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Aug. 1, 2007

Northeast Iowa Community College Joins UI's 2 Plus 2 Transfer Plan

The University of Iowa welcomed Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) and its nearly 5,000 students to the UI's new 2 Plus 2 Guaranteed Graduation Plan this week.

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

Also this week, the UI announced a new $1,000 2 Plus 2 Transfer Scholarship. Up to 25 of the scholarships will be awarded to incoming 2 Plus 2 students with the highest grade-point averages for the spring semester of 2008.

UI Provost Michael Hogan said the 2 Plus 2 initiative is an attempt to address the unique needs of a significant student demographic at the UI.

Students transferring to the UI from Iowa community colleges accounted for more than 700 new students at the university in fall 2006, or about 12 percent of all new undergraduate students at Iowa that year.

"Northeast Iowa Community College is committed to preparing students interested in transferring to four-year schools such as Iowa," Hogan said. "Our goal is to simplify that process for their students, recognizing that students have a legitimate interest in obtaining both degrees in a timely and cost-effective manner."

Ideally, students enroll in the 2 Plus 2 plan during their first year of community college study, but college-bound high school students also are encouraged to investigate the plan and its potential to save them time and money.

In addition to the early degree-planning assistance, 2 Plus 2 participants enjoy other UI benefits even before they arrive on the UI campus. With acceptance into the plan, students receive access to UI library and career-planning resources and discounted tickets to select university events with their UI student ID. Upon admission to Iowa, they also become eligible for the new 2 Plus 2 Transfer Scholarship, which they can apply toward tuition at the UI.

NICC, which has campuses in Calmar (near Decorah) and Peosta (near Dubuque) in northeast Iowa, offers associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates in more than 70 areas of study ranging from accounting to welding. It also has centers in New Hampton, Cresco, Dubuque, Manchester and Oelwein.

The UI offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, and certificate programs, in more than 100 areas of study on its Iowa City campus.

Right now, the 2 Plus 2 plan is available to students in select majors. The UI will add all Iowa community colleges and more Iowa majors to the plan in the near future.

For more details about 2 Plus 2, visit

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

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory, 319-384-0012,; Program: Tom Paulsen, assistant director of admissions, 319-335-1559,; Writer: Sara Langenberg

OTHER INFORMATION: See previous releases on the 2 Plus 2 plan: