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Introducing MIZZOUMACC, A Partnership Designed to Help Students Transition to MU

MU and Moberly Area Community College sign Memorandum of Understanding

May 1st, 2017

Story Contact: Nathan Hurst, 573-882-6217, hurstn@missouri.edu

COLUMBIA, Mo. ­— Officials from the University of Missouri and Moberly Area Community College (MACC) signed a memorandum of understanding today that will ensure students can transition between the two schools seamlessly.

Called MIZZOUMACC, the initiative is administered through MU’s Community College Pathways Program. As part of the agreement, as many as 30 MACC students will be admitted into MU during the next academic year. Student progress will be closely tracked and the program could be expanded based on the success of the cohort of students.

“This program is an excellent example of how the University of Missouri is working with our community college partners to ensure that Missouri citizens have access to high-quality, affordable higher education,” said Hank Foley, MU interim chancellor. “It is my hope that MIZZOUMACC sets the blueprint for similar relationships throughout the Midwest, providing students with access to one of the nation’s premier research universities while keeping costs affordable.”

The initiative will reduce potential time and cost to bachelor’s degree completion. It also enhances academic advising partnerships between the student, MU and MACC to ensure course transferability.

“This agreement creates another pathway for our students to be successful in their higher education,” said Jeffery C, Lashley, president of MACC. “This partnership with the university is very important to MACC and a tremendous opportunity for our students.  It serves as an excellent example of two institutions working together and keeping students as the top priority.”

Pelema Morrice, MU’s vice provost for enrollment management, said the agreement will help to strengthen the university’s recruitment of promising students from MACC. Last fall, Mizzou welcomed over 320 transfer students from two-year colleges, and nearly one in three of those students hailed from MACC.

“Many MU graduates began their college careers at community colleges, and these schools provide a crucial stepping stone for students and families,” Morrice said. “This is a pathway we want to help define and simplify for our potential students.”

To view the full MIZZOUMACC agreement, click here.

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