Southeast Recognized as Finalist for St. Louis Regional Chamber’s Arcus Award


Arcus AwardsST. LOUIS, Missouri, Feb. 27, 2015Southeast Missouri State University was recognized as a finalist Feb. 26 for the Arcus Award for Achievement in Educational Attainment from the St. Louis Regional Chamber.

“This is a great honor for Southeast Missouri State University. With over 24,000 alumni residing in the St. Louis region, St. Louis has long played a vital role in the success of the University,” said Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University. “That is why in 2000 Southeast opened an Outreach Office in St. Louis to better engage with St. Louis-based employers and corporate partners, establishing itself as a trusted voice in matters that influence college completion, workforce development, public policy, economic development and many other areas.”

The Arcus Award for Achievement in Educational Attainment is presented to a company for providing leadership through the creation of a program or initiative that promotes college degree attainment, improved educational outcomes or on-the-job training.

“Southeast is committed to providing all students with access to a quality and affordable education so that they can succeed in this ever-expanding globally competitive economy,” Dobbins said.

Southeast was selected by a panel of independent judges as one of 11 finalists and was recognized for these efforts highlighted in the nomination process:

  • College Access Partnership Award Program (CAP-A)
  • Partnership with The Wyman Center and The St. Louis Internship Program
  • St. Louis American Partnership
  • St. Louis Business Interview Day
  • Collaboration with employers, including regional health systems, to promote Southeast’s online degree programs and assist employees in completing a degree or obtaining an advanced degree in a timely and affordable manner.
  • Partnership with the National Education Association, allowing members to enroll in Southeast’s online graduate education courses at reduced rates.

“Through these targeted collaborations and strategic partnerships, Southeast has been able to assist in helping first-generation, minority and underrepresented students from St. Louis attain a college degree; we are working to answer the St. Louis Regional Chamber’s call to eliminate barriers that prevent students from graduating on-time and with large financial burdens,” Dobbins said.

Southeast officials say St. Louis is important to the growth and success of the University. More than 3,000 current Southeast students are from St. Louis, and the St. Louis Outreach Office serves them as well as the thousands of Southeast alumni in the metropolitan area.

Southeast also is working to create opportunities for non-traditional students and working adults to complete on-the-job training that leads to the completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree with several key efforts:

  • Participation in the Missouri Completion Academy focused on reducing a student’s time to complete a degree, addressing developmental education and implementing flexible strategies to ensure student success.
  • A redesigned and newly implemented developmental mathematics curriculum this fall with the launch of a new developmental math lab.

In addition to these improved outcomes, Southeast also has focused on these collaborations in the St. Louis area to promote college degree attainment:

  • Participant in the St. Louis Regional Chamber and its 2025 strategy sessions
  • Member of the Regional Chamber’s Higher Education Council, HR Working Group and its Missouri Public Affairs Network.

Arcus Awards were given in seven categories: educational attainment, biosciences, financial services, health, multimodal logistics, inclusion and talent attraction, and innovation and entrepreneurship. Two Signature Awards also are presented: Ameren Corporate Citizenship Award and the BMO Harris Bank St. Louis Spirit Award.

The Arcus Awards are presented to companies that demonstrate exceptional commitment to advancing the St. Louis region’s authentic economic strengths and championing a greater St. Louis.