Achievements and Recognitions

2015-2016:

Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) Results Remain at or Above Average for 20 Years

For more than 10 years, students at Missouri State-West Plains scored above the national average in all categories of the Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) examination. Graduates have scored at or above the national average in all five subject areas for 20 consecutive years.

Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) Scores Remain Above the National Average

The 2015 CCSSE indicates Missouri State-West Plains scored higher than the national average in all five of the categories measured (active and collaborative learning, student effort, academic challenge, student-faculty interaction and support for learners).

Named Business of the Year

Missouri State-West Plains was named Business of the Year Award by the Greater West Plains Area Chamber of Commerce.

Faculty, Staff and Students

Dr. Phillip Howerton, professor of English, Governor's Award for Excellence in Education

Dana Racer, senior academic records specialist, Staff Excellence in University Service

Nadia Pshonyak, Missouri State-West Plains graduate, Missouri State University Board of Governors' Citizen Scholar Award

2015 Grizzly Volleyball team, NJCAA All-Academic Team honors

Sydney McBride, 2016 All-Missouri Two-Year College Academic Team, first team

Seven students from the Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) business club at Missouri State University-West Plains placed in competitions at the state FBLA/PBL conference. Students receiving recognition were Shannon Hughes and Darian Williams, West Plains; Derek McGinnis, Pottersville; Jim Listopad and Weston Mitchell, Cabool; Adam Burgess, Koshkonong; and Edward Schultz, Mammoth Spring, Arkansas. Medals were awarded to first through fifth place winners. The Missouri State-West Plains contingent brought home nine medals total. Two of those students, McGinnis and Williams, went on to place in competitions at the PBL national convention. McGinnis placed first in Impromptu Speaking and Public Speaking, and Williams placed sixth in the nation in Accounting Principles.

2014-2015:

Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Missouri State-West Plains was selected for the 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The recognition, awarded annually by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) since 2006, is given to colleges and universities across the country that set an example in community service and make service learning opportunities a priority for students. This is the first year Missouri State-West Plains has been recognized. Missouri State-West Plains is one of the very few two-year schools in the country, and the only two-year school in Missouri, to achieve this distinction.

Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) Results Remain at or Above Average for 19 Years

For more than 10 years, students at Missouri State-West Plains scored above the national average in all categories of the Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) examination. Graduates have scored at or above the national average in all five subject areas for 19 consecutive years

2013-2014:

Ranked 6th in the Nation Among Two-Year Colleges

Missouri State-West Plains has been ranked sixth in the nation in the Best Community Colleges category of the 2013 Washington Monthly College Rankings. Editors at Washington Monthly based their rankings for community colleges on two sources of information: The Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) and the U.S. Department of Education measures of student retention and completion. The CCSSE survey, which is given to a representative sample of students at many of the nation's community colleges, is comprised of over 100 questions on a range of topics, including teaching practices, student workload, interaction with faculty and student support. These CCSSE scores comprise five-eighths of each college's ranking. The remaining three-eighths come from data compiled annually by the National Center for Education Statistics at the U.S. Department of Education. These include statistics for first-year retention rate; the percentage of first-time, full-time, degree-seeking students who graduate or transfer within three years of enrolling and the ratio of all degrees awarded during a given academic year to the number of full-time equivalent students enrolled.

Named a "Military-Friendly School"

For the fifth consecutive year, "G.I. Jobs," the premier magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has awarded Missouri State University-West Plains, the designation of a "Military-Friendly School." The 2014 Military-Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members and veterans as students, according to a news release from "G.I. Jobs," according to a news release from the publication.

Faculty, Staff and Students

Rachel Peterson, recruitment specialist, Missouri State University Staff Excellence in Community Service Award

Barbara Nyden, assistant professor of accounting/entrepreneurship, Governor's Award for Excellence in Education

Dr. Herb Lunday, dean of student services, Staff Excellence in Public Affairs Award

In addition to numerous publications by faculty members throughout the year, Associate Professor of English Frank Priest served as editor of Yonder Mountain: An Ozarks Anthology, published by the University of Arkansas Press. The anthology features poems, short stories and essays that celebrate the region's unique culture while addressing the changes it faces as it becomes more diverse. Distinguished Professor of English Craig Albin and Associate Professor of English Phillip Howerton contributed pieces to the anthology, along with such authors as Donald Harington, Sara Burge, Marcus Cafagna, Art Homer, Pattiann Rogers, Miller Williams, Roy Reed and Daniel Woodrell.

