Master Syllabus


Missouri State University-West Plains is a teaching and learning institution
providing quality post-secondary educational opportunities to the communities we serve.

General Education Goals (GEG)

GEG 1 Communication

Learning Outcome Goal: To develop students' effective use of the language systems essential to their success in school and in the world. Students should be able to read and listen critically, to write and speak with thoughtfulness. Students will demonstrate the ability to…


  • 1.1 Communicate ideas and share information effectively utilizing the written method
  • 1.2 Effectively communicate ideas and share information orally
  • 1.3 Communicate digitally using a variety of media effectively

GEG 2 Critical Thinking

Learning Outcome Goal: To develop students’ ability to distinguish among various levels of abstraction, identify underlying assumptions, make informed judgments and to solve problems by applying processes and evaluative standards. Students will demonstrate the ability to…


  • 2.1 Analyze strengths and weaknesses of conclusions or solutions; attack or defend using relevant evidence and reasoned argument
  • 2.2 Analyze and synthesize information from a variety of sources for application to a situation
  • 2.3 Employ problem-solving processes

GEG 3 Information Management

Learning Outcome Goal: To develop students’ abilities to locate organize, store, retrieve, evaluate, synthesize and annotate information from print, electronic and other sources in preparation for solving problems and making informed decisions. Students will demonstrate the ability to…


  • 3.1 Locate and retrieve sources of information
  • 3.2 Evaluate information for its currency, utility, validity and accuracy
  • 3.3 Organize information in a logical and consistent manner
  • 3.4 Present information in a clear and concise manner

GEG 4 Valuing

Learning Outcome Goal: To develop students’ abilities to understand the moral and ethical values of a diverse society and to understand that many courses of action are guided by value judgments. Students should be able to make informed decisions. Students will demonstrate the ability to…


  • 4.1 Demonstrate awareness of differences that exist among cultural value sets
  • 4.2 Demonstrate understanding of how and why value sets develop
  • 4.3 Recognize the consequences of one’s actions guided by a value set
  • 4.4 Realize value of a group by experiencing its culture

GEG 5 Global Awareness

Learning Outcome Goal: To develop students’ understanding of their place in a global society with increasingly interconnected issues that are economic, political, environmental and cultural; students must understand the complexities of the global community that will be their future. Students will demonstrate the ability to…


  • 5.1 Demonstrate an understanding of how each person’s actions relate to events beyond the local community.
  • 5.2 Demonstrate an understanding of the differences in cultures through comparison of economic systems, political systems, cultural heritage, religion or ethnic backgrounds.
  • 5.3 Demonstrate an understanding of how one's perception of history shapes perspective and policy of individuals and cultures.
  • 5.4 Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the United States in the world and its impact on international problems.

Learning Assessment

Assessment of student learning is an integral part of curriculum development and revision. It documents that learning has occurred and provides a rational basis for making purposeful changes to curriculum content and pedagogy.

Assessment of student learning has the intent to improve student learning (the knowledge, skills and attitudes acquired through study and practice).

Through the assessment process, General Education Goals, Academic Program Objectives and Course Objectives are assessed to compare student-learning objectives (desired learning) to student-learning outcomes (what actually was learned) and use the information generated by these comparisons to make programmatic and pedagogical changes to improve student learning.

Purpose and Objectives:

The primary purpose of academic assessment is to improve student learning.

"The idea of focusing on learning rather than teaching requires that we rethink our role and the role of the students in the learning process. To focus on learning rather than teaching, we must challenge our basic assumptions about how people learn and what the roles of teacher should be. We must un-learn previously acquired teaching habits. We must grapple with fundamental questions about the roles of assessment and feed-back in learning".
Huba, Mary and Jan Freed. Learner-Centered Assessment on College Campuses: Shifting the Focus from Teaching to Learning. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2000.

Assessment is the process that evaluates the university learning experience with the purpose of continual improvement and has the objective of assuring the accomplishment of the mission of Missouri State University-West Plains.

Education Guarantee

For full-time students in good standing, taking no more than 50 percent of courses online: If you have no more than two absences in each class, turn in all homework and assignments, visit with each of your instructors and your advisor outside of class, and use our free tutoring at least three times for each of your classes, Missouri State University-West Plains guarantees you may be allowed (one time only) to retake the class(es) in which you received a 'D' or 'F' tuition free the next regular semester in which the course is offered – if you earn a term GPA less than 2.0. (Does not apply to Nursing and Respiratory Care degrees due to selective admissions criteria.)

