Regents Approve Offering Educational Administration Graduate Programs at Additional Off-Campus Sites

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Feb. 26, 2004 – The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today approved a proposal to make the University’s specialist degree in educational administration and master of arts degree in school administration available at additional off-campus sites in Southeast’s service region.

The two degrees, offered through the Department of Educational Administration and Counseling, have been successfully offered off-campus in the southern part of Southeast’s service region for several years, according to Dr. I. Sue Shepard, professor of educational administration and interim dean of the College of Education.

Several classes necessary for these degrees are currently offered at some sites in the University’s northern service region, according to Dr. Robert Buchanan, assistant professor and chair of the Department of Educational Administration and Counseling. However, students at these sites have not had access to the entire degree programs.

Now, beginning with the summer 2004 semester and pending the approval of the Coordinating Board for Higher Education, the two degree programs will be expanded to sites associated with Southeast in the University’s northern service region, including Mineral Area College in Park Hills, Mo.; Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Mo.; Perryville Area Higher Education Center in Perryville, Mo.; Farmington Public Schools in Farmington, Mo.; and sites in the St. Louis, Mo., area.

Offering the complete degree programs at these additional locations will make it more convenient for professionals living in these areas who want to further their education, according to Shepard.

“With everyone’s busy schedule, it is important to provide easy access to education,” Shepard said. “It is essential to take as much academic work as possible to sites that are convenient to students,” she said.

According to Shepard, surveys conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Southeast’s Department of Educational Administration and Counseling demonstrated national and local need for qualified education administrators. This trend, coupled with interest from students in the University’s northern service region, led to the proposal to offer the two degree programs at the additional locations.

Enrollment for traditional and interactive television (ITV) classes offered through the expanded program is estimated at 36 part-time students for the next five years. This figure will be increased by students who enroll in Web-based classes, Shepard said.

The two programs are accredited by the National Council of Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE).