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April 6, 2006

UI Learning And Development Wins CUPA Institutional Award For Excellence

The University of Iowa's Human Resources Learning and Development unit has been selected for the Institutional Award for Excellence from the College and University Personnel Association (CUPA), Midwest Region. The award, which will be presented April 23 at CUPA's annual Midwest regional conference in Dearborn, Mich., is in recognition of the unit's e-Learning Initiative, among other accomplishments.

Maureen McCormick, UI director of Learning and Development, says the award marks a string of recognized successes by her unit.

"Learning and Development initiated the e-Learning program as a pilot after we had obtained a nonprofit pricing opportunity for SkillSoft," she says.

SkillSoft is a major provider of online learning resources for business and information technology professionals. The special price allowed campus units to purchase individual subscriptions for 360 faculty and staff members at low cost.  

"The pilot was extremely successful," McCormick says. "People were very pleased to have the opportunity to improve their professional skills online, so we established a direct partnership with SkillSoft and now offer the learning program to all 43,000 faculty, staff and students on campus."

The 2006 award was based in part on the record of previous honors won by McCormick and her unit, which include: The 2005 Gold Award: Utilization of Marketing Resources; Chief Learning Officer Learning in Practice Awards; SkillSoft Training Administrator of the Year, 2004; Excellence and Innovation in Corporate Learning, Corporate University Xchange Award, 2004; and CUPA Midwest Institutional Award for Excellence, 2003.

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

CONTACTS: Media: Charles S. Drum, 319-384-0048,; Program: Maureen McCormick, 319-335-2672,