Crowder offers bachelor programs

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Crowder College Cassville Campus will be offering students two new bachelor degree programs this fall in partnership with Missouri State University of Springfield.

The bachelor of science in general business and bachelor of science in nursing are in addition to the bachelor of science in elementary education that Crowder began last year. According to Angela Seymour, director Crowder College Cassville Campus, the new classes will be held in the same instructional television (ITV) classes that the elementary classes are held in.

"It took a while to get the bachelor in elementary education started because there was a sizable investment from Missouri State for equipment," Seymour said. "Well, now, all the structure is already there, so now it is a matter of finding classes that fit in the schedule and students are interested in taking."

Seymour explained that the campus had 32 students last fall that declared business administration as their major. The business administration degree is taken by students at the associate level who plan to transfer to a four-year college. Seymour said with the new partnership there is no need to transfer or leave the area to take the classes.

The bachelor of science in nursing program with Missouri State allows nursing students who receive their associate's degree with Crowder to then take online classes to complete the bachelor's degree.

"There are a lot of hospitals that want you to have the bachelors for administration." Seymour said.

According to Seymour there are a few reasons for students to consider the ITV classes at Crowder versus strictly online classes.

"One, you have a teacher on a monitor with cameras and a microphone in your classroom," Seymour said.

This format, explained Seymour, allows the students to have immediate feedback from the instructor. Essentially the students are just an expansion of the instructor's regular classroom. They do everything like they would if they were in a regular classroom. Also, students in the class can work together on group projects and have a network for help and conversation.

"Another benefit is that Missouri State is very dedicated to the students in the program so they hire staff here at our campus to be liaisons for the students," Seymour said.

Missouri State hired one of Crowder's adjunct instructors to sit in on part of the classes and hold office hours at the Cassville campus. The instructor becomes a point of contact for students in the Missouri State programs, according to Seymour.

Seymour explained that statistically when a student leaves home to attend classes in another city they rarely return. Offering more degree options, including bachelor degrees at the Cassville campus may help residents stay local.

"You have these intelligent people trying to get their degrees, and by sending those off we risk them not coming back," Seymour said. "If they pursue that degree here we have a better chance of keeping that talent in town."

Crowder College will enroll students in their classes till the first week of classes with classes beginning Aug. 19.

Students wishing to enroll with Crowder are encouraged to visit the administration building at the 4020 N. Main in Cassville during business hours of 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Appointments can also be made by calling the campus at 847-1367.

For more information, or to enroll in the Missouri State University bachelor programs offered at the Crowder Cassville Campus, contact Larry Nichols, outreach coordinator with Missouri State at 629-3941.

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