University of Northern Iowa

Strengths in FY 2010

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Ben Allen

Benjamin Allen, President

In May 2010, the University of Northern Iowa welcomed His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet for a day of celebrating education and the pursuit of knowledge. His speech, “The Power of Education,” focused on the importance of education in an increasingly global society, the role of education in developing socially responsible citizens, and the impact of an individual on the world. The event brought together the entire UNI campus, the Cedar Valley community and the state to celebrate the commitment to all aspects of education.

President Allen with the Dalai Lama

For the 13th consecutive year, the University of Northern Iowa was ranked second in the “Best Midwest Universities – Master’s” category for public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2010 “America’s Best Colleges” guidebook. UNI also was ranked 16th on a combined list of all public and private Midwest regional universities – one of only three public institutions to appear on this top 20 list. And for the fourth consecutive year, UNI was named to the Princeton Review’s list of “The Best 300 Business Schools,” as well as to an elite group of 158 colleges on the Princeton Review’s list of “Best in the Midwest” for 2010.

The University of Northern Iowa’s fall 2009 enrollment totaled 13,080 students and represented the third consecutive year of enrollment growth. In addition, the number of diverse students enrolled at the University reached 904, which represents 6.9% of the student body and is the highest percentage in the University’s history.

UNI and the Grundy Center (Iowa) School District hosted the Global Forum on Physical Education, where more than 100 of the world’s leading experts gathered to discuss reform in health and physical education for K-12 students. The school district’s partnership with UNI has spawned a nationally respected physical education curriculum model for preparing physical education instructors.


Josh Mahoney

UNI football player Josh Mahoney received the prestigious NCAA Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship, a national award presented each year to one female and one male student-athlete in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and potential for success in postgraduate study. Mahoney is the first Panther student-athlete, and only the second collegian from Iowa, to earn this prestigious honor. Josh posted a perfect 4.0 grade point average while majoring in economics and English, and he planned to study law at the University of Chicago following graduation from UNI.

The UNI Foundation reached a single-year fund-raising record of more than $32.4 million in private gifts and future commitments, a 40% increase over the previous record set in 2008.

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