Southeast Partners with MAC on Reverse Transfer Agreement
Perryville Computer Lab Announcedby News Bureau on
PERRYVILLE, Mo., Sept. 17, 2012 – Southeast Missouri State University and Mineral Area College (MAC) have entered into an agreement that will allow current and future Southeast students to transfer their credits to and earn an Associate of Arts (AA) degree from MAC.
The announcement was made today at a news conference at the Perryville Higher Education Center in the Doheny Museum.
Also announced today is Southeast’s investment of $200,000 for the addition of a new computer lab and student lounge at Southeast’s Perryville Campus.
Reverse Transfer Agreement
Under the reverse transfer agreement signed today, Southeast students currently or previously enrolled in Southeast classes may seek admission to and transfer up to 52 credit hours to MAC towards completion of an Associate of Arts degree. Students must complete at least 12 MAC credit hours at any MAC location or online; the hours do not have to be the last 12 credit hours of the degree program. The 12 credit hours, however, must meet the requirements of the AA degree as outlined in the MAC catalog. The curriculum will use courses from both institutions, and the degree will be granted by MAC. Students must meet MAC requirements for the degree as specified in MAC’s catalog.
“The reverse transfer agreement will provide an easy process for Southeast Missouri State University students to qualify and receive an associate of arts degree,” said Dr. Steven Kurtz, president of Mineral Area College. “We appreciate the quick response of Southeast Missouri State University for this agreement to come to reality. This agreement is very important as reverse transfer was a component identified in HB 1042 that was signed into law this year.”
Southeast officials says students seeking the MAC AA degree must take Southeast courses that articulate with the MAC 42-credit hour general education program, two credit hours of physical education activity courses and 18-20 credit hours of electives selected with the help of a Southeast or MAC advisor.
According to the agreement, for financial aid, Southeast and MAC will use existing individual consortium agreements as needed when students are taking courses at both institutions. In addition, MAC will share class schedules with Southeast advisors to assist students in selecting classes.
The three-year agreement begins this fall and ends in summer 2015. The cooperative program will be reviewed at the end of each spring semester by the chief academic officers at Southeast and MAC to determine the program’s effectiveness. If the agreement is discontinued, Southeast and MAC have agreed to provide all currently enrolled students at least three years to complete their AA degree.
According to Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University, the continuing great partnership between MAC and Southeast is one of the greatest assets in this region.
“Mineral Area College, the community of Perryville, and Southeast Missouri State University have all worked together to bring educational opportunities to the people of this area,” Dobbins said. “I can say, without reservation, that our partnership with MAC is one of the most successful university-community college partnerships in the state.”
Dobbins also announced today the establishment of a new computer lab and student lounge for the Perryville campus. The 20-station lab will meet the increasing use of technology in instruction and learning and enhance the environment for Perryville students.
The new lab, which will be both open and instructional, will feature a rich array of online resources and applications. The lab will be located in the lower level in Room 016 on the north end of the building and will be adjacent to a new student lounge area that will feature tables and chairs, sofas and lounge chairs.
This will be the Perryville campus’ third computer lab. An open/instructional lab with 24 stations is currently located in Room 101 on the main floor. A second open/instructional lab with 14 stations is located on the second floor in the center of the building.
The new lab will be designed and completed this academic year.
Funding for the new computer lab comes from an increase in the state budget approved by the Missouri Legislature in May to address a disparity in per student state funding among the state’s universities. The funding increase was based on appropriations per student and included $885,969 for Southeast.
The increase was proposed by former Missouri House Speaker Steve Tilley of Perryville, who was on hand for today’s announcement.