Missouri State-West Plains Promise

Any student at Missouri State University-West Plains can succeed by claiming their education and making a true effort to follow simple proven techniques. If you do these things, mastering the objectives of each course, Missouri State University-West Plains promises you will succeed!

Student Responsibility

You are a college student now. You own your education. It is your responsibility to get to class, do your homework, seek tutoring when needed and monitor outside activities and their effect on your academic work (whether social events, sports or a job, all take time and energy). We will not send a report card to your parents or call anyone if you don't show up to class. As a college student, you are now responsible for your academic success.

It is as easy as A, B, C…

  1. Attend class and tutoring.
  2. Bring your Brain; be an active, not passive, participant by planning the use of your goals, time and money.
  3. Complete assigned homework and readings, and Communicate with your instructors and resource contacts, especially if you need help.

10 Steps to Success

  1. Make it your goal to graduate! Commit to your goal. Write it down. Be specific and personal. Post it where you can see it and read it every day. See yourself in a cap and gown receiving your diploma. You are the one responsible for achieving your goal.
  2. Go to class! Go to every class. Be on time. If you must miss a class, contact the instructor before you miss the class.
  3. Do all the homework and assignments and turn them in on time.
  4. Do all the reading, write an outline of the main points, keep it and discuss it with someone.
  5. Visit each of your instructors and your advisor during their office hours and communicate with them by email or phone.
  6. Use the free tutoring services – often!
  7. Plan your time. Use a planner to schedule and prioritize all assignments and tests, determining when you must complete outlines, research, drafts, study or turn in final projects and papers.
  8. Manage your money. Make a budget and create a spending plan. Pay bills promptly. Distinguish between wants and needs. Record your spending and compare your income to your record of expenses.
  9. If you need help, ask for it! Don’t wait! Contact your instructor, advisor, RA (if in student housing), tutor, librarian, coordinator of student life, financial aid office, Student Government Association, TRiO office, veterans office, dean of student services, dean of academic affairs or chancellor. Keep asking for help until you get it.
  10. Go to class! This is worth repeating. It is the basic building block of a college education. Take responsibility for getting to class and make this a priority!

Student Resources

Academic Affairs: Lybyer Enhanced Technology Center, Room 206, (417) 255-7272,

Academic Support Center: Garnett Library (lower level), (417) 255-7272,

Advisement and Academic Coaching Center for Empowering Student Success (AACCESS): Melton Hall, Room 100 (Central Office), (417) 255-7222,

Business and Support Services: Cass Hall, (417) 255-7260,

Campus Safety: Cass Hall, (417) 255-7258,

Career Development Center: Looney Hall, (417) 255-7230,

Equity and Diversity: Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Equity Non-Discrimination policy, Equity Title IX, Sexual Assault/Harassment Policy, (417) 255-7966,

Financial Aid: Cass Hall, (417) 255-7243,

Garnett Library: , (417) 255-7945,

Student Grievance Resources:

Grizzly Tutoring Lab:
Math Lab, Melton Hall, Room 114, (417) 255-7248 or (417) 255-7722,
Mountain Grove, (417) 547-7575,
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:00 AM-9:00 PM; Friday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Lybyer Open Lab:
Lybyer Enhanced Technology Center, (417) 255-7995,
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:00 AM-10:00 PM; Friday 7:00 AM-5:00 PM; Saturday 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

My Grizzly Den:

Registration and Records (R/R): Cass Hall, (417) 255-7979,

Student Life and Development: Putnam Student Center, (417) 255-7233,

Student Services: Lybyer Enhanced Technology Center, Room 207, (417) 255-7417,

TRiO Student Support Services: Garfield Hall, (417) 255-7941,,

Veterans Incentive Program (VIP) Center: Garnett Library, (417) 255-7720,

See the appropriate office for the following issues:

Advising: My Grizzly Den or Advisement and Academic Coaching Center for Empowering Student Success (AACCESS)

Choosing a Major: AACCESS or Career Devlopment Center

Class Schedule: My Grizzly Den, Lybyer Open Lab, AACCESS or Registration and Records

Disability Accommodations: AACCESS

Faculty Contact Information: Academic Affairs or

Financial Aid: Financial Aid

First-Generation, Special-Needs or Low-Income Students: TRiO

Health Insurance: Student Services

Research: Garnett Library or

Student Organizations: Student Life and Development or

Technology: Lybyer Open Lab

Tutoring: Grizzly Tutoring Lab

Veterans: VIP Center

Note: Students with a term GPA of less than a 2.0 could have additional issues, including academic standing, financial aid, A+ program and scholarship renewals.

