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Sept. 18, 2007

Photo: Tom Paulsen, director of UI transfer relations and outreach, recently met with Iowa Valley Community College District officials about the 2+2 program. (left to right) Chris Russell, IVCCD chief academic officer; Barbara Burrows, Marshalltown Community College provost; Tom Paulsen; Barb Klein, IVCCD dean of enrollment services; Robin Shaffer Lilienthal, IVCC Grinnell vice provost; and Mollie Teckenburg, Ellsworth Community College provost.

UI welcomes Iowa Valley students to the 2 Plus 2 Transfer Plan

Students at Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD) can now benefit from the University of Iowa's 2 Plus 2 Guaranteed Graduation Plan.

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

The IVCCD enrolls approximately 3,000 students at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, Marshalltown Community College, and a satellite Iowa Valley Community College campus in Grinnell.

The addition of IVCCD to the 2 Plus 2 program marks the UI's continuing efforts to make the program accessible to students at all Iowa community colleges. The UI welcomed more than 1,000 new transfer students from Iowa community colleges throughout 2006-07.

Earlier this year the UI also announced a new $1,000 scholarship for incoming 2 Plus 2 students with the highest grade-point averages. Overall, the 2 Plus 2 program is designed to help ease the transition between schools.

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

Barb Klein, IVCCD dean of enrollment services, says "This program provides a great opportunity for our students to have a smooth transition as they transfer to the University of Iowa. In addition to working with one of our faculty advisors, students will also have the advantage of early access to a University of Iowa advisor to ensure a successful and efficient transfer."

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

The 2 Plus 2 plan is currently available to IVCCD students pursuing about 15 Iowa majors, including business, psychology and sociology. 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 CONTACTS: Tom Paulsen, UI Admissions, 319-335-1559,; Ellsworth Community College Admissions, 641-648-8524; Marshalltown Community College admissions, 641-844-5710; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,

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