2017-18 Academic Catalog
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University Facilities and Educational Services

University Facilities

Rod Library

www.library.uni.edu

Located in the heart of campus, Rod Library offers resources, spaces, and programming to the UNI and local community. Rod Library supports the curricular, informational, and research needs of UNI's students, faculty, staff, and local community.

Mission

Rod Library empowers and inspires our community to discover, imagine, create, and innovate.

Vision

Rod Library aspires to be the best comprehensive university library in the country.

Rod Library is a four-story building that is centrally located on campus. Also housed in Rod Library is the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, the Office of Undergraduate Studies, and the School Library Studies program of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

The library provides a variety of services, unique collections, the Learning Commons and study spaces for individuals and collaborative groups.

Services

Information Desk (Research Help)

Over 1 million print books and journals

Access to over 63,000 electronic journals

Interlibrary Loan (for materials not held at Rod Library)

Course Reserves

Check out of phone chargers, dvds, eds, laptops and more Unique Collections

Fine and Performing Arts

Special Collections and University Archives

UNI Museum

UNI ScholarWorks

Youth

Learning Common

•Makerspace

•DigitalMediaHub

•BookBistro

•AudioandVideoRecordingStudios

•Equipment checkout

•3D printing

              •Collaborative workstations 

Spaces

Quiet Study Spaces

Active Study Spaces

Group/ Individual Study Rooms

Active Learning / Instructional Classrooms

Meeting Spaces with technology (ie Surface Hub)

ScholarSpace

Rod Library is open most days from 7 am - midnight during the Fall and Spring semesters with extended hours during finals. For interim, summer session and holiday hours visit: https://www.library.uni.edu/about-us/hours.

Noted are special services::

Research Help

https:/ /www.library.uni.edu/research-help/ask-us Interlibrary Loan (for materials not held at Rod Library) www.library.uni.edu/services /interlibrary-loan

Human Performance Center

Opened in late fall of 2007, the 33,000 square feet Human Performance Center represents a unique public/private partnership between UNI and Cedar Valley Medical Community. Designed to support the academic and public service programs of UNI's School of Kinesiology, Allied Health and Human Services, the center includes classrooms, offices, laboratories and medical office space. The Human Performance Center has two distinct areas: the Sport and Human Performance Center which provides space for UNI's Athletic Training academic program, Cedar Valley Medical Specialists P.C.-Department of Orthopedics, Advanced Diagnostic Imaging, Northeast Iowa Physical Therapy as well as space for sport medicine and hydrotherapy services; and the Davis Center for Healthy Youth Development provides space for Camp AdventureTM Child and Youth Services, Iowa Center on Health Disparities, Global Health Corps, the R.J. McElroy Professor of Youth Leadership Studies, Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, and the National Program for Playground Safety.

Maucker Union

The Maucker Union, located east of the UNI Library, serves as an informal meeting place for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests of the university. The unique facilities of Maucker Union are useful for a wide range of activities including cultural, recreational, and conference events.

General services include: meeting rooms, Veridian Credit Union branch, HealthBeat exercise facility, computer lab and dining/retail services. The building houses the offices of the campus newspaper (Northern Iowan), student government (NISG), student radio, the Center for Multicultural Education, student organization offices, LGBT* Center, Military and Veteran Student Center, and International Student Programs.

Student Life & Event Services is responsible for the programs which focus on co-curricular development of the student. Leadership development, skills development, support for student organizations/interest groups, Greek Life, programming and event scheduling are central to this office.

Social and cultural activities include movies, comedy, forums, and lectures. Maucker Union is financed through fee monies, general education funds, and income-producing services within the building.

More information about Maucker Union and special programs and events can be obtained at www.uni.edu/studentlife.

The Commons

Students, staff, and university guests use the Commons in a variety of ways. Housed within this building are the Georgian Lounge and the Slife Ballroom. The Georgian Lounge is used for teas, receptions, and other special occasions. The Slife Ballroom is a multi-purpose room used for banquets, dances, lectures, and student activities.

Marshall Center School

Built in 1893, the Marshall Center School is a symbol of UNI’s contribution to Iowa’s long record of excellence in education. This historic structure was moved from Pocahontas County in western Iowa to the campus in 1987 to celebrate the early history of the campus as a teachers college. It now serves as a museum telling the story of early Iowa education.

Marshall Center served as a school, community meeting place, township school board meeting room, and voting place from 1893 until 1944. It has been restored and furnished as it would have looked circa 1922 and is one of the most authentic one-room school museums in Iowa. Programs are presented at the school to campus classes, regional elementary school groups, and the general public. Storytelling, reenactments, and presentations help visitors step back in time to visualize a typical day at a rural school.

The school is located at the corner of West 23rd and Indiana Streets and is open by appointment by contacting 319-273-2188 or nathan.arndt@uni.edu.

For further information visit https://museum.library.uni.edu/exhibits/marshall-center-school-history.

Broadcasting Services

Administratively housed in the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences are UNI's two separately programmed public radio stations. KUNI-FM serves the Cedar Falls/Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, and Iowa City areas at 90.9 on the dial. KUNI can also be heard at 89.7 in Dubuque, 102.1 and 94.5 in the Quad Cities, 88.9 and 101.7 in Des Moines, and at 91.5 in Mason City and 1010 AM in north central Iowa. KUNI offers listeners news and information programming during the day and contemporary music at night. KHKE-FM, at 89.5 on the dial, serves the Cedar Falls/Waterloo metro area with an arts and classical music format. KHKE is also heard at 90.7 in Mason City and 91.1 in Ottumwa. KUNI and KHKE are part of Iowa Public Radio which includes the public radio stations of the University of Iowa and Iowa State University. UNI students majoring in Electronic Media in the Department of Communication Studies serve as interns for the two stations.

For further information, visit www.iowapublicradio.org.

University Events Coordination

University Events Coordination provides assistance in planning, budgeting, managing and evaluating conferences and seminars to enable the community to use UNI as a valuable resource.

This office has coordinated local events, small seminars, large conferences, simple operations and complex multiple speaker and site programs, and has resources and experience to help make each project a smooth, successful operation.

For information call 319-273-5141.

Office of University Relations

The Office of University Relations leads and oversees all official institutional marketing and communication channels, programs and activities used to reach internal and external audiences.

These specifically include activities related to logos and marks/visual identity, style, usage, public relations, crisis communication, media relations, university website, internal campus communication, campus distribution of mass e-mail, community relations activities, parent communication, printing, displays, paid media, photography, graphic design, marketing support, and contracting for related professional services.

University Relations develops standards, guidelines and procedures necessary for the effective management of university branding and communication efforts, and routinely communicates these to university units.

For more information, visit www.uni.edu/ur or call 319-273-2761.

The University of Northern Iowa Alumni Association

The UNI Alumni Association boasts of more than 113,000 living alumni.  More than 65% of our graduates live in Iowa, a testament to our standing as Iowa’s university. Our mission is to facilitate communications and outreach activities with alumni, students and friends of UNI.

It is never too early to get involved with your Alumni Association. There are dozens of opportunities to network, learn and lead. Learn more at www.unialum.org, email info@unialum.org, visit our office at 304 Commons or call 319-273-2355.

Association Scholarships

Each year the Alumni Association awards three scholarships to current UNI students who have shown involvement with campus organizations, events, and activities. Two scholarships are awarded to undergraduate students, including one to a child of an alumnus. The third scholarship is awarded to a UNI graduate student who received their bachelor’s degree from UNI.

The UNI Office of Student Financial Aid coordinates the award.

Connecting Alumni to Students (CATS)

CATS, an official student organization of the UNI Alumni Association, is dedicated to enhancing UNI as a great place to live and learn; to serve as official keepers of traditions; to represent UNI in a positive manner to on-and off-campus; and serve as a link between students, administration, and alumni. Learn more about this nationally recognized student group at http://uni.edu/cats/.

Official UNI Class Ring

The custom-crafted UNI Ring features the UNI Campanile and founding date of 1876 around the crown. The campanile was built in 1926 to commemorate UNI’s 50th anniversary. The four bells, which sound on the hour and quarter hour, are dedicated to the president of the university, the school children of Iowa, the faculty, and UNI students and alumni. The inside of the ring is inscribed with the word LUX, Latin for light. The word and map has been a part of the University seal since 1876.