Title IX Policy on Sexual Assault, Stalking and Other Forms of Sexual Misconduct

The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs and activities, and it is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 ("Title IX") not to discriminate in such a manner. The University is committed to maintaining an environment that is safe and free from sexual violence and sexual harassment, including sexual assault and stalking. The University will take immediate action to eliminate harassment, prevent its recurrence and address its effects. When an allegation of sexual misconduct is brought to a responsible University employee's attention "responsible employee", and a respondent is found to have violated this policy, serious sanctions will be used to reasonably ensure that such actions are never repeated. This policy reaffirms these principles and provides recourse for those individuals whose rights have been violated. Title IX, state law, and University policy also prohibit retaliation against an individual who has brought forward a complaint of sexual misconduct or taken part in a conduct process as a result of a sexual misconduct complaint.

The complete Title IX policy is located at:

Accommodation Policy

Missouri State University-West Plains is committed to providing an accessible and supportive environment for students with disabilities. Equal access for qualified students with disabilities is an obligation under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Students seeking service are responsible for notifying the University of their disabilities, requesting academic accommodation(s), and providing documentation of the disability from a qualified professional. Documentation must include necessary evidence of a disability-related need for the requested accommodation(s). Accommodation(s) cannot be based simply on the student's preferences; students must show a legitimate purpose for requesting an academic accommodation. Such accommodation(s), auxiliary aids, and services cannot alter the fundamental nature of the course or program of instruction. In addition, auxiliary aids and services cannot result in an undue burden to the university. Auxiliary aids and services as defined by law will be provided without cost to a student entitled to such aid. Students generally will not be provided devices or services of a personal nature, such as attendants, individually prescribed devices or readers for personal use or study.

Students requesting academic accommodation(s) should contact the disability services coordinator in the advisement and academic coaching center for empowering student success (AACCESS) at (417) 255-7222 (voice) or (417) 255-7715 (TTY).

Non-Discrimination Policy

(Approved by the Board of Governors 2016/02/05)

Missouri State University is a community of people with respect for diversity. The University emphasizes the dignity and equality common to all persons and adheres to a strict non-discrimination policy regarding the treatment of individual faculty, staff, and students. In accord with federal law and applicable Missouri statutes, the University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin (including ancestry, or any other subcategory of national origin recognized by applicable law), religion, sex (including marital status, family status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other subcategory of sex recognized by applicable law), age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other basis protected by applicable law in employment or in any program or activity offered or sponsored by the University. Sex discrimination encompasses sexual harassment, which includes sexual violence, and is strictly prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

This policy shall not be interpreted in a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces of the United States of America.

The University maintains a grievance procedure incorporating due process available to any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against. Missouri State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Minority/Female/Veterans/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity employer. Inquiries concerning the grievance procedure, Affirmative Action Plan or compliance with federal and state laws and guidelines should be addressed to the West Plains campus Equal Opportunity Liaison/Deputy Title IX Coordinator Brenda Polyard at (417) 255-7966 or the Equal Opportunity Officer, Office for Institutional Equity and Compliance, Park Central Office Building, Suite 111, Springfield, Missouri 65897, (417) 836-4252 or to the Office for Civil Rights.

Academic Integrity

The community of scholars that is Missouri State University-West Plains is committed to developing educated persons. Educated persons accept the responsibility to practice personal and academic integrity. Each participant of the University community refrains from and discourages behavior that threatens the freedom and respect each member deserves. The following policies and procedures specifically address student academic integrity but recognize that student academic integrity is only part of the entirety of academic integrity in a community of scholars and that all members of the community share the responsibility for fostering academic integrity.

