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East Central College Academic Advisor Honored with Statewide Award

Nearly two years ago, Steffani McCrary joined East Central College as an academic advisor. When she got there, she brought something from her secondary education background with her. “I thought adding DECA would be a great addition to campus,” she said. “It benefits students in so many ways.” Missouri DECA provides services to students enrolled in Marketing and Cooperative Education programs throughout the state. DECA’s comprehensive learning program integrates into classroom instruction, applies learning, connects to business and promotes competition. It prepares emerging ... Read more

SCC purchased One Academy Place allowing for new and expanded programming

St. Charles Community College made history when the college closed on One Academy Place in Dardenne Prairie last week. This property will serve as the college’s first satellite location, and its initial intent will be to expand Nursing and Allied Health offerings and develop additional workforce and industry programs. The 69,000-square-foot building was the former site of Barat Academy. It was purchased by Lindenwood in September 2012, and SCC leased approximately 26,000 square feet of the building’s space for its Nursing and ... Read more

Get more out of your MCCA membership

As an MCCA member, you are a part of something bigger. You're strengthening your college's voice in the state capitol, and you're making it possible for our colleges to explore new best practices together. Through your membership, you've had a positive impact on every community college and community college employee in the state. But what's in it for you? You benefit from our advocacy efforts, but there's so much more that you can gain from your membership. The tough part is that you'll ... Read more

Free resources for you to use in the classroom

Between tight budgets and time poverty—you can’t afford to reinvent the wheel, and the good news is that you don’t have to. There are thousands of free or low-cost resources out there that you can use in your classroom. They’re called open educational resources, or OER for short. And, if you know where to look, you can find everything from syllabi, to textbooks, to assignments, simulations and games. There’s so much available, that finding what you’re looking for can be a challenge, so ... Read more

Non-credit longitudinal data project update

Non-credit longitudinal data project update Below are a few updates from Ronda Anderson on progress of the scorecard project: Work on several aspects of the project is currently taking place - IRG, the contractor that received the award for the development phase of the Scorecard Project, is working to enhance the longitudinal database to support the additional information for Scorecard. Work is has begun with ESP, the vendor that maintains EMSAS, for the quarterly upload of the Noncredit Supplemental Data File.  The file will include ... Read more

Jefferson College uses open source software to beef up student advising

Jefferson College PREP Information from Jefferson College on Vimeo. Last fall, Jefferson College implemented an integrated planning and advising system called Student Success Plan, to support students in the MoSTEMWINs Grant programs. Student Success Plan is an open source, customizable software package developed by Sinclair Community College. Jefferson’s custom installation has been branded Personal Resource and Education Plan or PREP. PREP provides students with a personalized map to their academic and career success.  At this time, this service is available to students studying ... Read more

MoSTEMWINs Longitudinal Data Project Update – March

At this month's meeting, the Data Advisory Task Force finalized what will be collected in the new noncredit reporting system and discussed how the system will integrate with Missouri's Eligible Training Provider System. The group tentatively established April 27 for the next meeting. Below is a summary of the changes that were made to the Non-Credit Supplemental Data File. Non-Credit Supplemental Data File Changes Field 3 – Site ID Some colleges asked for guidance on what to do if they offered the training program at ... Read more

Mid-Session Report: A look back at our progress

Now that we’re at the midpoint of the legislative session, we thought it might be a good idea to step back and take a look at the big picture of how our priorities have progressed thus far. The draft state budget was just passed by the House and sent to the Senate last week. As it stands now, community colleges are set to receive a $4.5 million increase in equity funding. If the state exceeds 3.1 percent revenue growth, all of Missouri’s public higher ... Read more

State budget approved by the House

The House of Representatives finalized their version of the FY 2017 budget this week, totaling $27.1 billion.  As we’ve reported over the last few weeks, there have been many substantial changes during the budgeting process this year.  With the House wrapping up their work, we are pleased that many of our top community college priorities made the cut.  The House version of the bill includes a $4.5 million increase in community college equity funding, an additional $2.5 million to fully fund ... Read more

MCCA testifies to keep the A+ program fully-funded

Also this week, MCCA testified against HB 1383, sponsored by Rep. Keith English, which would expand the A+ Scholarship Program to graduates of any high school--public or private--that meet program requirements. This proposal has been introduced unsuccessfully over the last several years, and MCCA has opposed it every time. Rep. English argued that the state has enough funding for the program and would like to see all students have the ability to utilize it.  The Missouri Catholic Conference also spoke in favor ... Read more
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