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Upper Iowa University combine distance learning programs

FAYETTE (KWWL) -- A recent reorganization by Upper Iowa University has lead to their Center for Distance Education.

The center is a combination of the university's online and independent study modalities.

UIU's Center for Distance Education currently serves over 2,500 students in 49 states and several countries. Over 300 adjunct faculty teach for the distance education programs.

According to Interim Senior Vice President for the Extended University, Dr. Tim Hunt, the restructuring will provide greater efficiencies for faculty and staff, which will in turn improve learning opportunities for students.

Coordinator positions have been added to oversee key operational functions, such as recruiting, advising and financial aid, to achieve greater efficiency. Additional positions are also being planned to oversee corporate and military partnerships, and administrative and technical support. A nationwide search is underway to identify an Executive Director of Distance Education to lead this unit.

"We feel the timing is right for this reorganization of our distance education program in order to maintain academic excellence and exceptional service to our students," said Associate Executive Director of Distance Education Barb Schultz.  "It will also allow us to expand our outreach, such as Upper Iowa's recent collaboration with the Navy College Program Distance Learning Partnership."

To learn more about Upper Iowa University and its distance learning program, go to www.uiu.edu.

Online Producer: Nick Jellings

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