FAYETTE, Iowa (October 17, 2012) — Monday, October 22, is the first day of classes at the Upper Iowa University-Baton Rouge Center. UIU began accepting students at its new center in Baton Rouge this summer. Baton Rouge is the fifth Louisiana location for the 155-year-old, non-profit, private Iowa college, which also has class sites in Alexandria, DeRidder, Fort Polk and New Orleans.
Located on the campus of the Louisiana State Police Training Academy, UIU-Baton Rouge offers six 8-week terms each year, with all classes taught in the evenings to help adult learners balance a job, education, and family life. Upper Iowa also has articulation agreements with community colleges in Baton Rouge, Bossier, Delgado, Nunez, and River Parishes, which allow students to more easily transfer credits to complete a four-year degree. UIU also has an articulation agreement to facilitate credit transfer from Louisiana State University-Eunice. In addition, Upper Iowa has partnerships with the Fraternal Order of Police, the Louisiana State Troopers Association and the Louisiana Sheriff's Association to provide higher education for law enforcement officers.
UIU-Baton Rouge offers bachelor's degrees in 10 majors currently, including: business administration, criminal justice, emergency and disaster management, health services administration, human resources management, human services, management information systems, psychology, public administration, and social science. The public administration degree may be taken with either a general focus or with an emphasis in law enforcement or fire science. In addition, UIU offers two associate's degrees in business and liberal arts. Several certificate programs are also available.
Due to its extensive online programs, which include three masters degrees, Upper Iowa also offers students the opportunity to blend distance learning with in-classroom courses.
In addition to its traditional residential campus in Fayette, Iowa, and three international locations, UIU has 19 education centers in Arizona, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin.
"We are very pleased to have added Baton Rouge to our roster of off-campus educational centers," said UIU Acting President Richard Patrick. "The University has been an innovator in providing academic programs through a variety of learning experiences that allow students to take courses in ways that best fit into their lifestyles. We have some students who, over the course of earning their degree, combine classes taken at a center with online classes and even independent study through UIU, with all course credits meeting their degree requirements. UIU has proven to be a terrific option, especially for more adult students."
Cynthia Bentley is center director in Baton Rouge. Previously, she worked in advising, recruiting and enrollment management at Florida State University and the University of Phoenix. She has a bachelor's degree in management.
Contact information for UIU-Baton Rouge is 225-923-2331 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About Upper Iowa University
Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs and leadership development opportunities to some 6,200 students—nationally and internationally—at its Fayette campus and learning centers worldwide. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and independent study.
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