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Plan would add 87 courses, drop 32 at UNI

Diane Heldt, CR Gazette –

UPDATE: University of Northern Iowa officials plan to add 87 new courses and drop 32 courses in the 2012-14 academic catalog, a move approved by the state Board of Regents Wednesday.

UNI officials plan a net gain of 55 new courses for the next course catalog. Most of the new courses come in the areas of natural sciences; humanities, arts and sciences; and education.

UNI Provost Gloria Gibson said many of the courses being added have already been taught in the past two years as experimental courses, and some of the additions are simply name changes. She also said there is no added financial impact to the new courses, as no new faculty will be hired for them.

Regarding the 32 courses slated to be dropped, Gibson said students will not be disadvantaged by those changes. More courses will be dropped in the coming years, Gibson said, as a result of the nearly 60 academic program closures at UNI approved by the regents in March. But some of those related courses remain in the catalog for now as students finish out those programs, she said.

and#x201c;Over the next couple of years, Iand#x2019;m certain you will see additional courses that will be pulled from the catalog,and#x201d; she said. and#x201c;There will be additional courses that will be dropped, but the net effect will be greater efficiency.and#x201d;

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