The University of Northern Iowa (UNI) is a university located in Cedar Falls, Iowa, United States. UNI offers more than 90 majors across the colleges of Business Administration, Education, Humanities, Arts, and Sciences, and Social and Behavioral sciences, and graduate college.
|University of Northern Iowa|
Motto in English
|Endowment||$107.6 million (2016)|
|Location||Cedar Falls, Iowa, U.S.|
|Campus||Urban, 900 acres (3.6 km2)|
Purple and Gold|
|Athletics||NCAA Division I – MVC|
|Sports||15 varsity teams|
|Mascot||TC Panther (the male panther) & TK Panther (the female panther)|
The University of Northern Iowa was founded as a result of two influential forces of the nineteenth century. First, Iowa wanted to care for orphans of its Civil War veterans, and secondly, Iowa needed a public teacher training institution. In 1876, when Iowa no longer needed an orphan home, legislators Edward G. Miller and H. C. Hemenway started the Iowa State Normal School.
The school's first building opened in 1869 and was known as Central Hall. The building contained classrooms, common areas, and a living facility for most of the students. It was also a home to the college's first principal, James Cleland Gilchrist. The building was the heart and soul of the school, allowing students to study courses of two-year, three-year, and four-year degrees. In 1965, a fire destroyed Central Hall, and school faculty and Cedar Falls citizens donated over $5,000 to start building Gilchrist Hall.
The school has been known under the following names:
University of Northern Iowa Colleges include:
The class entering in Fall 2016 had more than 2,000 students enroll. The mean ACT composite for admitted freshmen was 22.91. 2016 marked the most diverse class in UNI's history with 11.2 percent minority students. Minority students now account for just under 10 percent of UNI's student body.
UNI has implemented a Liberal Arts Core (LAC) in order to provide a common liberal-arts foundation for all undergraduate students.
|Category 1||Core Competencies|
|Category 2||Civilizations and Cultures|
|Category 3||Fine Arts, Literature, Philosophy and Religion|
|Category 4||Natural Science and Technology|
|Category 5||Social Science|
|Category 6||Capstone Experience|
UNI provides an opportunity for the students to study in 25+ countries and select from over 40 programs.
The Culture and Intensive English Program (CIEP) is an intensive program in English for non-native speakers. It is designed to prepare students for academic work at the undergraduate or graduate degree level. University of Northern Iowa students are also encouraged to participate in the Conversation Partner Program to help foreign students with their English ability and foster cross-cultural relationships while gaining mutual understanding.
The university is the publisher of The North American Review (called the NAR), a celebrated literary magazine that began originally in Boston in 1815. Its past editors have included James Russell Lowell, Charles Eliot Norton, and Henry Adams; while among its past contributors are Mark Twain, Henry James, Joseph Conrad, Walt Whitman, Kurt Vonnegut, Joyce Carol Oates, Guy Davenport and Margaret Atwood. In 1968, when the magazine was purchased by UNI, Robley Wilson was appointed editor, a position he continued in until his retirement in 2000. The current editors are Grant Tracey and Vince Gotera.
The University of Northern Iowa Teaching and Research Greenhouse is a greenhouse complex incorporating botanical gardens for research and education. It is located on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
The greenhouse contains plants from many ecotypes, including 250 tropical plants, an extensive collection of arid climate plants, and the 1,200-square-foot (110 m2) Aquatic Learning Center
A group of over thirty "researchers and academics around the globe" called for the UNI to cancel the fifth Midwest Summer Institute held June 18-19, 2018 because it promotes the discredited practice called Facilitated communication. The letter sent to the University stated that this "practice was thoroughly discredited over 25 years ago,” and that "overwhelming scientific evidence suggests that facilitated communication constitutes a serious violation of the individual, civil and human rights of people with disabilities, robbing them of the opportunity to communicate independently with available innovative technologies.". Proponents of the method have defended the conference.
The National Council Against Health Fraud released an article that was critical of the school's support of Facilitated Communication and summarized the American Speech–Language–Hearing Associations draft position on the pseudoscience describing it as "a discredited technique that should not be used. There is no scientific evidence of the validity of FC, and there is extensive scientific evidence—produced over several decades and across several countries—that messages produced using FC reflect the voice of the "facilitator" and not of the person with a disability. Furthermore, there is extensive evidence of harms related to the use of FC. Information obtained through the use of FC should not be considered as the voice of the person with a disability."
UNI will be reevaluating its sponsorship of the Midwest Summer Institute. The 2018 conference was held as scheduled, with more than 200 people attending, according to UNI spokesman Scott Ketelsen. In a statement issued on the second day of the conference, Ketelsen acknowledged that concerns about the practices presented at the event had been raised and said "We regularly evaluate UNI’s sponsorship of conferences and events to ensure that we are supporting high-quality programming consistent with the mission of the university." and "As part of this regular review, we will be convening a group of faculty experts from across campus to discuss the practices presented at this conference."
The school's mascot is the Panther. They participate in the NCAA's Division I (I-FCS for football) in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Missouri Valley Conference for most other sports, and the Big 12 Conference for wrestling. The major arena on campus is the UNI-Dome, currently the home of the football team. The Dome also serves as a venue for many local concerts, high school football playoffs, trade shows, and other events. In 2006, the University opened a new arena, the McLeod Center, to serve as the home for several athletic programs, including volleyball and men's and women's basketball.
UNI Athletics has enjoyed great success lately with the men's basketball team competing in the NCAA tournament three consecutive times in 2004, 2005, 2006, again in 2009 and 2010 and in 2015 and 2016. On March 20, 2010, the men's basketball team defeated the heavily favored, top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks to advance to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. It was the school's first appearance in the Sweet Sixteen. The Jayhawks were favored to win the NCAA championship. Their Cinderella potential ended with a loss to Michigan State in the Sweet Sixteen, 59-52. The win over Kansas earned them the 2010 ESPY Award for Best Upset.
The football team has been ranked in the I-AA (FCS) top 25 almost every year for the last two decades. The team appeared in the I-AA championship game in 2005, only to lose a close game to the Appalachian State Mountaineers. During 2007, the team was ranked #1 in the country by the TSN FCS poll for several weeks. The football team went undefeated in 2007 with an 11-0 record, a first for any school in the 23-year history of the Gateway conference. In 2001 and 2002 the volleyball team reached the NCAA Sweet 16 round, and in 2006 made it to the second round, and has competed in the tournament numerous times. The track team is also very successful (usually ranked in the top 25), as are the wrestling and volleyball teams.
The University of Northern Iowa wrestling team won the NCAA Division I national championship as ISTC in 1949 and NCAA Division II national championships in 1975 and 1978. They competed in the Western Wrestling Conference until 2012, when UNI became an associate member of the Mid-American Conference since the MVC is a non-wrestling conference. In 2017, UNI wrestling joined the Big 12 Conference. In 1977 the women's softball team won the AIAW national championship.
There are many traditions at UNI.
|No.||President||Start of term||End of term|
|1||James Cleland Gilchrist||1876||1886|
|2||Homer Horatio Seerley||1886||1928|
|3||Orval Ray Latham||1928||1940|
|4||Malcolm Poyer Price||1940||1950|
|5||James William Maucker||1951||1970|
|6||John Joseph Kamerick||1970||1983|
|7||Constantine William Curris||1983||1995|
|8||Robert D. Koob||1995||2006|