Knapp New Site Coordinator For CC-CMU Partnership

Neosho native aims to build programs at Crowder

It would be difficult to imagine a candidate better suited than Jason Knapp to be Central Methodist University’s first site coordinator for its partnership with Crowder College.


As a Neosho native and current resident, and a Crowder alumnus who has both taught and done student services work there, Knapp certainly has the credentials and the background on  the Crowder side of the ledger.


His task will be coming up to speed on Central Methodist University programs and policies in order to build CMU’s enrollment there, noted Dr. Rita Gulstad, CMU provost. Knapp began work there on June 16.


The Crowder-CMU partnership began a year ago. CMU offers bachelor’s degree completion programs with Crowder, either at CC or online. Programs include Applied Behavior Analysis, Applied Science in Management, Accounting, Business, Child Development, Criminal Justice, General Studies, Psychology, and Nursing (registered nurse-to-bachelor of science in nursing degree).


CMU also has several online graduate programs available to Crowder alumni, staff and area residents, Gulstad said.


Knapp attended Neosho High School before obtaining his associate’s degree from Crowder. He went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in political science from Missouri Southern State University, then his master’s from Missouri State University in international affairs and administration.


"Central Methodist University degree programs are a great opportunity for Crowder students to further their education beyond an associate’s degree,” Knapp said. “The awesome part is that students can receive a bachelor’s degree without leaving the Crowder College campus. I look forward to representing CMU and helping students fulfill their academic goals."


He served as an academic tutor at Crowder from 2009-2012 in its Student Success Center (formerly Academic Resource Center). Knapp began teaching part-time on Crowder’s Webb City and Neosho campuses in 2011, teaching political science and developmental education classes.


Knapp also taught history for Crowder in Jane, Mo. and has been teaching government courses online for Missouri Southern State University this past year. It is that combination of student services and instructional skills that made him such a strong candidate for the CMU position, according to Deborah DeGan-Dixon, associate dean for CMU’s College of Graduate and Extended Studies and supervisor of its Crowder operation.


As a CMU site coordinator Knapp will be responsible for serving as the principal CMU liaison with Crowder, recruiting students, helping students receive necessary student support and services (library, computing, academic advising, registration, fee payment, financial aid) and more), helping identify and appoint faculty to teach CMU coursework, developing class schedules, and other duties.


Most of the CMU courses offered through Crowder are online, but starting this fall several on-site classes will begin. As interest and demand dictates, more classes may be offered at Crowder.


For more information about the Crowder-Central Methodist partnership, contact Jason Knapp at 333 McDonald Hall at Crowder College in Neosho, by phone at 417-455-5542, or by e-mail at


Posted June 19, 2014