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Academic Affairs Updates

Into the Future: UNI's Strategic Plan

Transitioning from last year's Academic Master Plan (AMP), in May a 30-member committee began the process for creating the 2017-22 University Strategic Plan. The Committee gathered significant input from faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors, and community leaders, and over the summer developed an initial draft of the Plan. Read More

Transitioning from the Academic Master Plan

The 2015-16 year's final issue of Academic Affairs Update described the Academic Master Plan's (AMP) February and March 2016 Brown Bag events, specifically how the AMP vision and mission statement drafts had been divided into four sections: “The University of Northern Iowa (Who We Are),” “Vision (Who We Aspire to Become),” “Mission (How We Will Get There),” and “Core Principles.” Read More


Any “What,” Every “Who:” 2016 Fall Faculty Workshop

In late August, almost 175 UNI faculty built skills to strengthen hospitable learning atmospheres during the 2016 Fall Faculty Workshop on “Culturally Inclusive Classrooms in All Our Disciplines, for All Our Students.” UNI's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning facilitated the event. Read More

Developing Leaders in 2015-16

Throughout the 2015-16 year, the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs partnered with Faculty Senate Chair Steve O'Kane and Faculty Chair Scott Peters, to offer a Leadership Development Series. Read More


Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the 2016-17 academic year!

I am honored to serve the faculty, students, and staff this year through the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. An exciting campus foundation has been built for the coming year, and I consistently hear “momentum” as the theme. My aim is to facilitate forward motion, towards the goals we collectively set during last year's Academic Master Plan discussions. Read More


Academic Master Plan Continues Development

In December 2015, Provost and Executive Vice President Jim Wohlpart announced to the UNI community the creation of Academic Master Plan (AMP) vision and mission drafts—results from the fall semester’s cross-campus discussion, open forums, and online surveys.

Recognizing the UNI 7

An event organized by a Diversity Advisory subcommittee recently commemorated the 1970 activism of seven UNI students, whose work initiated what today is the Center for Multicultural Education.

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Diversity Matters at UNI
By Dr. Stephanie Logan, Assistant Professor (Curriculum and Instruction)

In early January, students, faculty, staff, and administrative representatives from the Diversity Advisory Committee (DAC) and the Diversity and Inclusion Council began collaboration on a Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan for UNI.

A New Type of PIEER Group
By Julie Grunklee, M.A. Candidate (Community Health Education)

Last year saw the launch of the Panther Initiative for Environmental Equity and Resilience (PIEER). PIEER is a partnership among UNI students, faculty dedicated to sustainability issues, and the Recycling Reuse Technology Transfer Center (RRTTC).

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