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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --- A new Iowa Board of Regents report shows that the number of faculty resignations at the University of Northern Iowa increased more than 277 percent between 2011 and 2012.

The 34 resignations includes 15 contract instructors at the now-shuttered Malcolm Price Laboratory School, who Jim O’Connor, a spokesperson for the university, said “voluntarily resigned and were given severance packages.” Three others were tenured faculty at MPLS who took the early retirement option.

The rest of the 34 employees were the “standard in and out” that happens on a regular basis,” O’Connor said. The average number of faculty resignations at UNI has been 18.5 according to the report. Only nine had resigned in 2011.

Faculty resignations at the University of Iowa and Iowa State University decreased 17.5 percent and 21 percent, respectively, during the same time period.

The Regents’ Education and Student Affairs Committee will receive the report when the board meets Wednesday in Ames.

The full board is also expected to consider approving appointments to the newly created Transparency Task Force.

Voting members would include: Regent Nicole Carroll, Kathleen Richardson from the Governor’s Iowa Public Information Board, Patrice Sayre from the board office, Sen. Jeff Danielson, Rep. Peter Cownie, Mark Braun from the University of Iowa, Miles Lackey from ISU, John Johnson from UNI and a member of the public that will be announced at the meeting.

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