A significant new partnership between Iowa Valley Community College District and the University of Iowa was signed last week. The result will be the offering of four University of Iowa bachelor degree programs on the Marshalltown Community College and Ellsworth Community College (Iowa Falls) campuses.
IVCCD Chancellor Chris Duree and Iowa President Sally Mason signed the agreement in a press conference earlier this week. The purpose of the agreement is to bring University of Iowa degrees to Marshalltown and Iowa Falls to serve place-bound MCC and ECC graduates who want to continue their educations but who can't relocate to Iowa City.
"We know that about 25 percent of Iowa's community college graduates transfer to the Regent universities to complete bachelor degrees, but there's a larger number who can't transfer due to work, family, or other circumstances," explained Chet Rzonca, University of Iowa Associate Provost and Dean of Continuing Education. "These four bachelor degree programs will be taught online and on the community college campuses to serve those students. It's the same degree programs and the same quality as offered in Iowa City it's the start of a new kind of partnership. Our goal is a more meaningful and less expensive education for Iowa students."
Iowa Valley Chancellor Chris Duree and University of Iowa President Sally Mason sign an agreement to bring four University of Iowa bachelor degree programs to the Marshalltown Community College and Ellsworth Community College (Iowa Falls) campuses. -Photo provided
Specifically, the degrees to be offered on the Marshalltown and Iowa Falls campuses are Bachelor of Applied Studies (tracks include entrepreneurial management, general studies, human relations, nonprofit management, and political science), Bachelor of Liberal Studies, Bachelor of Business Administration, and Bachelor of Science Nursing (RN to BSN).
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