Roger Kueter, UNI 2+2 Program Director, (319) 273-2203
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- UNI will graduate one of the largest groups of students in its 2+2 elementary education bachelor's degree program at 6 p.m., Monday, May 9, at Carroll High School, Carroll, Iowa. These 23 students are part of the 2+2 UNI/Des Moines Area Community College/Carroll community partnership for students who are place-bound and cannot travel to the UNI campus.
The students have taken two years of courses at DMACC/Carroll and two years of UNI courses at the Carroll campus and over the Iowa Communications Network. The 2+2 elementary education program is the same as the program offered on the UNI campus.
UNI President Robert Koob will be the Commencement speaker. Awards will be conferred by UNI Provost Aaron Podolefsky, with assistance from Koob, UNI College of Education Dean Jeffrey Cornett, Pat Holthaus, UNI instructor/advisor at DMACC/Carroll, and Steve Schulz, UNI/DMACC program coordinator. The graduates and their families also will be guests at a pre-graduation reception, from 3-4:30 p.m., at the DMACC/Carroll Library.
This group (cohort) of graduates is the fifth to earn a B.A. degree in elementary education teaching from UNI under the 2+2 program. Roger Kueter, UNI 2+2 program director, says, 'This group is also the first to have an early childhood component included in its B.A. education program. In addition, the human relations course included a globalization element that has helped the graduates understand why an awareness of other cultures is important for educators today.'
Events also will include, at 2 p.m., a renewal of the agreement between UNI, DMACC/Carroll and the Carroll community to continue the education partnership to provide access to higher education for place-bound Iowans and increase the number of teachers in central Iowa. This articulation signing ceremony will take place at the DMACC/Carroll Campus, Room 146, 906 N. Grant Road. Institutional representatives will include Koob for UNI; James Knott, Provost, DMACC/Carroll Campus; Robert Denson, President, DMACC, and James Wilson, Community Advisory Council leader.
An additional 21 students enrolled in the UNI 2+2 B.A. elementary education teaching program last January. This summer, 35 students from four Iowa community colleges will begin a 2+2 B.A. program in elementary education with a special education emphasis. UNI faculty will teach the courses onsite at the community colleges, over the ICN, or via web-based classes. Kueter says UNI is also exploring other 2+2 programs in criminology, gerontology and health promotion, among other disciplines.
For more information on UNI's 2+2 program, contact Kueter at (319) 273-2203, or visit www.uni.edu/2+2.