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University of Iowa News Release

 

Sept. 20, 2007

UI admissions, financial aid information now available in Spanish

The University of Iowa is now offering information in Spanish on its Web site to reach out to Hispanic and Latino families.

The new Web pages, at http://www.uiowa.edu/admissions/espanol, describe the university's admission requirements and the financial aid application process.

"Our goal is to make information about attending the University of Iowa more accessible to families," said Mike Barron, assistant provost for enrollment services and director of admissions at the UI. "Parents and families often play a critical role in a student's decision to attend college. We want to make sure they get the information they need in a format that is comfortable for them."

Marcella David, special assistant to the president for equal opportunity and diversity and associate provost for diversity, agrees that the translated Web pages will help families.

"The important contribution that this makes is that the information is more accessible to Spanish-speaking parents, who might have difficulty understanding our admissions and financial aid policies and processes when explained in English," David said.

"I know that every parent of a prospective student appreciates it when we show that we welcome their child and care about their child's success, and this is an important way to make that message clear to students coming from Spanish-speaking households," she added.

Other universities with translated Web content include Michigan, Michigan State, Florida State, Arizona State, the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of South Florida and the University of New Mexico.

To promote the translated Web pages, UI Admissions plans to distribute e-mails and fliers about the translated Web pages to school counselors, education advocates, and Hispanic and Latino community groups throughout the state and region. There also will be links to the pages "En Español" throughout the rest of the Admissions Web site, so people casually visiting the Web site can find the translated information, too.

For more information about admission to the UI, call 1-800-553-IOWA.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Michael Barron, Admissions, 319-335-1548, michael-barron@uiowa.edu; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012, george-mccrory@uiowa.edu; Writers: Sara Langenberg and George McCrory.

Para leer la versión de este comunicado en español, visite la siguiente página: http://news-releases.uiowa.edu/2007/september/092007admissionsespanol.html