UNI offering a BA in Technology Management entirely at a distance in cooperation with Iowa's community colleges

The University of Northern Iowa is accepting applications for the Bachelor of Arts in Technology Management.
The online program, designed for graduates of Associate of Applied Science degrees from Iowa’s community colleges, begins this summer and incorporates an applied approach to critical thinking, communication and
problem solving skills.

The program will be offered in cooperation with the Iowa-Advanced Manufacturing (I-AM) Consortium, comprised of the 15 Iowa community colleges, each committed to building training capacity necessary to meet industry demand
and arm Iowans with the skills they need to engage in Iowa’s workforce. The Consortium hopes to promote the concept of moving from stacked and latticed credentials available from Iowa’s community colleges to a bachelor’s degree from UNI.

"This affordable program is indicative of UNI's efforts to make educational opportunities more accessible to Iowans, regardless of where they reside. Collaborating with Iowa's community colleges to offer a seamless pathway for students who wish to advance professionally, while addressing the needs of Iowa's manufacturers, provides tremendous benefits to all involved and the state of Iowa as a whole," said Kent Johnson, dean, UNI Continuing Education and Special Programs.

Also designed to enhance the experience of working professionals, the program focuses on exceptional manufacturing managerial and business competencies. “The online delivery of this program opens avenues for
non-traditional students with full-time jobs who cannot attend on-campus classes, giving them the opportunity to increase their earning power while keeping up with innovations in technology,” explained Program Coordinator
Dr. Nilmani Pramanik.

Courses for this program are offered entirely online using eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system requiring Internet access and a web browser. The program uses a cohort model in which students move together through the course sequence until they graduate. Learn more about the Bachelor of Arts in Technology Management program and how to apply.

For students who are able to attend courses on the UNI campus, this program is also available in a face-to-face format. Contact Linda Reardon-Lowry at 319-273-2562 to learn more about on-campus options.

A Master of Science in Technology is also available for those interested in pursuing a graduate degree.

For information about additional offerings available from Continuing and Distance Education through the University of Northern Iowa, visit distance.uni.edu or call 319-273-5970 or 800-648-3864.

About UNI

  • The UNI Department of Technology reports a career placement rate of 94% within three months of graduation.
  • The Technology Management BA program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).
  • UNI Continuing and Distance Education is ranked first as the most affordable and high-quality provider of distance education in Iowa by AffordableCollegesOnline.org.
  • The Iowa Distance Learning Association (IDLA) awarded UNI Continuing and Distance Education the 2013 Innovators Award for outstanding teaching, program design and development.
  • UNI is ranked second in the 2014 Best Regional Universities (Midwest) for public universities by U.S. News & World Report.

Manufacturing facts in Iowa:

  • Iowa is home to approximately 5,980 manufacturing firms.
  • Manufacturing contributed $27.6 billion to Iowa’s economy in 2011, representing 18.6 percent of the state’s total GDP.
  • Iowa ranks sixth among all states in its percentage of GDP from manufacturing.
  • The manufacturing sector’s 211,998 jobs accounted for 10.8 percent of Iowa’s total employment in 2011.
  • More than half (53.4 percent) of Iowa’s manufacturing jobs are located in its non-metropolitan counties.
  • The average manufacturing job in Iowa paid $2,983 in wages and salaries in 2012.
  • Manufacturing accounts for 12.7 percent of total earnings in Iowa’s metropolitan areas and 19.4 percent of total earnings in non-metropolitan regions.
  • Iowa exported $14.6 billion worth of manufactured goods to other countries in 2012.