When Upper Iowa University students return this fall, the University will be rolling out new programs and majors.
FAYETTE, Iowa (July 23, 2014) – After more than a year of self-evaluation, UIU faculty members have redesigned the academic offerings across Upper Iowa University to better meet student demands and the needs of the job market that graduates will be entering.
UIU Provost Kurt Wood said the deans of each of the four UIU schools assessed enrollments in current majors to determine demand, researched academic programs against benchmarks and best practices, and proposed changes that were then approved by the university's curriculum committees and the Board of Trustees.
"The evaluations done by each of the University's schools were evidence-informed and driven by data," Wood says. "These data show that we offered about 20 percent more majors than our peers. While some 50 major fields of study may be the right number for UIU to offer, the associated costs must be balanced with the value derived by our students. It's not all about the spreadsheet, but today's higher education environment demands that attention be paid to the bottom line. We have to be responsive to the marketplace and align workforce preparation expectations with the University's program offerings to ensure that our graduates can compete and have the opportunity to succeed. Upper Iowa remains committed to providing accessible, affordable and well-regarded higher education with employment rates for its graduates that meet or exceed national averages."
UIU President William R. Duffy, Ed.D., Ed.S., added that the academic redesign is not only about adding or deleting majors but is, more importantly, about expanding opportunities for UIU students around the world.
"Many UIU majors and programs will now reach more students than just those who sit in classrooms here in Fayette or at one of our centers. We have expanded the offerings available through the UIU online learning program, making these opportunities accessible to everyone," Duffy said. "We also refreshed and updated programs to add specific skills that can be taken into the 21st century workplace, and help UIU students stand out as exceptional students, employees and professionals."
Realignment of majors will continue as needed as part of the University's ongoing quality improvement process, he added.
Academic changes to be introduced in 2014-15 include:
- Adding an online program in teacher leadership to the master of education program
- Expanding the online MBA program to include face-to-face, evening courses in Des Moines, Waterloo and the Quad Cities
- Allowing some higher level business majors at Fayette to complete up to six hours toward the MBA as undergraduates and roll into the graduate MBA program
- Offering a graphics design major online
- Creating a new bachelor of arts degree in liberal arts
- Creating a new pre-law minor
- Adding a pre-chiropractic program in partnership with Palmer College of Chiropractic
- Adding a policy and politics focus to the undergraduate public administration major
- Adding a social justice focus to the history major
- Redesigning the art major to include art education, pre-professional studio arts, pre-professional art therapy and pre-professional architecture
- Adding a certificate in arts administration available through all UIU learning experiences
- Redesigning the communications major to include communication studies, journalism and sports communication
- Adding a certificate in communication studies
- Offering a sociology major to other learning experiences
- Adding a certificate in psychology
- Approving a new master of arts degree in counseling; to be offered in 2015
- Expanding the conservation management program to include a 2+2 offering at the UIU Cedar Rapids Center with Kirkwood Community College
- Adding a GIS (Geographic Information Systems) certificate
- Adding a sustainability certificate
- Creating an organizational information systems and technology program that redesigns the information technology major, creates a new information systems major and adds a new software engineering minor; to be offered online as well as on campus
- Introducing four post-graduate certificate programs in accounting, corporate financial management, human resource management and organizational development
- Adding the Daily 3® program (math skills) to the special graduate courses offered to train teachers
UIU offers courses face-to-face, online, and through self-paced programs. Many programs offer a blended degree plan, which combines online courses with face-to-face classes. Not all programs are available face-to-face at all locations. For more information about the majors and UIU locations offering the programs, go to www.uiu.edu/majors
August 25 is the first day of term 1 classes at all UIU locations. Registration is open now.
About Upper Iowa University Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 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 self-paced degree program. With a focus on developing leaders and lifelong learners, UIU provides dual enrollment programs for high school students as well as continuing education and professional development opportunities for learners of any age. For more information, visit www.uiu.edu.
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