College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Magazine honors online learning programs as ‘model of efficiency’

Tom Brumm, professor-in-charge of online learning

Iowa State University is one of eight colleges and universities recognized by University Business magazine’s Models of Efficiency program, which recognizes innovative approaches for streamlining higher education operations through improvements in technology or business processes.

Iowa State was honored for merging the online departments of its College of Engineering and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences into a joint department, streamlining business processes, reducing the number of duplicated services and reducing personnel costs, while offering more courses to more students for lower fees.

Models of Efficiency is sponsored by Higher One, a leading solutions provider for higher education business office operations. The latest honorees are featured in the magazine’s July/August issue; full descriptions of their projects can be found at

“Efficient business operations translate into better experiences for students and administrators alike, and the Models of Efficiency program aims to encourage schools to prioritize service,” says Tim Goral, editor-in-chief of University Business. “Iowa State University has shown that when a school improves efficiency and reduces costs, it benefits the institution and students alike.”

Other 2012 honorees include: California State University, Bernardino; Old Dominion University; Northeast Wisconsin Technical College; Texas A&M Health Science Center; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Worldwide Campus; Northern Arizona University; and Western Washington University.