The ring is available for purchase to those who have completed 60 credit hours at UNI. Learn more at www.unialum.org/ring-program.

Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (STAT)

STAT is truly fully integrated into the life of the campus and the community. STAT provides great social and professional networking opportunities, unique opportunities to support the university and athletic team, and offers exceptional discounts at local businesses. With over 2,000 members, STAT is the largest student organization at UNI.

Learn more at www.unialum.org/STAT.

UNI Outreach Events

The Alumni Association hosts a variety of events to connect alumni to the university.  Parents and students are welcome to attend any UNI Alumni Association event or program. Celebrate the Power of Purple! Find a complete schedule of events at www.unialum.org.

UNI Alumni Clubs

The Alumni Association has established clubs across the countries. These alumni-led organizations plan events throughout the year including networking events, game watches, community service activities, and a variety of other opportunities to connect with fellow panthers.

Learn more at www.unialum.org/alumni-clubs.

The University of Northern Iowa Foundation

The University of Northern Iowa Foundation (UNIF) is a non-profit organization established in 1959. The mission of the UNI Foundation is to grow and sustain private resources and build relationships to support the University of Northern Iowa, its students, faculty, staff and programs.

The UNI Foundation is designated as the central fundraising agency for the university. The UNI Foundation aligns its fundraising goals with the goals of the University's strategic plan. All fundraising campaigns are developed in consultation with UNI's president, provost, deans and directors with the concurrence of the Foundation's management team and UNIF Board of Trustees.

Private gifts from alumni and friends provide support for scholarships, capital projects and for academic and student service programs, and all gifts are used for the purposes which the donor intended. As a charitable organization, all gifts to the Foundation are tax deductible.

To learn how you can invest in a better future for UNI and our students contact:

UNI Foundation
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0282
319-273-6078 or 1-800-782-9522

Educational Services

Advising

UNI’s undergraduate advising is structured to provide advising for students in their majors. It is the responsibility of the student to track their progress toward degrees and meet requirements for graduation. All students are encouraged to visit with their advisor for assistance.

Advising - Mission Statement

Academic advising is a critical component of the teaching and learning environment at UNI. Advising is a personalized educational experience, empowering students to explore, articulate, and achieve their academic, career, and life goals.

Vision Statement

UNI aspires to create the best academic advising experience for each student.

Advising Goals

  1. Promote a culture of quality academic advising through advisor education, recognition, and reward, and advising program assessment.
  2. Assist students in understanding the nature and purpose of higher education.
  3. Ensure that all students have access to knowledgeable and respectful advisors.
  4. Provide accurate information about university requirements, policies, and procedures.
  5. Encourage, support, and guide students to take responsibility for meeting their own educational, personal, and career goals.

Office of Academic Advising

www.uni.edu/advising

The Office of Academic Advising serves as the academic center for first year students in select majors, deciding students who are exploring majors, students changing majors, and students reassessing their current academic situation.

The Office of Academic Advising places students at the center of our advising and believes students are capable of directing their own academic lives with sufficient advising information and support.  This requires that students be active participants in the academic advising process.

The Office of Academic Advising can help students:

  • find a major
  • link majors with careers
  • relate career goals to majors
  • select appropriate courses and other educational experiences
  • adjust semester course schedule
  • tailor academic programs to fit interests
  • enroll in a credit bearing course: POSTSEC 1050 (170:050) Career Decision Making
  • interpret institutional academic requirements
  • develop decision-making skills

The Office of Academic Advising is open to all students who wish to receive assistance in selecting majors, minors and certificate programs; identify and resolve academic difficulties. In order to set realistic academic goals, students advised by the Office of Academic Advising are able to participate in individual conferences, special programs and receive assistance with course selection. Questions related to new student advisement and undergraduate advising should be directed to:

Office of Academic Advising
102 Gilchrist
319-273-3406

Academic Learning Center

007-008 Innovative Teaching & Technology Center (ITTC)
www.uni.edu/unialc/

The Academic Learning Center (ALC) offers advising, tutoring and testing services to University of Northern Iowa (UNI) undergraduate and graduate students at all levels of preparation and achievement. Our mission is to inspire, challenge, and empower students to achieve academic success. Professional educators, advisors, staff, and trained, certified peers deliver quality services in an accessible, supportive environment to help students become more independent, effective, and confident learners.

