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University of Iowa News Release


Aug. 29, 2007

UI welcomes Southeastern Community College to the 2 Plus 2 Transfer Plan

The University of Iowa recently welcomed Southeastern Community College (SCC) and its nearly 3,200 students to the university's 2 Plus 2 Guaranteed Graduation Plan.

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

The addition of SCC marks the university's continuing efforts to make the program accessible to students at all Iowa community colleges. Earlier this year, the university also announced a new $1,000 scholarship for incoming 2 Plus 2 students with the highest grade-point averages.

"This is a great partnership between SCC and the University of Iowa," says Joan Williams, SCC vice president of student services. "Quite a few of our students graduate from SCC with their AA degree and then transfer to four-year colleges to earn a BA. This agreement means our University of Iowa-bound students' transition will be virtually seamless."

The UI welcomed more than 1,000 new transfer students from Iowa community colleges throughout the 2006-07 academic year. The 2 Plus 2 plan is designed to help ease the transition between schools.

Community college students are encouraged to enroll in the 2 Plus 2 plan during their first year of community college in order to benefit most from the degree-planning assistance of Iowa's 2 Plus 2 advisors. High school students headed to college also are encouraged to investigate the plan's potential to save them time and money.

Williams says that sometimes community college students bound for a four-year college don't take all of the classes required by the four-year college before they get there. "That means they end up having to take extra classes after the fact. The Iowa 2 Plus 2 Plan is designed to take away that pitfall. Now our Iowa-bound students enrolled in the program don't have to worry about that," she said.

In addition to early Iowa advising, 2 Plus 2 participants enjoy access to UI library and career-planning resources and discounted admission to select UI cultural and athletic events with their UI student ID.

SCC offers Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees in a variety of areas on campuses in West Burlington and Keokuk, Iowa.

The UI offers degrees and certificates in more than 100 areas of study on its Iowa City campus.

The 2 Plus 2 plan is currently available to SCC students in about 15 majors, including business, psychology, and social work. The UI will add all Iowa community colleges and more Iowa majors to the plan in the near future.

For more information about the 2 Plus 2 plan, visit

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Paulsen, Office of Admissions, 319-335-1559,; Jeff Ebbing, Southeastern Community College 319-208-5060,; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,; Writer: Sara Langenberg

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