IOWA CITY (AP) A newly installed online school offers a more flexible, personalized experience and more flexible work environment, and it could soon open in Iowa, where Gov.
Kim Reynolds said Tuesday that she wants to expand online learning.
The new online college and university in Cedar Rapids is the latest in a long line of Iowa-based online colleges and universities.
They are attracting more students, with many of them coming from across the country.
Iowa offers online learning programs in Iowa State University, Northern Iowa Community College, Iowa Community Colleges and Western Iowa Community Schools.
“We’re building a digital economy that will bring economic benefits and the opportunity for all Iowa families to take advantage of our online workforce,” Reynolds said in a statement.
“We’re seeing a resurgence in the number of Iowa online students.
And our online colleges are making it easier for more Iowa students to access higher education.”
The online college, named The Iowa Academy, will open in the fall and will offer students from all levels from junior high through graduate school, said Elizabeth Henson, its president.
The academy’s classes will be taught in a classroom setting, and the online program will include online tools, a Webinar and a portfolio.
The academy will be staffed by about 30 faculty members and students who are expected to have some experience working online, she said.
Henson said the academy will focus on a core curriculum of online learning and the skills students will acquire from their studies.
The college will have an emphasis on providing a professional development and career development opportunity for the faculty and students, she added.
The online school will offer courses in areas such as marketing, health, finance, accounting, health care, technology, manufacturing, health systems, health information technology and other related fields.
Students will have access to an on-campus office and library where they can connect with professors, according to a description of the online college.
The college is the fourth online college to open in Cedar Falls.
In June, Iowa State launched the College of Technology, which is a college focused on technology.
It will offer a degree in business administration and computer science.
The Iowa State College of Science and Engineering is a university focused on environmental engineering.