Academic Achievement and Retention Services

007 ITTC
319-273-6023

Academic Achievement and Retention Services inspires students to achieve academic success and empowers them to develop personal/professional strengths. Services include:

  • Personalized advising and academic planning
  • Monitoring of academic progress
  • Career/graduate school exploration
  • Financial literacy education
  • POSTSEC 1055 Strategies for Academic Success, a 2-credit hour course
  • Collaboration with other campus offices/departments in delivering orientation and transition programs.

Examination Services

007 ITTC
319-273-6023

Examination Services offers credit by examination, certification examinations, and most major national college and professional school entrance exams. Services are provided to enrolled graduate and undergraduate students, non-UNI students, and non-students.

Examination Services offers these tests:

  • Praxis Series
  • CLEP (College Level Examination Program tests for college credit)
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
  • ACT (American College Testing Program)
  • CASTLE Worldwide (Certification Tests)
  • DSST

Examination for Graduate School Admissions:

To determine which examinations you are required to take; it is recommended that your meet with your current advisor and/or department head and the graduate student advisor for the programs to which you are applying.

  • GRE (Graduate Record Examination) exam
  • MAT (Miller Analogies Test)

Professional School Admission Tests:

  • LSAT (Law School Admission Test)

For additional information on registration, fees, practice tests, and testing dates, please see lsac.org/.

College Reading and Learning Center

008 ITTC
319-273-6023

The College Reading and Learning Center (CRLC) has trained and certified academic coaches who work with students to help them develop and apply effective college reading, learning, studying, and time management strategies with:

  • Individualized appointments
  • Workshops, courses, supportive seminars, and presentations
  • Preparation for the Praxis Core Reading and GRE Verbal (See distance.uni.edu/gre-prep/enroll for schedule and fee information.)
  • A-Team: academic coaches available for general study strategies coaching in any subject, Sundays 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Rod Library

The College Reading and Learning Center also offers faculty consultation and presentations for groups upon request and subject to staff availability.

Math and Science Services

008 ITTC
319-273-6023

The purpose of Math and Science Services is to provide academic resources to inspire, challenge, and empower UNI students to achieve success in their math and science courses. In addition, tutors are available to assist students with study skills, TI-83 calculator use, and test-taking strategies. Math and Science Services works in concert with UNI math, science, and business faculty and affiliates of the Academic Learning Center to provide the following resources: 

  • Math and science preparedness consultations
  • Supplemental Instruction for specific courses
  • Calculator Lending Program
  • Walk-in, one-on-one tutoring and study skills assistance Sunday through Friday during the fall and spring semesters. On Sundays tutoring is in the Rod Library via the Academic Learning Center Team (A-Team). Summer tutoring is available by appointment only.
  • Individualized tutoring by appointment. Call 319-273-6023 to schedule.
  • Praxis Core Math preparation
  • GRE Quantitative preparation course (See distance.uni.edu/gre-prep/enroll for schedule and fee information.)
  • Presentations and workshops specifically for math and science courses

Student Support Services (SSS)

007 ITTC
319-273-2179

Student Support Services is a federally-funded TRIO program that is designed to increase the retention and graduation rates of UNI students who meet federal eligibility requirements. Program staff serve as advocates for participants and, based on the individual needs of the student, provide the following free services:

  • Academic, career, financial, and personal advising
  • Instructional support, including tutoring and study groups
  • Assistance with long-range planning and goal-setting
  • Monitoring of academic progress
  • Group and individual programming on college transition and survival, study skills, and financial literacy
  • For-credit courses: POSTSEC 1050 (170:050) Career Decision Making and POSTSEC 1055 (170:055) Strategies for Academic Success
  • Cultural and educational activities
  • Financial assistance to qualified participants
  • Graduate school planning and enrollment assistance

Student Support Services serves 200 eligible participants each year.

