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UNI receives award of excellence for community college collaboration

August 13, 2003

Charles Johnson, UNI professor of industrial technology, (319) 273-2746
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa was the only educational institution in a six-state Midwest region to receive the 2002-03 Award of Excellence from the Association for Career and Technical Education, Region 3.

The award was given in recognition of UNI's collaborative efforts with community colleges, including articulation agreements. Articulation agreements mesh programs between two-year and four-year schools so that students can transfer credits earned at one institution to the other.

Accepting the award on behalf of UNI was Charles Johnson, professor of industrial technology, who has been instrumental in formulating articulation agreements with Iowa community colleges. About 300 articulation agreements have been signed with all 15 community colleges in the state. The majority of these program-to-program agreements enable graduates of technical programs at the community colleges to make a smooth transition toward completion of a major at UNI.

The award, a plaque, was presented at the group's annual conference held in Dubuque in June. Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids was the only business to receive the award in Region 3.