SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) - Southeast Missouri State University plans to begin offering an associate degree program at its satellite campuses starting in the fall of 2014.
The university says the Associate's Plus degree is a two-year degree with an option for students to go on to earn a bachelor's degree.
The partnership is between Southeast Missouri State University and Missouri State University-West Plains. It will allow students at Southeast's regional campuses in Sikeston, Malden, and Kennett to earn a two-year Associate of Arts from Missouri State-West Plains.
Southeast President Kenneth W. Dobbins and Missouri State University-West Plains Chancellor Drew Bennett made the announcement Tuesday at Southeast’s regional campuses in Sikeston, Malden and Kennett, Mo.
Under the reverse transfer agreement, Southeast regional campus students may earn an Associate of Arts after completing 62 credit hours, 15 of which will be from Missouri State-West Plains. The 15 credit hours will be available online, and students may complete them while attending a Southeast regional campus. The remaining hours will be taught by Southeast faculty at a Southeast regional campus. At 62 credit hours, Missouri State-West Plains will grant an Associate of Arts.
No additional application fee is required to participate, and regional campus students may use Southeast’s A+ Scholarship program, with the same qualifiers as the state program, while completing their lower-level coursework. Students may remain enrolled as a Southeast student and simultaneously enroll in one or more classes through Missouri State-West Plains. Missouri State-West Plains will offer several online courses in biology, computer science and macroeconomics, and other general education courses available to Southeast students every semester.
The new collaboration is in response to state and federal mandates to partner with other Missouri institutions and to find ways to increase the number of degree/certificate holders in the area. Southeast and Missouri State-West Plains officials worked with the Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE) for review before proceeding with the program.
Southeast students can earn a four-year bachelor’s degree at Southeast’s regional campuses in Sikeston, Kennett and Malden. Southeast offers 10 bachelor’s degree programs available entirely at its regional campuses with eight programs offered completely online. Students may also earn an A.S. in dental hygiene at Southeast’s Sikeston campus in cooperation with Missouri Southern State University.