Concurrent Enrollment Numbers Jump at MSSU - KOAM TV 7

Concurrent Enrollment Numbers Jump at MSSU


More high schools are offering dual credit classes. Lamar just started offering English and Math and Carthage added to it's current offerings with two biology classes. 
          Partnerships that mean success for Missouri Southern State University in its concurrent enrollment numbers.   

Carthage high senior Morgan Brown listened intently to her anatomy and physiology teacher. A college level biology class giving her dual credits from Missouri Southern.

Brown said,  "It makes me not have to take  as many of those classes in college and it saves time allow me to graduate earlier, cause I want  to get my master’s degree as quickly as possible."

Classmate Riley Kabance added,  "I feel like it’s easier now cause it’s more interaction with the teacher." 

Brett Meeker is the Director of Concurrent Enrollment at MSSU and said growth in the program is huge.  "Over the past six years our enrollment  has doubled. In the past year, it’s increased 30 percent," said Meeker.

Carthage senior Alyssa Talley takes college credit because, “First off they're cheaper than if you were to take them in college. I think it helps   to get them out of the way. And because it’s a longer  span of time than if you were to take them in college." Talley said that gives students more time to learn the subject and absorb what the teacher is saying.

High school students pay just fifty dollars a credit hour to MSSU.

Meeker argued that it still good. “It  does help the university cause they're taking those classes from us!" exclaimed Meeker.

Those cheaper credits now can pay off for the university later when students enroll full or part time at MSSU students.
In 2017-18 year twenty-six  percent of dual credit students enrolled  at southern. This year so far nineteen percent of dual credit students chose Southern

Meeker said,  "They may be able to extend some of those classes while they're  here to get additional degrees and additional   certifications while here which is a win win for the university and a win win for the students  cause they  make themselves more marketable." 

Carthage had just seven dual credit classes  in  2010,   now there are twenty-three. Some are offered  through Crowder College. The challenge for high schools is having qualified teachers. They  need a masters degree  or eighteen  hours of study in the content area. 

Carthage Principal Matt Huntley said, "As soon as we have someone leave or retire, then we'll be in a fix trying to find the right person to take the job." Huntley said the program has grown organically at the high school at the suggestion of current teachers.

When teachers aren't available at schools,  students can take  college credit classes online which many are doing at small rural schools adding to Southerns concurrent enrollment growth.

          Crowder college which offers numerous dual credit classes  and online, has seen a more than 15-percent increase in concurrent enrollment. 


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