Academic Profile Task Force

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Anticipated trends

  • More and more, the University will be judged by the “success of its students,” rather than graduation rates, student satisfaction or other measures.
  • Missouri State will continue to rely on optimal assessment practices (program and institutional level, accreditations, analysis of regional and state needs, etc.) in order to facilitate data-based decision making.
  • Attention to shortening the time to degrees will intensify, in part to help reduce student loan debt, with both topics part of the national discussion on higher education.
  • The state and national discussion will continue about the value of baccalaureate and graduate degrees, both to society and the individual.


  • Missouri State will continue its enrollment growth while maintaining its selective admission status.
  • The University understands that employer expectations and career readiness will continue to depend upon learning foundations developed with a dynamic curriculum in the liberal arts and sciences with strong communication and 
    problem-solving skills.
  • Missouri State values and promotes interdisciplinary initiatives that will enhance career pathways and elevate the level of research.
  • Strengthening graduate education will remain vital to the University’s profile.
  • Missouri State will continue to optimize support for research clusters, such as the JVIC and Viticulture/Enology models.

Major issues

  • In addition to the traditional delivery, the University must be competent in a variety of modern delivery methods: online, hybrid/blended, incorporation of social media, short-term courses, self-paced, etc.
  • The University will want to keep pace with Missouri and national employer needs, which in 2015 were especially strong in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields, health fields and agriculture.
  • The University can further enhance its stature by the quality of research accomplished, its applied focus and the development of student talent in the research process.


Missouri State University will provide all students with an appropriate array of highly respected academic programs, research options and the opportunity for a “personalized experience,” all of which will help lead to students succeeding and fulfilling their dreams.

Questions for the next long-range plan

  • What new programs should Missouri State add to respond to both national and state priorities, as well as employer needs? Likewise, what programs should be eliminated or downsized due to weak demand?
  • What initiatives will help improve student learning while creating more convenient pathways and reducing the time to degree for capable students?
  • What, if any, changes need to be made in the academic organization to allow the University to be more responsive in the future?
  • Should “IT IQ,” valuing diversity, commitment to the public affairs mission, involvement in research 
    and other University priorities become even greater factors in recruiting and hiring new faculty?
  • Should a fund be established for strategic investment in academic areas of high career demand and emerging academic directions, including focused research?


John Jasinski
Interim Provost, Springfield Campus
Interim Chancellor, Mountain Grove Campus

Roberta Aram
Professor, School of Teaching, Learning and Developmental Sciences

Jared Bajkowski

Paul Durham
Distinguished Professor, Biology

Robert Hornberger
Assistant Vice President, Enrollment Management

John Jungmann
Community Leader, Springfield Public Schools

Timothy Knapp
Professor, Sociology and Anthropology

Cameron LaBarr
Director of Choral Studies, Music

Dennis Lancaster
Dean of Academic Affairs, West Plains Campus

Julie Masterson
Dean, Graduate College

Steve Parker
Professor, Marketing

Melissa Remley
Assistant Professor, Agriculture

Elizabeth Rozell
Associate Dean, College of Business

Charles Whitaker

Jill Wiggins
Director, Career Center

Rebecca Woodard
Professor, Kinesiology

Background materials

Interim Report (March 2015)