Writing Center

008 ITTC
319-273-6023

The Writing Center provides individualized feedback by appointment in planning, writing, revising, and documenting papers for undergraduate and graduate students in all majors. Trained, certified writing coaches and students work together to

  • break writer’s block and get class assignments, personal statements, and other projects started
  • identify problems with focus, development, organization, clarity, and grammar
  • practice effective planning, revising, editing, and proofreading strategies
  • prepare for the Praxis Core Writing exam
  • prepare for the GRE Analytical Writing exam (See distance.uni.edu/gre-prep/enroll for course schedule and fee information.)

In addition, the Writing Center offers faculty consultation and workshops customized for specific courses and groups, subject to staff availability. A-Team writing coaches are available for walk-in assistance Sundays 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Rod Library.

Information Technology Services

Information Technology Services (ITS) is responsible for the strategic planning and delivery of information technology services to the University of Northern Iowa. Services include support for enterprise systems serving academic and business functions, communications systems, data and voice network services, systems administration, endpoint device support, help desk services, academic technology integration services, support for classrooms and learning spaces, online learning systems, business intelligence and reporting, identity management and authentication, multimedia services, and many others.

Instructional Resources and Technology Services

www.uni.edu/coe/about/centers-and-services/irts

Instructional Resources and Technology Services, within the College of Education, provide services and resources for teacher education students, faculty and staff. Many of the services are also available for N/K-12 grade teachers and administrators. IRTS offers resources and technological services for the pursuit of curriculum and instructional development.  All resources are cataloged and accessible via a UNISTAR research of the IRTS collection.  IRTS facility provides an open space for creativity and collaboration.

The mission of Instructional Resource and Technology Services is to provide students, faculty and in-service teachers/administrators with laboratories in which to examine and evaluate new curriculum resources. Resources include textbooks, professional materials, computer software, Macintosh and Windows computers, multimedia systems and more.

Visit our website for more detailed information at www.uni.edu/coe/about/centers-and-services/irts

Educational Opportunity Programs and Special Community Services (EOP/SCS)

The University of Northern Iowa places a high priority on providing quality education to financially disadvantaged and minority students. To fulfill this commitment for all students, the university has established the Educational Opportunity Programs and Special Community Services Department (EOP/SCS). EOP/SCS is designed and coordinated specifically to meet our students’ educational, social, and financial needs.  A primary goal for EOP/SCS staff is to provide supportive services to all project students, thus enhancing the successful completion of the student’s college career.  EOP/SCS consist of the following programs: the UNI Center for Urban Education (UNI-CUE), the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC), the Educational Talent Search (ETS) Program, and the Classic Upward Bound (CUB) Program. 

EOP/SCS provides a positive environment for lifetime learning. EOP/SCS staff collaborates with other campus departments and community programs to match its resources with community needs. EOP/SCS programs are designed and coordinated specifically to meet students’ educational, social, and financial needs for pursuing their educational goals and prepare for careers.

The Center for Urban Education (UNI-CUE), located in the heart of the urban area of Waterloo, Iowa, is the university’s community connection.  As a component of the EOP/SCS program, it represents the university’s strong commitment to cultural diversity.  In addition to hosting UNI’s federally funded TRiO programs, the UNI-CUE has a number of in-house programs that serve both UNI students and citizens of Black Hawk County:

  • Continuing Education Classes are offered at the UNI-CUE Monday through Thursday afternoons and evenings. Courses continue to be expanded and offered during a time convenient for most nontraditional students.
  • During the academic year, the UNI-CUE Tutoring Center provides tutoring services free of charge to K-12 students from Black Hawk County.  Tutors work one-on-one with students at all skill levels in English, reading, composition, social sciences, math, and other skills as requested. The Tutoring Center is specifically designed to provide students with skill development over the course of several weeks to a semester.
  • A free ACT Prep Program for high school students from Black Hawk County who are preparing to take the ACT Exam. Prep sessions are held on four days each week during the academic year.  Each session consists 60 minutes of tutoring on a specific subject (Math, Reading, English/Writing, and Science) plus 30 minutes of Test Taking Strategies.  Students can repeat courses as often as they feel is necessary in order to raise their ACT/SAT scores. 
  • The UNI-CUE Leadership Academy is a four-week summer program for students preparing to enter middle school in the fall. Students must be nominated for this program by their 5th grade teachers. During the program, students work to improve their reading, writing, and study skills.  Students participate in cultural outings and field trips.  They are also are introduced to guest speakers who present on a variety of topics pertinent to their age level.

The Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) is an academic counseling program, which promotes post-secondary education in communities with large populations of low-income, first-generation adults who are often not aware of educational and career opportunities available to them. Professional career and education counselors assist eligible adults with selecting a post-secondary institution or training program suited to their interests. Counselors assist clients with the completion of admissions and financial aid applications, scholarship searches, and defaulted student loans, as well as provide academic development workshops (study skills, test taking, college writing, and basic reading and math skills) and academic advising. EOC services are free to eligible participants who are age 19 or older and do not have a four-year degree.

The Educational Talent Search Program (ETS) program helps students prepare for and acquire a college education.  All students who attend one of the Waterloo Community School District’s public middle or high schools (Bunger, Central, Hoover, Logan, East, Expo, or West), high school graduates (who are not currently taking college courses), and high school/college dropouts living in Black Hawk County through age 27 are eligible to apply. ETS is an educational counseling service designed to assist 1,300 students to continue in and graduate from high school and enroll in an educational program beyond high school, and also to assist high school and college dropouts to return to an educational program.

The Classic Upward Bound (CUB) program is a college preparatory program designed to empower program participants with the academic skills and motivation necessary for success in high school and ultimately college. CUB serves students from low-income first-generation families who demonstrate potential for college as measured by standardized tests, high school grades, and written recommendations from a school administrator, counselor, or teacher.

CUB focuses around the after-school Supplemental Instructional/Tutorials program. It includes academic advising, career exploration, college tours, study skill development workshops, leadership conferences, and other activities. During the summer, CUB students spend six weeks living in UNI dorms attending enrichment courses in mathematics (algebra, pre-calculus), English (literature and composition), science (biology, physics), foreign language (Spanish, French), economics, and computer science. In addition, students participate in cultural enrichment activities. Students earn credits, which are transferable to the college or university that the student will attend upon high school graduation.

Contact Information:

Educational Opportunity Programs & Special Community Services (EOP/SCS)

800 Sycamore Street
Waterloo, IA 50703
319-273-4772    fax 319-433-0160
http://www.uni.edu/eop/

University of Northern Iowa Center for Urban Education (UNI-CUE)

800 Sycamore Street
Waterloo, IA 50703
319-273-4772    fax 319-433-0160
http://www.uni.edu/eop/uni-cue

Educational Opportunity Center (EOC)

800 Sycamore Street
Waterloo, IA 50703
319-273-4774    fax 319-433-0160
http://www.uni.edu/eop/educational-opportunity-center

The Roy Eblen Speech and Hearing Clinic

This clinic offers speech and hearing services both to university and community members. These clinical services form an integral part of the program of professional preparation in speech-language pathology. Majors in communication disorders and speech-language pathology carry out clinical services under the supervision of the faculty and instructional staff in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Services offered include audiological evaluations, speech and language evaluations, and remediation for individuals of all ages with speech, language, and hearing problems.

UNI Child Development Center

www.uni.edu/cdc

The UNI Child Development Center is an accredited non-profit care and early learning facility designed to meet the needs of young children by providing quality programming within a safe and nurturing environment. The CDC provides high quality, full-time childcare for the children of faculty, staff, and students of the University of Northern Iowa.

The CDC serves as an educational laboratory for UNI students majoring in Early Childhood Education and other related fields, facilitating the students' learning about young children. Inclusionary special education services are integrated within all of our classrooms and serve identified students who need an individualized education program. When a child is enrolled with special needs, staff are oriented in understanding that child's special needs and ways of working with the child in the group setting. Certified teachers, assisted by university students, provide instruction in the multi-age classrooms. The CDC goals include providing an innovative curriculum based on current research, developing of teacher education curriculum, and modeling developmentally appropriate evaluation processes.

The CDC is located in the Nielson Fieldhouse. The CDC serves approximately 62 children. The Center operates on the university calendar, offering programming during the academic year and summer sessions.

For more information on the programs offered, or to learn how to register your child, call the CDC at 319-273-3946. Or you may visit the CDC office located in the Nielson Fieldhouse, 1901 Campus Street, Cedar Falls.