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Kirkwood, UI Announce Transfer Agreement in Computer Studies

A new articulation agreement has been approved paving the way for students in computer programming at Kirkwood Community College to progress to a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Iowa's Tippie College of Business. Kirkwood and UI officials completed work on the agreement and formalized the program in mid-January.

Qualified Kirkwood students completing an Associate of Science Career Option degree in the new Computer Information Systems program may now transfer to the Tippie College of Business and finish a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management Information Systems in two years.

Kirkwood Dean of Business and Information Technologies, John Henik, says this newest agreement will "save time and tuition dollars" for many students interested in a four-year professional degree.

"Prior to this agreement, students had considerably more coursework to complete after transferring to Iowa. The MIS department in the Tippie College of Business recognized the quality of Kirkwood's Computer Information Systems program and felt students would benefit from using elements of the Associate of Science Career Option degree as they progressed to a BBA degree. Now our students can seamlessly progress to this worthwhile four-year degree program," Henik said.

"We are looking forward to working with Computer Information Systems at Kirkwood and think that this will be a very good partnership. Students will benefit by being able to get both an Associate of Science degree from Kirkwood, but also a MIS degree from Iowa in an efficient way. Our programs complement each other and are an exciting option for information technology students," said Warren Boe, a professor in the Tippie College MIS Department.

This agreement is the result of a combined commitment by both institutions to strengthen their programs and graduate well prepared professionals in the IT field. It was formulated by Henik; Business/IT Department Coordinator Ken Riha; and Kirkwood Computer Science Professor Jerry Fottral. At the UI, Boe was joined by Michael Barron, UI director of Admissions, and Vicki Vavra, assistant director in the Tippie College Undergraduate Program Office, in defining the parameters of the agreement.

Kirkwood graduates need to supply transcripts and meet minimum grade point average requirements to be admitted to the Tippie College, the same requirements as native UI freshmen and sophomores. Transfer students from Kirkwood will have access to financial aid, scholarships and student services on the same basis as native students, Vavra said.

More information on the new transfer agreement is available from Kirkwood's Business and Information Technologies department, 319-398-5416. University of Iowa information is available from Vavra in the Tippie College of Business at vicki-vavra@uiowa.edu or 319-335-1037.


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