Cape Girardeau Partnership for Higher Education Reports Successful First Year

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 2, 2011 — After finalizing the analysis of the first full year of operation of the Cape Girardeau Partnership for Higher Education at the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center, Dr. Ken Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University, says the collaborative higher education arrangement has been very successful. Enrollments have consistently increased and more students were able to access community college-type classes in this community. The educational collaboration includes Southeast and Three Rivers providing the general education instruction, with associate of arts degrees administered by Three Rivers, and associate of applied science degrees offered by Mineral Area. Students who complete the associate of arts degree will be able to easily transfer all their credits to Southeast or to any other public baccalaureate-granting institution. In its first semester last fall, 189 students were enrolled for classes while about 200 enrolled for the spring semester. Approximately 100 students have been participating in the first summer session. To date, more than 200 students have signed up for courses this fall, and between 250 and 300 students are projected to enroll. Courses have expanded from 30 last fall to 50 for the upcoming semester. Increasing enrollments throughout the academic year equated, Dobbins said, for Partnership revenue of almost $160,000, an amount which will be evenly distributed between two of the partners, Southeast and Three Rivers. Those funds will be used to offset one-time start-up expenditures of approximately $62,000. “I have been very pleased with the cooperation and coordination we’ve experienced with all our partners in this endeavor,” Dobbins said. “The success of the Partnership is due in large part to the hard work of all our institutions’ faculty and staff, especially in the areas of Southeast’s Student Financial Services, and the three campuses’ registrars, admissions, and the marketing staffs. They have spent countless hours working through the issues that have occurred along the way, but all have been dedicated to working together for the good of our students.” The Cape Girardeau Partnership for Higher Education service region includes the Advance R-IV, Cape Girardeau 63, Chaffee R-II, Delta R-V, Jackson R-II, Kelso C-7, Leopold R-III, Oak Ridge R-VI, Scott City R-I, Scott County R-IV (Benton) and Woodland R-IV public school districts. Enrollments currently are being accepted for the Fall 2011 semester.