MSSU Inks Agreement for Seamless Transfer for OTC Grads

May 9, 2012
University Relations & Marketing

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Dr. Shirley Lawler, vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs at OTC, signed a new articulation agreement Wednesday with Dr. Bruce Speck, MSSU president. 
JOPLIN, MO (SNS) - Students who have completed an associate's degree can now transfer seamlessly into a four-year online degree program at Missouri Southern State University following the signing of a new agreement between MSSU and Ozarks Technical Community College in Springfield.
The MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) between Southern and OTC was made official Wednesday morning when administrators with both institutions approved the agreement at a special ceremony at OTC's Information Commons building located at their Springfield campus.
The new agreement, designed for OTC graduates who have earned an Associate of Applied Science or an Associate of Science degree, means they can easily transfer into MSSU's Bachelor of Applied Science degree programs.
Dr. Tia Strait, MSSU's dean of the School of Health Science, Public Safety and Technology, along with Dr. Richard Miller, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at MSSU, first approached OTC last year about creating an agreement that would make it easier for two-year applied science graduates to earn a bachelor's degree. The institutions had collaborated in the past and MSSU administrators knew an online program would be convenient and cost-effective.
"This has been a great cooperative project with OTC. This bachelor’s degree supports about 40 degree programs from OTC," said Dr. Strait. "It will enhance students’ knowledge and skills to help them move into leadership roles, to be entrepreneurs and to have their own businesses.”
The students will be eligible to apply for a number of transfer scholarships offered by MSSU, including the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship and the Board of Governor's University Academic Transfer Scholarship. More information is online at
"We are pleased to have signed this agreement," said Dr. Hal Higdon, chancellor at OTC. "We are constantly looking for new articulation agreements with four-year institutions that are of benefit to our students."
The agreement will go into effect immediately with the first class of transfer students beginning this fall.
"These sorts of agreements are a reflection of how institutions can work together to maximize opportunities for students," said MSSU President Bruce Speck. "We're pleased that OTC shares our mission of making a college degree affordable and convenient for students."