Chapter 5: SMSU as a Connected Organization
The University has found creative ways to collaborate with a
number of external entities, providing “seamless learning pathways” between
high schools and the University, between the University and graduate programs, between
the University and employers, and between the University and the business community.
Criteria and Core Components supported in this section include 1d, 2a, 2c, 3d, 4a, 4c, 5a, 5b, 5c, 5d.
- Career Center—The mission of the
Career Center is to provide professional
assistance and intervention to Missouri State students and alumni through the
use of career counseling, internship and fulltime job searches, and vocational
and educational information, so they may make insightful career decisions. A
description of services and constituents for this center can be found on its
Recently, CASE, received $8 million in federal Defense Department grants to help fund their work as an interdisciplinary, applied-science development-research center.
- CASE—The Center for
Applied Science and Engineering (CASE) is an interdisciplinary, applied-science
development-research center that combines the expertise of faculty and students
from Missouri State with the expertise of research and development scientists
from leading advanced technology corporations. The primary focus of CASE is to
facilitate research that moves from high-risk research and development to
product development. Recently, CASE received $8 million in federal Defense Department
grants to help fund the activities of this research center. The Center policies
include an innovative, industry-friendly intellectual property arrangement.
CASE currently has 12 corporate partners
and provides research space, state-of-the art equipment, and the intellectual
environment for CASE-associated faculty, students, and corporate-partner
scientists to work together. In collaboration with the City of Springfield, CASE is developing the
Innovation Center, a dedicated facility that will co-locate the research of
several corporate partners with the research of CASE associate faculty and
their students. The renovation is to be completed in early 2007.
- Nurse Anesthesia—By collaborating with The Southwest
School of Anesthesia at St. John’s hospital, Missouri State has developed the M.S. in Nurse Anesthesia,
wherein clinical instruction is integral to the program. Approximately one-half
of the courses are taught with on-the-job clinical experiences for the
- Clinical Instruction—A dozen master’s programs and
many undergraduate programs have health-related aspects. These programs require
clinical education experiences, such as internships, externships, and clinical
rotations. During the last three years, for example, the M.S. in Physician
Assistant Studies developed agreements and placed students in more than 200 clinical
practice sites in 93 communities and 19 states. More than 50 of these sites are
recurrent clinical-practice placement sites for Missouri State students.
- Joplin-Based MAT—The Master of Arts in Teaching is an
innovative program that provides individuals with a subject-based bachelor’s degree
with the required pedagogy competencies for secondary teacher certification
while obtaining a master’s degree. Considerable program work is in secondary
school settings. Missouri State regularly offers this program from the Springfield campus. However, in an effort to extend resources and meet regional needs, Missouri State and Missouri Southern State University have collaborated to provide students
a jointly taught, Joplin-based MAT program involving faculty from both
institutions, with both institutions acknowledged on the diploma.
In 1997, the University joined with the University of Missouri to offer an Ed.D in Educational Leadership.
- Cooperative Doctorate—In 1997, the University joined with
the University of Missouri-Columbia to offer an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership.
After several years, SMSU added Joplin as an additional access site for the program.
For this statewide effort, the curriculum and operations of the program have
been guided by the faculty of the collaborating institutions. The Ed.D. course
work is part of the Missouri State offerings with faculty in the Missouri State
Department of Educational Administration teaching and mentoring student
research, but the degree is conferred by the University of Missouri—Columbia. Every
two years approximately 20 students enter the
State component of the program.
- Service Grants—The University collaborates with
community groups, county and city governments, and state agencies on many
grant-funded programs. Examples include
- Work with county and city governments by the Center for Resource
Planning and Management
- Collaboration between Greene County and the
and Water Quality Institute
- Joint grants with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks
- Projects with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary
- Missouri Local Government Program projects.
- Southwest Regional Professional Development Center—The College
of Education engages in a number of initiatives with K-12 schools that are
community based and focused on meeting the needs of those most directly
dependent on higher education for support. These projects include supporting area
schools at risk of losing state accreditation, regional outreach projects for meeting
the needs of children with disabilities, working with Hispanic children and
their families, and working in schools and communities with high poverty rates.
Additional examples include the Ozarks Partnership Teachers Enhancement Initiative (OPTEI) program, a “Teacher
Quality Enhancement" project funded by the United States Department of
Education, as well as the
- The BASE Program—Developed by the Springfield Public School system for “at-risk” high school students, this program has helped lower the
dropout rate for the school district. Since 1998, the Educational Technology
Center (ETC) has partnered with the BASE program by having more than 15 BASE
students work for the equipment delivery area of the ETC. All of these students
have had a very positive impact on the ETC, and the social and work skills they
have gained through the partnership have been invaluable to their subsequent successes.
- Accreditations and Certifications—The University has
regularly sought and achieved professional
accreditation for those undergraduate and graduate programs that have
specialized accrediting organizations. Among Missouri State’s numerous undergraduate programs, only six of those that could be accredited are not.
For the graduate programs, sixteen organizations provide discipline-specific
accreditation for more than half of the University’s 43 graduate degree
programs (Graduate Catalog, p. 49). Only two relatively new master’s programs (M.
Health Administration and M. Public Health), among those graduate programs
where such accreditation exists, have not yet sought this distinction.
The English Language Institute provides courses in language and culture … encourages curiosity and community building … helps students make a transition into their graduate program of choice.
activities for high school students - Almost every college and department
sponsors activities that bring secondary school students and teachers to campus.
While these events are recruitment tools for the University, they also serve
constituents by introducing students to campus facilities, by giving them a
taste of academic life at the university level, and by providing faculty with
input from teachers on how the departments might better serve their needs.
- International student programs - Missouri State houses several programs that assist international students in making a transition
into American academic life, both at the undergraduate and graduate level:
- The English Language Institute
provides courses in language and culture for students whose TOEFL scores are
below those required for admission to the Graduate College. Housed within the College of Continuing Education, these courses are offered at five levels; students are
placed in course levels according to their abilities. The relatively small
course size fosters collegiality and encourages curiosity and community
building, thus helping students make a transition into their graduate programs
These numerous examples demonstrate that Missouri State has been willing to engage in partnerships and collaborations that challenge its
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