The Dispute Between SEMO and TRCC Could Have a Resolution

The Dispute Between SEMO and TRCC Could Have a Resolution
By: Ryan Tate
Sikeston, MO - Southeast Missouri State University President Ken Dobbins and Three Rivers Community College President John Cooper met Monday to discuss their differences. Those differences could cause almost 900 TRCC students to make a decision about where they will attend classes next year.
Starting next year, SEMO will offer Bachelor of General Studies degrees at its higher education centers in Malden, Kennett and Sikeston. That means TRCC will no longer be able to hold classes at those locations.
Dobbins and Cooper met with Missouri Higher Education Commissioner Gregory Fitch to help resolve their differences. Dobbins says Fitch will put together discussion points about their meeting, then both presidents will take those back to their respective Board of Regents.
Dobbins expects the issues between the two schools could be resolved by the end of the week.
More than 1,600 SEMO students attend the higher education centers in the Bootheel.