- Associated Press - Thursday, October 29, 2015

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - A plan for the University of Iowa to offer a Master of Business Administration program in Dubuque has been put on hold.

The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1GzkKXW ) the University of Iowa planned to offer an MBA program in Dubuque that would be open to the entire corporate community at the request of John Deere Dubuque Works employees.

In an email to members of the Iowa Coordinating Council for Post-High School Education, the university said it plans to put the program on hold based on feedback from the Dubuque community.

Representatives with Clarke University, Loras College and the University of Dubuque opposed the plan, saying their institutions already offer accredited MBA programs.

“Between the three of us, I think we’re all covering the market pretty well,” said Jeffrey Bullock, University of Dubuque president.

Loras President Jim Collins said he understands why John Deere employees in Iowa’s MCA program would want a site closer than the current locations in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines or the Quad Cities. But he said he is concerned that a request from a few employees at one business expanded a plan for the entire community.

“It seems to me it could get well beyond the scope of its original intent,” he said.

Ken Golden, director of global public relations for Deere & Co., said the company generally does not take a position on where universities or colleges should locate their programs, but that it did not object to employees inquiring about the master’s programs.

University of Iowa officials contacted by the newspaper Wednesday said no one was available to comment for the story.

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Information from: Telegraph Herald, https://www.thonline.com

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