The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

July 18, 2013

Crowder officials sign new pact with Missouri State University

By Roger McKinney

NEOSHO, Mo. — A new agreement between Crowder College and Missouri State University, Springfield, allows Crowder students to pursue bachelor’s degrees in nursing and social work from MSU.

The agreement was signed Thursday by officials from the two institutions.

Crowder and MSU already have programs in agriculture, business and education at the Neosho campus, and in education and business at campuses in Cassville and Nevada.

“We want to give our students as many high quality options after graduation as possible,” said Glenn Coltharp, Crowder vice president of academic affairs. “When a student graduates from Crowder College with an associate degree, he or she needs to have a variety of options on moving right into bachelor’s degree programs.

 “Crowder College offers programs from a quality faculty with high standards, an affordable tuition rate and easy access. We want our partnership programs to meet those same indicators. Working with Missouri State University to develop these partnerships was very easy because they had the same goal.”

Last week, Crowder officials signed an agreement with officials with Central Methodist University, Fayette. It was for bachelor’s degrees in nursing, accounting, business administration and applied behavior analysis. The last of those was a new degree offering for CMU. It could be used by professionals who deal with people with autism.

Other agreements

Crowder College also offers bachelor’s degrees through an agreement with Missouri Southern State University, Joplin. There are similar agreements with Pittsburg (Kan.) State University and the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.