Missouri Western has introduced a teach-out program to students whose majors or concentrations are being phased out of the university. As several departments including communications, computer science and several others lost concentrations and majors, students are utilizing the teach-out program in order to graduate.
Missouri Western’s Interim President Elizabeth Kennedy shares that students who are affected by this process may not have a variety of options within the program, but transition advisors are working hard to make this process as easy as possible.
In April, students whose degrees are affected by the phaseout received an email from their department or concentrations transition advisor introducing themselves and offering their guidance in the teach-out program.
“Their job is to keep students on track and make sure they are making good progress.” Kennedy said.
Kennedy also shares that Missouri Western’s teach-out program lasts for a three-year period, whereas other universities’ teach-out programs typically last about one to two years. This decision was made before former President Wilson left last spring.
“This creates a clear path for students to graduate,” Kennedy said.
Vice President of Academic Affairs Doug Davenport said the plan is for the faculty working with the teach-out program to put students on track to graduate or satisfy their concentrations within those three years. The most unique aspect of Missouri Westerns' teach-out program is its partnership with other universities.
“Park University, University of Missouri-Kansas City and Missouri State University are in agreement that they offer certain classes that are no longer available at Missouri Western,” Davenport said.
Davenport shares that students who are honored classes at these institutions will not be charged a different tuition rate, and their degree will still be earned through Missouri Western. The only disadvantages of this is learning to use other schools’ online learning platforms and accessing grades from two different schools.
“Some of these institutions don’t use canvas for assignments,” Kennedy said.
Kennedy was told that students will have to learn to navigate this process with their transition advisors. Kennedy and Davenport also encourage students to be mindful of the process that faculty is guiding them in and giving positive and constructive feedback on their work this semester.
Along with Kennedy and Davenport, Elaine Bryant has been passionate about communicating with these students and making sure they’re well-guided. Bryant is the head of the operation and the director of the advising team. If students have any questions or need to be connected with a transition advisor, they’re encouraged to reach out to Bryant.
To find out more about the programs being phased out you can also visit the academic affairs department of the Missouri Western website and read more.