Professor of History Ed McKinney was featured in Missouri State University-Springfield's Public Affairs Spotlight website series. He was recognized for his efforts to pass along the old-time music of the region, individually and as a member of the Sunnyside Up band. The Public Affairs Spotlights feature students, faculty and staff members of the Missouri State University System who live the public affairs mission.

Mariah Gregg, Missouri State-West Plains graduate, Missouri State University Board of Governors' Citizen Scholar Award

Dakota Bates, Student Government Association president, Campus Compact's Newman Civic Fellows Award

2012-2013:

Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) Results Remain at or Above Average for 17 Years

For the past 17 years, Missouri State-West Plains graduates have scored at or above the national mean on the CAAP in all five areas.

Named a "Military-Friendly School"

For the fourth consecutive year, "G.I. Jobs," the premier magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has awarded Missouri State University-West Plains, the designation of a "Military-Friendly School." The 2013 Military-Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members and veterans as students, according to a news release from "G.I. Jobs," according to a news release from the publication.

Named One of Top 120 Two-Year Colleges in the Nation

For the second consecutive year, Missouri State University-West Plains was named one of the top 120 two-year colleges in the United States by the Aspen Institute Community College Excellence program. The recognition is based on a quantitative formula that assesses performance and improvement in graduation rates, degrees awarded, student retention rates and equity in student outcomes. Missouri State-West Plains was selected out of 1,200 community colleges across the nation and is one of only two recognized in Missouri. Although not a community college, Missouri State-West Plains is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges as an associate degree-granting institution.

2011-2012:

CAAP Results Remain Strong

For the past 16 years, Missouri State-West Plains graduates have scored at or above the national mean on the Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) in all five areas.

Retention and Graduation Rates Stay Above Average

For the past five years, retention and graduation rates have been above average when compared with other two-year colleges in Missouri.

Named a "Military-Friendly School"

For the third consecutive year, "G.I. Jobs," the premier magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has awarded Missouri State University-West Plains, the designation of a "Military-Friendly School." The 2012 Military-Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members and veterans as students, according to a news release from "G.I. Jobs," according to a news release from the publication.

2010-2011:

Named One of Top 120 Two-Year Colleges in the Nation

Missouri State University-West Plains has been named one of the top 120 two-year colleges in the United States by the Aspen Institute Community College Excellence Program. The recognition is based on high standards for learning, completion rates and training for competitive jobs, according to a news release from the institute. Missouri State-West Plains was selected out of 1,200 community colleges across the nation and is one of only six recognized in Missouri. Although not a community college, Missouri State-West Plains is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges as an associate degree-granting institution.

2009-2010:

Named a "Great College to Work For"

Missouri State University-West Plains is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a survey by the academic publication The Chronicle of Higher Education. The results, released Monday, July 26, in The Chronicle"s third annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of more than 42,000 employees at 277 colleges and universities. This is the second consecutive year Missouri State-West Plains has been recognized by the program.

Named a "Military-Friendly School"

Missouri State University-West Plains received national recognition when G.I. Jobs included the University in its 2010 list of "Military-Friendly Schools." The magazine, published by veteran-owned Victory Media in Pittsburgh, Pa., develops the list to honor the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools across the country which are doing the most to embrace America's veterans as students, according to a news release from the publication.

2008-2009:

Named a "Great College to Work For"

Missouri State University-West Plains is one of 150 four-year and two-year colleges recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education's 2009 Great Colleges to Work For® program. The results of The Chronicle"s second-annual survey listed Missouri State-West Plains in the top three overall among small two-year colleges with student populations of 2,999 or less, placing it on the program's Honor Roll.

