Community and Regional Planning Agreement


New agreements between Iowa State University and two Iowa community colleges will make it easier for students attending those colleges to complete bachelor's degrees at Iowa State.

Through the agreements, students who receive an Associate of Arts degree from Northwest Iowa Community College (NCC), Sheldon, and those who receive AA degrees with an emphasis in political science, psychology or sociology from Western Iowa Tech Community College (WITCC), Sioux City, will be able to transfer to Iowa State to complete a Bachelor of Science in community and regional planning—and to do so in as few as two years.

NCC and WITCC students who participate in the new program will have a clearly defined plan that guides all four years of their undergraduate study. They will know exactly which courses to take at their community college and the recommended sequence to follow to graduate in two years after they transfer to Iowa State. And they will have access to advising at all three institutions to ensure a smooth transition to the bachelor's program.

New Master of Social Work from UNI

University of Northern Iowa

Rollout of the New Master of Social Work Distance Education Program

The UNI Department of Social Work is excited to announce that the MSW distance education program will admit it's first cohort of students in January, 2016. This distance education program is for students who do not have an undergraduate degree in social work. Applications will be accepted up until October 1, 2015. For those who are interested, please visit this Continuing Education website.

Art Education master’s degree program

University of Northern Iowa

New cohort program to begin Fall 2015 Intended for educational professionals, this program provides a comprehensive and contemporary orientation to the study and practice of art education. Designed for PK-12 art educators, this program is delivered on a cohort basis and completed in five consecutive semesters, six hours of credit each semester.  All courses are offered entirely at a distance using a combination of Adobe Connect, and online via eLearning.  Courses meeting in the fall and spring semesters are taught in eight-week modules on Wednesday evenings. For more information visit

Southwest Iowa Educational Partnership Ribbon Cutting

Officials cutting ribbon at SWIEP reception
Officials cutting ribbon at SWIEP reception

The new Southwest Iowa Educational Partnership celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony and education fair at Iowa Western Community College's Student Center on November 5.  The purpose of the partnership is to expand the distance education opportunities available to students in southwest Iowa.  The partnership brings together Iowa Western Community College, Southwestern Community College, Iowa State University, The University of Iowa, The University of Northern Iowa, and the Southwest Iowa Regents Resource Center (SWIRRC).  The goal of making more four-year college degrees available to residents is in accordance with the Iowa Board of Regent's Strategic Plan.

Bachelor of Applied Studies

University of Iowa

Take control of what, when, and where you learn, which is just one of the great aspects of an online Bachelor of Applied Studies (BAS) from The University of Iowa.

Designed for community college graduates, when you enroll in our BAS program you’ll complete your degree at a distance and at your own pace. No campus visits are required. 

Our BAS program does not call for completion of the traditional academic major. Instead, you can develop an individual program through General Studies or choose from our list of track options, including certificates and areas of emphasis. You also will work with an advisor to develop your own plan of study within the parameters of the degree requirements.

All University of Iowa course work is semester-based so while you may submit your application at any time, you begin course work at the start of the fall (August), spring (January), or summer (May) sessions.

The BAS is an excellent choice if you have an associate's degree and would like to earn your bachelor's degree at a distance.

  Is the BAS right for you? Keep reading to find out!

Youth Development Online Program

Iowa State University

The Master of Family and Consumer Sciences—Youth Development degree program is a 36-credit, web-based program that has its roots in Positive Youth Development. Rather than focusing solely on corrective measures, a Positive Youth Development approach equips individuals in the second decade of life with the skill set necessary for a successful transition into adulthood. A Youth Development Specialist Graduate Certificate and Youth Program Management and Evaluation Graduate Certificate are also available. Both certificate programs include a 13-credit subset of the master’s degree program offered online.


Bachelor of Arts in Technology Management

University of Northern Iowa

Designed for graduates of career and technical programs from Iowa’s community colleges, the Technology Management Bachelor of Arts degree program focuses on industry — its organization, resources, processes and management technologies. Incorporating an applied approach to critical thinking, communication and problem solving skills, this program provides a broad technical background with strong manufacturing skills.  Complete the program on UNI’s campus, through distance education (online and video conferencing) or a combination of both.  For more information about this program visit

SWIRRC and the Southwest Iowa Education Parnership (SWIEP) welcome Dr. Hero!


Michael Hero

Dr. Michael Hero has joined the team in southwest Iowa. In conjunction with his role with SWIRRC, Dr. Hero holds positions in the Department of Mathematics at The University of Iowa and at Iowa Western Community College. Dr. Hero will teach “The History of Mathematics” for The University of Iowa and “Differential Equations” for Iowa Western Community College during the Fall 2013 semester. 

He will also assist students who may be interested in transferring to one of the Regents universities’ on-campus or online programs. Dr. Hero will also interact with the community in identifying opportunities for collaboration with the Regents. His office is located at the SWIRRC office on the campus of Iowa Western Community College.

Before coming to Iowa, Dr. Hero was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. He brings a wide range of experience as a mathematician, mathematics program advisor and mathematics instructor to his work at SWIRRC.

In collaboration with Iowa Western Community College and Southwest Iowa Community College, SWIEP is committed to bringing quality education from the Iowa Regents Universities to the residents of southwest Iowa. Dr. Hero will contribute to this effort in a dramatic way. 

Please help us welcome him to the Hawkeye State!