Southeast Collaborating on Foreign Language, Economics Instruction

dome1CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 1, 2010 — Southeast Missouri State University entered into two academic program agreements with other Missouri public universities last week during a workshop in Columbia, Mo., in which academic leaders gathered to explore ways institutions can share courses and programs.

Dr. Ron Rosati, Southeast provost, said collaborative academic programs allow the partnering universities to strengthen their academic offerings and expand coursework available to students while simultaneously addressing growing financial concerns. Missouri’s financial situation has created serious budget challenges for Missouri public higher education. He said the agreements entered into this week demonstrate Southeast’s commitment and the commitment of Missouri’s public colleges and universities to promote and enhance efficiencies in their operations.

Under the first memorandum of agreement, Southeast’s Department of Foreign Languages and Anthropology joined the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Central Missouri; the Department of English, Foreign Languages and Journalism at Missouri Western State University; and the Modern and Classical Languages Department at Missouri State University to collaboratively offer high-quality distance education courses that primarily address the needs of upper-division French and German students.

The agreement is effective with the fall 2011 semester.

Faculty teaching coalition courses may reside at any of the partnering institutions.  Students taking coalition courses remain in residence at their home universities, receive credit at their home institution, pay tuition to their home institution, and generally follow the same practices they follow for their other courses, said Dr. Ron Rosati, Southeast provost.

He said the universities will assess the effectiveness of the agreement each year at which time they will discuss possibly inviting other institutions to join or voluntary withdrawals from the consortium.

Under the second memorandum of agreement, Southeast has joined the Missouri Instructional Coalition for Economics along with Northwest Missouri State University and the University of Central Missouri. The coalition is designed to enhance economics education in Missouri by collaboratively offering academic programming to address the emerging human resource needs of industry, government and higher education.

Rosati says the partnering institutions will collaborate to offer undergraduate economics coursework beginning in fall 2011. Students may use the coursework on their respective campuses to complete undergraduate degree programs in economics and related fields, he said.

The coalition also agreed to develop additional partnerships as the need arises to address any forthcoming challenges concerning economics education.