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Release: May 31, 2001

Distance-learning information session offered via ICN June 5

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- People who want to complete an undergraduate liberal studies degree with one of Iowa's three regents universities via distance education can learn about one new option at an information session that will be transmitted to several Iowa Communication Network (ICN) locations Tuesday, June 5.

The session will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at 12 sites across the state, including Ames, Bettendorf, Cedar Falls, Clinton, Council Bluffs, Estherville, Iowa City, Jackson Junction-Turkey Valley, Muscatine, Peosta, Sioux City and West Des Moines. A representative from one of the Regents institutions will be present at each location, all of which will also be linked together via the ICN.

The information session is especially designed for people with an associate of arts degree from an Iowa community college but who have not been able to complete their undergraduate degree because of work, family or other obligations. The information session will inform prospective students of a new distance education initiative by the three regents schools to schedule courses leading to a bachelor of liberal studies (BLS) degree at ICN sites located in selected community college districts in Iowa.

The session is also open to others interested in the program.

Under the schedule, which starts fall 2001, students may complete two courses each fall and spring term and one course in summer for three years, earning 45 semester hours toward the 62 semester hours required for holders of the associate degree to earn a BLS degree. Remaining hours may be earned via independent study, worldwide-web courses, additional ICN-delivered classes and other options. Students taking advantage of the schedule can complete the BLS degree on a part-time basis in a little more than four years.

The BLS degree -- cooperatively sponsored by the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa -- is an external degree program that allows qualified students to complete their undergraduate degree without attending classes on a university campus.

The degree has been continually offered by Iowa's three Regents universities since the late 1970s, and about a thousand students from Iowa and across the country are active in the program. Under the cooperative Regents plan, the degree may be earned from any of the three schools, with a minimum of 32 semester hours required from the institution granting the degree.

Community college districts participating in the distance education initiative with the regents universities include the Bettendorf, Clinton and Muscatine campuses of Eastern Iowa Community College; Northeast Iowa Community College; Iowa Lakes Community College; Western Iowa Tech Community College; Iowa Western Community College and Des Moines Area Community College.

The June 5 information session will take place at the following locations:

AMES

Iowa State University
Room Number 1324, Howe Hall

BETTENDORF

Scott Community College
Room Number: 210
500 Belmont Road

CEDAR FALLS

University of Northern Iowa
Room 202, Center for Educational Technology
2304 College

CLINTON

Room 143, Clinton High School
8th Ave. S. and 9th St.

COUNCIL BLUFFS

Iowa School for the Deaf
Careers Building; 2nd Floor
1600 South Highway 275

ESTHERVILLE

Estherville High School, Room E-1
1520 Central Ave.

IOWA CITY

The University of Iowa
107 North Hall

JACKSON JUNCTION - TURKEY VALLEY

Turkey Valley Jr-Sr High School
3219 State Highway 24

MUSCATINE

Muscatine High School, Room 135
2705 Cedar

PEOSTA

Northeast Iowa Community College - 2
Conference Center - Room 2
10250 Sundown Road

SIOUX CITY

Western Hills Area Education Agency 12, Room 209 A
1520 Morningside Avenue

WEST DES MOINES

Valley Southwoods High School, Room 172
625 S. 35th St.

For more information, contact the University of Iowa Center for Credit Programs at 1-800-272-6430.