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September 14, 2003
Contact: 

Aaron Podolefsky, provost and vice president for academic affairs, (319) 273-2517, aaron.podolefsky@uni.edu
Philip Patton, registrar, (319) 273-2283, philip.patton@uni.edu

UNI reaches enrollment goal, sets graduation record

The University of Northern Iowa today announced its fall 2003 enrollment figures. UNI's fall enrollment stands at 13,441 students, close to its target enrollment of 13,400 students. According to UNI President Robert Koob, this enrollment is part of a planned effort to maintain quality while addressing state budget cuts.

'Two years ago we began a concerted effort to reduce the size of the university,' said Koob. 'Our goal was to match enrollment to the available budget. In 2003, UNI graduated 3,016 students, our largest class ever. Coupled with that, our average time-to-graduation rate is under four-and-a-half years. This is a real success story.'

'U.S. News & World Report' recently ranked UNI No. 2 on its list of top public Midwest regional master's universities for the seventh year in a row. According to Koob, UNI is offering almost 200 more class sections than it did in 1998, which was one of the largest enrollment years prior to recent budget cuts; and average class size is down to 26.8 students.

UNI managed its enrollment through changes in three primary areas:

1. Graduation requirements -- UNI lowered the total number of credits necessary to graduate

2. Upper-division classes -- Changes were made to help ensure that juniors and seniors have access to the upper-division classes they need to graduate

Contact:

Aaron Podolefsky, provost and vice president for academic affairs, (319) 273-2517, aaron.podolefsky@uni.edu

James O'Connor, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

3. Suspension policy -- UNI tightened its suspension policy

Contact:

Philip Patton, registrar, (319) 273-2283, philip.patton@uni.edu

James O'Connor, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

Patton also can address the average time-to-graduation rate.