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Oct. 1, 2009

UI College of Engineering, Western Illinois University sign transfer agreement

The University of Iowa College of Engineering and Western Illinois University (WIU), Macomb, Ill., have signed an agreement that will guarantee admission of qualified WIU students who transfer to the UI College of Engineering, beginning spring semester 2010.

The transfer program is designed specifically for undergraduate students completing the WIU pre-engineering core curriculum with at least a 3.0 grade point average and no more than one class with a grade of "C."

Those students who also complete the requirements for the Engineering Physics Program at WIU -- in addition to normal UI engineering degree requirements -- will receive a second baccalaureate degree in engineering physics from WIU.

UI officials said that the agreement was made possible, in part, by Deere and Co., a corporate partner of both WIU and the UI College of Engineering. Also in cooperation with Deere and Co., WIU recently began offering its first engineering degree classes at its Quad-City Riverfront Campus in Moline, Ill., thereby greatly expanding the university's engineering reach.

"Students receive a high-quality education at WIU's pre-engineering and physics programs. By transferring to the UI to complete a Bachelor of Science degree, they will be well-prepared for entering the engineering workforce," said UI College of Engineering Dean Barry Butler.

"We are so appreciative of the University of Iowa's collaborative spirit, and we look forward to working with University of Iowa faculty and staff," said Susan Martinelli-Fernandez, interim dean of the WIU College of Arts and Sciences.

In addition to the WUI agreement, the UI already has similar recent transfer agreements with Iowa Lakes Community College of Estherville, Iowa, and the University of Guam. The UI College of Engineering ranks among the top 20 percent of U.S. engineering programs.

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