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Missouri Western State University

A couple of new student-oriented programs in the works at Missouri Western State University will help students find the right major and graduate on time.

During the Board of Governors meeting inside Blum Student Union on Thursday, vice presidents from multiple departments at Missouri Western shared progress reports.

First up was Dr. Jeanne Daffron, the provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, who spoke about an initiative called “15 to Finish” that derives from Complete College America (CCA).

Dafforn said the program recommends that students take 15 credit hours per semester so they can finish school within four years.

“The CCA initiative is built on evidence,” she said. “There has been a lot of research into what course loads work for students and they developed recommendations around that.”

Before the university fully implements “15 to Finish,” Daffron said they are planning to adapt the concept to make work better for Missouri Western.

“We have a number of students who like to take summer courses,” she said. “They may take fewer courses during fall and spring semester, so there are a variety of ways to adapt it. The program is really encouraging students to complete their degree in a fairly short amount of time, and financially that’s better for them.”

Daffron then brought up “Meta Majors,” another program that already is being used at the university this academic year that is designed to help undeclared students find the major that fits them best.

“We describe it as a focus area,” she said. “When students come to us, they may identify that they really want to do something related to science, or humanities or business. After they discover that focus, then we can help them narrow that down through that funnel as they proceed on through their curriculum.”

Daffron added that Academic Affairs plans to continue developing the “Meta Majors” initiative to see what practices work best for students.

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