University Mission, Role, and Scope:
Southeast Missouri State University is a regional comprehensive institution of higher education that derives its authority from the people of Missouri through the Missouri State Legislature. While serving the region, state, nation and world, the University maintains a strong commitment to the diverse 25 counties of southeast Missouri. As a multi-purpose institution, the University achieves its educational goals through the offering of degree programs and other learning experiences to its varied constituents. Recognizing its responsibility for excellence in teaching and student learning, the University supports a wide array of on and off-campus instructional, research and public service programs that address the intellectual, professional, personal, social and cultural needs of its constituent groups.
Purpose of Dual Enrollment Program
The University recognizes the nationwide movement toward collegiate programs that allow high school students of outstanding academic achievement and/or inclination the opportunity to earn collegiate credit toward an undergraduate degree prior to graduation. This movement extends from two distinct rationales:
- It is an anti-redundancy measure that seeks to preclude the outstanding student from having to repeat advanced high school courses via the usual general education programs required at most colleges and universities.
- It is a reward system that enhances the outstanding high school graduates’ potential for either the early completion of an undergraduate collegiate degree or the completion of additional collegiate work within the context of a normal four-year span.
Southeast Missouri State University recognizes the high school student as one of its important constituent groups and embraces this programmatic extension of the traditional collegiate function within the context of its off-campus outreach effort.
Early College Credit
High school students may earn "Early College Credit" by enrolling in regularly scheduled Southeast courses. These are courses taught by University faculty at one of the Southeast campuses or on the Web. Students receive University credit for completion of these courses, but typically do not receive high school credit.
A high school junior or senior with a cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale may participate in the Southeast Early College Credit program. The recommendation of a high school principal or guidance counselor also is required. Students must meet specified course prerequisites.
Complete the application for admission and merit scholarships. When completing this application select "early college credit" from the list of choices. Also, submit the one-time, non-refundable $25 application fee, an official high school transcript, official ACT or SAT scores (if taken) and a letter of recommendation from the high school principal or guidance counselor. Send these materials to:Southeast Missouri State University Office of Admissions One University Plaza Cape Girardeau, MO 63701.
For more information, contact the Southeast Office of Admissions at (573) 651-2590.
Upon notification of acceptance from the University, contact the Associate Registrar at (573) 651-2834 to set up appointment for advisement and enrollment.
Students may continue in the dual enrollment program from semester to semester by completing all coursework attempted with a grade of "C" or higher in each course. Students who earn a grade below "C" will not be allowed to continue in the dual enrollment program.
Payment Information: Early College Credit students pay 55% of the incidental fee for coursework attempted. Textbook rental fees also apply.
The Dual Credit Program at Southeast
The dual credit program at Southeast Missouri State University began officially with the promulgation of the first state guidelines in 1992 and currently serves more than 20 high schools in the University’s service region. Any high school is eligible to participate upon compliance with the state and University guidelines as published in this handbook. The University Provost as chief academic officer of the institution is responsible for the dual credit program. Responsibility for the administration and operation of the program is in turn assigned to the University Vice Provost and Office of Off-Campus Programs
Assistant Provost and High School Dual Credit Programs Staff
Dr. Randall Shaw
Assistant Provost for the School of Extended Learning(573) 651-5915
Mr. David Fuemmeler
Director of High School Dual Credit Programs(573) 986-6176
Mrs. Tonya Turner
Administrative Assistant(573) 986-6179
Other Important On Campus Contacts:
University Bookstore – Textbook Rentals
Ms. Laurie Taylor, Manager(573) 651-2737
Distance Learning Library Services
Mr. Karl Suhr, Distance Learning Librarian(573) 651-2266
Ms. Lynn McLain, Director (573) 651-2836
The Dual Credit Handbook
This handbook provides both the guidelines and operating principles of the University’s dual credit program and is divided into several appendices.