Crowder College, CMU Establish Partnership

Students gain opportunities for four-year degrees

Officials from Crowder College and Central Methodist University signed an agreement providing area students the opportunity to complete several bachelor's degrees programs with CMU while staying in southwest Missouri.

A Crowder student completing his or her associate's degree will be able to pursue a bachelor's degree in Nursing (Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing), Accounting, Business and Applied Behavior Analysis - Autism with CMU.

This agreement provides Crowder students with an avenue to remain in the area and complete a four-year degree. Coursework begins next month.

"We are excited to partner with Central Methodist University through these joint programs," stated Dr. Glenn Coltharp, Crowder vice president of academic affairs.

"CMU is a leader in the Midwest in so many areas, one of which is distance learning," Coltharp noted. "The avenue in which this partnership is delivered is mainly through distance learning. We have enjoyed developing the joint programs with Central Methodist University and look forward to a successful partnership."

"We know our partnership with Crowder will be beneficial to both colleges, but the real winners will be the students," noted Dr. Rita Gulstad, Vice President and Dean at CMU. "Streamlining the path to a four-year degree, and making high quality programs accessible at Crowder, is the goal for both institutions."

For more information about the new Central Methodist programs available through Crowder, contact Aimee Sage, Director of Admissions for CMU's College of Graduate and Extended Studies, at 660-248-6651, or by e-mail at Information can also be found on websites for both Crowder ( and CMU (

Crowder College is a two-year community college located in southwest Missouri. Enrollment over the last 10 years has almost doubled with 5,590 students attending Crowder in the fall 2012 semester. Crowder offers over 80 degrees and certificates preparing students for transfer and career opportunities.

Central Methodist University enrolled over 5,600 students last fall on its main campus in Fayette, through its online programs, and through its Extended Studies network across the state. Established in 1854, CMU offers over 40 associate's, bachelor's, and master's degree programs.


Originally posted July 9, 2013


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