UNI's 2+2 project is funded by a U.S. Department of Education (Fund for the Improvement of Education) grant. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), ranking member on the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, took the lead in including funding for this project in the appropriations report.

The 2+2 project is also made possible through generous cooperative support from participating community colleges, their communities and the University of Northern Iowa.

A Timeline of the 2+2 Program

UNI and community colleges have successfully offered 2+2 partnership programs since 1995. ALL degree programs include the same classes offered on the UNI campus.

  • 1995- UNI/Des Moines Area Community College/Carroll community offer the first 2+2 program in elementary education teaching to fill a need for teachers in central Iowa; 88 graduates as of 2005; 90% teach or work in education in central Iowa. UNI 2+2 was started with federal monies.
  • 2002- UNI/DMACC/Carroll offer a technology management/general business concepts B.A. degree; eight students graduate in May 2004.
  • 2003- Early childhood education B.A. teaching degree added at DMACC/Carroll campus. Technology education teaching major piloted with three community colleges.
  • 2005- 2+2 elementary education/special education program begins at three Iowa community colleges. Graduates receive regular Iowa classroom licensure in elementary education and Instruction Strategist I endorsement in special education
    • Planning completed to offer Community Health Education, Recreation/Tourism, and Criminology majors.
    • 2+2 support services include: access to UNI writing and reading specialists to prepare for the Pre-Professional Skills Test, use of the UNI Library and internet services, on-campus orientations and joint admission for some programs.
    • Additional Iowa community colleges and branch campuses collaborate with UNI 2+2 staff and faculty to develop degree programs that match needs
  • 2006- UNI receives Best Practice Award for Collaboration with Community Colleges from AACTE.
  • 2007- added student cohort at the Ankeny Campus.
  • 2009- 29 graduates in Elementary Education (with optional Early Childhood dual major) ** (12 students in Carroll) (17 students in Ankeny)
  • 2009- Added student cohort at Boone campus
  • 2011- 26 graduates in Elementary Education (with optional Middle Level dual major) ** (5 students in Carroll) (5 students in Boone)(16 students in Ankeny)                
  • 2015-  DMACC/UNI Celebrates 20 years of cooperative educational training of Iowa Elementary Ed teachers.