Faculty and Staff:

2012-2013:

  • Amber Carr, Missouri State University-West Plains graduate, Missouri State Citizen Scholar Award
  • Rogers Taylor, coordinator of student life and development, Missouri State University Staff Excellence in University Service Award
  • Mary Sheid, former Missouri State University Board of Governors member, Trustee of the Year Award from the Rural Community College Alliance (RCCA)
  • Carol Silvey, former history professor and the first director of development at Missouri State-West Plains, Missouri State University’s Wall of Fame inductee
  • Dennis Lancaster, Darr Honors Program director, Greater West Plains Chamber of Commerce “Educator of the Year”
  • Gary Phillips, PhD, associate professor of communications, Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education

2011-2012:

  • Rebekah Allen, Missouri State University-West Plains graduate, Missouri State Citizen Scholar Award
  • Donna Bassham, coordinator of the financial aid office, Missouri State University Staff Excellence in University Service Award
  • Darrell Hampsten, coordinator of the small business and technology development center (SBTDC), Award of Excellence for Missouri SBTDC's
  • Jeff Huff, assistant professor of computer graphics and programming, Missouri Council on Public Higher Education's Governor's Award for Excellence in Education
  • Joe Kammerer, assistant director of development, Missouri State University Staff Excellence in Community Service Award
  • Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Team, Rookie of the Year Award at the regional SIFE competition

2010-2011:

  • Amber Carr, Missouri State University-West Plains student, All-Missouri Two-Year College Academic Team, third-team
  • Luke England, Missouri State University-West Plains graduate, Missouri State Citizen Scholar Award
  • Janice Johnson, coordinator of the student advisement and academic support (SAAS) center, certificated as a developmental education specialist from the Kellogg Institute at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C.
  • Dr. Renee Moore, associate professor of child and family development, Missouri Council on Public Higher Education's Governor's Award for Excellence in Education
  • Matt Morris, director of business and support services, 2010 Kresge Foundation Fellowship Award
  • Pat Walsh, assistant to the chancellor and coordinator of institutional research, 2011 National Summer Data Policy Institute Fellow

2009-2010:

  • Dr. Craig Albin, professor of English, Greater West Plains Area Chamber of Commerce "Educator of the Year"
  • Cheryl Caldwell, director of University communications, Missouri State University Staff Excellence in University Service Award
  • Damon Francis, assistant basketball coach, Springboro High School (Ohio) Athletics Hall of Fame inductee
  • Janice Johnson, coordinator of the student advisement and academic support (SAAS) center, 2010 Ann Ferguson Award for Professional Development from the National Association for Developmental Education
  • Brenda Polyard, director of University/community programs (U/CP), Missouri State University Staff Excellence in Community Service Award
  • Chris Roll, Missouri State University-West Plains student, All-Missouri Two-Year College Academic Team, second-team
  • Martha Tuttle, purchasing/human resources assistant, Missouri State University Staff Excellence in University Service Award
  • David White, assistant professor of business, Governor's Award for Excellence in Education.
  • Russell Wyrick, Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Center "Top Consultant" award.

2008-2009:

  • John H. Fohn II, associate professor of geology/geography, Missouri Council on Public Higher Education's Governor's Award for Excellence in Education
  • Michael Harrington, Missouri State University-West Plains student, All-Missouri Two-Year College Academic Team, second team
  • Melissa Jett, coordinator of admissions, Missouri State University Staff Excellence in University Service Award
  • Dr. Herb Lunday, dean of student services, Missouri State University Staff Excellence in Community Service Award
  • Jessica Neal, Missouri State University-West Plains student, All-Missouri Two-Year College Academic Team, third-team
  • Roger Tuttle, superintendent of physical plant, Missouri State University Staff Excellence in University Service Award

2007-2008:

  • Lindsay Deaton, Missouri State University-West Plains student, 2008 All-Missouri Two-Year College Academic Team, second team
  • Joe Driscoll, Missouri State University-West Plains graduate, Missouri State Citizen Scholar Award
  • Rita Fugate, acting dean of academic affairs, West Plains Chamber of the Commerce "Educator of the Year"
  • Trish Kissiar-Knight, grizzly volleyball head coach, Missouri Sports Hall of Fame inductee
  • Rachel Peterson, admission counselor, Missouri State University Staff Excellence in University Service Award
  • Diane Phillips, Missouri State University-West Plains student, 2008 All-Missouri Two-Year College Academic Team, third team
  • Cathy Proffitt-Boys, assistant professor of technology, Missouri Council on Public Higher Education's Governor's Award for Excellence in Education
  • Rogers Taylor, Missouri State University-West Plains graduate, Tom Pasternack Outstanding Tutor Award