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University of Iowa News Release

 

Nov. 8, 2007

UI welcomes Iowa Central Community College to the 2 Plus 2 Transfer Plan

Iowa Central Community College has joined the University of Iowa's 2 Plus 2 Guaranteed Graduation Plan for transfer students, a new program that will ease the transition for Iowa Central students planning to transfer to UI.

Under the 2 Plus 2 plan, UI advisors will help Iowa Central students select the right courses to receive an associate of arts degree in two years at Iowa Central and successfully transfer to Iowa, where they can earn a bachelor's degree in just two more years, guaranteed.

With campus sites in Fort Dodge, Storm Lake and Webster City, Iowa Central is the fastest-growing community college in the state with a fall enrollment of nearly 6,000 students. Iowa Central, serving Webster, Hamilton, Wright, Humboldt, Greene, Calhoun, Pocahontas, Sac, and Buena Vista counties in north-central Iowa, offers 45 Associate of Arts majors.

"We are delighted that Iowa Central Community College is coming on board with the 2 Plus 2 Guaranteed Graduation Plan," said Lola Lopes, UI interim executive vice president and provost. "Students who complete associate degrees at community colleges already have enhanced prospects for graduation from Iowa compared to community college transfers who do not complete a degree.

"Participation in the 2 Plus 2 Plan will go beyond this by helping smooth the transition to a new campus and a new academic environment and by showing students how to move quickly and effectively through their final years of study," Lopes added.

The addition of Iowa Central to the 2 Plus 2 program marks the university's continuing efforts to make the 2 Plus 2 program accessible to transfer students coming to Iowa from public community college in the state. The UI welcomed more than 1,000 new transfer students from any Iowa community college throughout 2006-07.

Earlier this year, the university also announced a new $1,000 scholarship for incoming 2 Plus 2 students with the highest grade-point averages. Overall, the 2 Plus 2 program is designed to help ease the transition between schools.

To benefit most from the degree-planning assistance of 2 Plus 2, students are encouraged to enroll in the plan during their first year of community college. High school students also are encouraged to investigate the plan's potential to save them time and money in pursuit of a four-year degree.

In addition to early advising, 2 Plus 2 students enjoy access to UI library and career-planning resources and discounted admission to select UI cultural and athletic events with their Iowa One Card, the official UI student ID.

The 2 Plus 2 plan is currently available to Iowa Central students pursuing about 15 Iowa majors, including business, psychology, and sociology.

For more information about the 2 Plus 2 plan, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/2plus2/.

OTHER INFORMATION: See previous releases on the 2 Plus 2 plan at: http://news-releases.uiowa.edu/2006/november/111306two-plus-two.html and http://www.news-releases.uiowa.edu/2007/July/073007transfer_scholarship.html.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Tom Paulsen, UI Admissions, 319-335-1559, thomas-paulsen@uiowa.edu; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012, george-mccrory@uiowa.edu