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University of Iowa News Release

 

Nov. 13, 2006

UI Offers Four-Year Transfer Plan With Select Iowa Community Colleges

The University of Iowa and three Iowa community college districts have teamed up to offer a guaranteed graduation plan that can lead to a bachelor's degree at the UI.

The 2 Plus 2 Guaranteed Graduation Plan allows students to attend a community college for two years, transfer easily into the UI, and earn a bachelor's degree in an additional two years. The UI is initially offering this program to students in select majors at the following community college districts: Kirkwood, Eastern Iowa (Scott, Muscatine and Clinton colleges) and Iowa Western. The program will expand to other Iowa community colleges and majors in the near future.

Community college students can stay close to home for the first two years of college, saving time and money while taking certain community college classes related to their majors. When students transfer to Iowa, they will automatically be considered a junior and can earn a bachelor's degree in just two more years.

"Our primary goal in creating programs like the 2 Plus 2 Plan is to ensure that students who want to earn a four-year degree have access to a quality University of Iowa education, and then, most importantly, to make sure that they succeed here," said UI Provost Michael Hogan.

Community college students who sign a 2 Plus 2 Plan agreement get a number of benefits from the UI, including guidance from 2 Plus 2 advisors, early registration and orientation, a UI e-mail address and ID card, access to University Libraries and the Pomerantz Career Center, and discounted tickets to many university athletic and cultural events.

The 2 Plus 2 Plan encourages long-range planning, but also eases the transition into the university environment and helps students stay on track to complete a bachelor's degree, says Michael Barron, UI assistant provost for Enrollment Services and director of Admissions.

Students need to sign up to be in the program and must meet graduation checkpoints for select majors during their first two years at the community college and during their final two years at the UI, Barron said. The UI will communicate with these students each semester, advising them about class schedules and requirements to help ease their transition.

Students can get more information about the 2 Plus 2 Plan at http://www.uiowa.edu/2plus2 or by calling 800-553-IOWA or 319-335-1569. Information is also available though community college advising offices.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory 319-384-0012, george-mccrory@uiowa.edu; Program: Tom Paulsen, UI Admissions, 800-553-IOWA