruction be maintained and enhancedthough increasingly strong emphasis on:(1) General or liberal education as the most essential ingredient for the undergraduatestudent,(2) the central importance and complementary relationship of teaching and research,(3) enrichment of instruction through extensive clinical, laboratory and field experiences,and independent study, and(4) development of the life of the university community itself as an effective educational force.In order to serve students of all ages and to be responsive to their needs and preferences and to the needs of society, it is imperative that the university offer a variety of programs in suchareas as liberal arts, business, social work, and technology. It will offer no major programs in agriculture, architecture, dentistry, engineering, forestry, hospital administration, law, pharmacy, medicine, or veterinary medicine. In the area of teacher preparation the university must remain at the forefront of developments in the field of education and be prepared to offer instruction in new areas required by society. Furthermore, UNI should be more than merely responsive to changing needs and interests of its students and society. It must provide leadership in educational innovations, programs, and research. "[/quote]

If any institution has a mission statement that long, and that devoid of relevance... It's really no wonder they are failing so badly. Further you can tell the mission was written by those who have ZERO care, consideration or concern for sustainability. You see folks, these brilliant mindful people are so wonderful that fiscal concerns must not enter the equation. Honestly, the whole academia elite have become the latest socialist failure on display for us to learn from.

Classic!

Captian Bruisin'
Captian Bruisin'

[quote]timbrackett said: "Har har! Where's my club? I'm gonna go kill dinner then club my wife cause she didn't keep the cave clean enough for my liking. Living in the stone age is awesome."[/quote]

Yet one more perfect example... Do not question the liberal and academic elite! If you do, you live in a cave and beat your wife. Just pay their bills and take care of their every need.

You have to love the elitist, tolerant and inclusive left showing they really are.

avee
avee

After reading (or trying to read) the mission statement it's no womder I couldn't find it. I was looking for a 3 or 4 line statement of mission on the main page of UNIs web site. I wouldn't put this thing out to the public either. Apparently this was done with a lot of faculty input and final approval. I wonder if they had any faculty involved that teaches strategic planning??

Nadienne
Nadienne

[quote]Captian Bruisin' said: "If any institution has a mission statement that long, and that devoid of relevance... It's really no wonder they are failing so badly. Further you can tell the mission was written by those who have ZERO care, consideration or concern for sustainability. You see folks, these brilliant mindful people are so wonderful that fiscal concerns must not enter the equation. Honestly, the whole academia elite have become the latest socialist failure on display for us to learn from.Classic!"[/quote]

Wow, you're a fool. What would YOU learn from this whole "socialist failure"? "Gosh darnit, them factory workers--I mean faculty--better be producin' good workers on a budgit ('cause that's all education's good fer) or else it's their own fault!"

panther13
panther13

just because you can't read or more then likely comprehend the mission statement does not mean it is bad or useless. Simply put it outlines what the university will specialize in when it comes to academics and that it is dedicated to serving the students and community as a whole. I really can't make it any clearer.

Captian Bruisin'
Captian Bruisin'

[quote]Nadienne said: "Wow, you're a fool. What would YOU learn from this whole "socialist failure"? "Gosh darnit, them factory workers--I mean faculty--better be producin' good workers on a budgit ('cause that's all education's good fer) or else it's their own fault!""[/quote]

Elitist alert!!! Let's go down the checklist:

Name calling... Check
Type broken English in a display of superiority... Check
Compare your profession to a factory worker... Check
Disparage factory worker... Check
Assume no responsibility for your failure... Check

The superfecta of elitism!

dfrank5775
dfrank5775

[quote]Captian Bruisin' said: "Elitist alert!!! Let's go down the checklist:Name calling... CheckType broken English in a display of superiority... CheckCompare your profession to a factory worker... CheckDisparage factory worker... CheckAssume no responsibility for your failure... CheckThe superfecta of elitism!"[/quote]
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They let you use a computer while commited to MHI?

panther13
panther13

[quote]Captian Bruisin' said: "Elitist alert!!! Let's go down the checklist:Name calling... CheckType broken English in a display of superiority... CheckCompare your profession to a factory worker... CheckDisparage factory worker... CheckAssume no responsibility for your failure... CheckThe superfecta of elitism!"[/quote]

WHOOSH!!!! It's going going gone!!

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