The Missouri State University-West Plains Faculty Handbook states that course policy statements must include a statement of the instructor’s policies concerning cheating and plagiarism, including consequences. An instructor’s policies on academic integrity issues, while they may reflect the instructor’s personal views, also should be consistent with this University policy on student academic integrity.

Definition: Academic Dishonesty: Any one of the following acts constitutes academic dishonesty:

  • Cheating: The term "cheating" refers to using or attempting to use unauthorized technology, materials, information or study aids in any academic exercise.
  • Fabrication or other misconduct in research: The term "fabrication" refers to unauthorized falsification or invention of any information (including research data) or any citation in any academic exercise; "misconduct in research" refers to any violation of ethical guidelines for attributing credit and authorship in research endeavors, non-compliance with established research policies, or other violations of ethical research practice.
  • Plagiarism: The term "plagiarism" includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work or sections of a work of another person without full and clear acknowledgement, whether intentional or not. This includes any material copied directly or paraphrased from the Internet. The unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials, including material taken from or ordered through the Internet, also constitutes plagiarism.
  • Facilitating academic dishonesty: Assisting or attempting to assist another to violate any provision of this Academic Integrity Policy, whether or not that action is associated with any particular course, is considered academic dishonesty.

Definition: Academic Integrity Council (AIC):

The Academic Integrity Council is charged by the academic dean to: (1) enforce the Missouri State University-West Plains academic integrity policy, following the procedures stated here in; (2) periodically review and amend these policies and procedures, subject to approval of substantive changes by the academic dean, Faculty Senate, Student Government Association, and/or Board of Governors; (3) organize/conduct campus activities designed to educate members of the campus community on matters of academic integrity and the academic integrity policy, and promote a campus-wide climate of academic integrity.

The 16 - member Academic Integrity Council (AIC) consists of:

  • seven voting student members;
  • seven voting ranked faculty members;
  • the academic dean (or designee), who is the nonvoting chair of the council;
  • the coordinator of student life and development, ex officio (without voting privileges)

Definition: Academic Integrity proceeding: An academic integrity proceeding is conducted by a five-member panel drawn from the voting AIC membership. The purpose of a proceeding is to explore and investigate allegations of student academic dishonesty and to reach informed conclusions as to whether or not academic dishonesty is likely to have occurred. An academic integrity proceeding is not in the character of a criminal or civil legal proceeding. It is not modeled on these adversarial systems, nor does it serve the same function. A proceeding is not a court or tribunal. Rather, it is an academic process unique to a community of scholars.

Definition: Academic Integrity Council Panel (AIP): An academic integrity panel consists of five members: five voting panelists drawn from the membership of the AIC, plus the chair of the AIC, who is a non-voting member of the panel and responsible for assembling the panel and conducting the proceeding. Five voting panelists constitute a quorum for a proceeding, and at least two but not more than three panelists must be students. This panel only meets when needed.

Reporting Academic Dishonesty: All members of the University community share the responsibility and authority to challenge and make known acts of apparent academic dishonesty. Any student, faculty member or staff person who has witnessed an apparent act of student academic dishonesty, or has information that reasonably leads to the conclusion that such an act has occurred or has been attempted, is strongly encouraged to report said act.

Confronting and reporting academic dishonesty can be done in a variety of ways, and people should choose the manner most appropriate for the circumstances. Acts of apparent academic dishonesty that occur in the classroom may be reported directly to the course instructor, and/or the course instructor’s department head, and/or the AIC chair. Incidences of apparent academic dishonesty, whether associated with a particular course or not, also may be reported directly to the academic integrity council by contacting the chair of the council (the academic dean or designee) in the academic affairs office. The Academic Integrity Council will not accept or act upon anonymous reports but will hold in strict confidence the identity of any person reporting a suspected instance of academic dishonesty, unless that person consents to having his/her identity revealed.

If the act of academic dishonesty that is reported to the AIC is alleged to have occurred in a particular course, the AIC chair will notify the course instructor of the allegation. If the instructor elects not to pursue sanctions or if the reported allegation is not associated with any particular course, the AIC chair will convene an academic integrity panel to conduct an academic integrity proceeding to explore the allegation, provided that at least one person making an allegation is willing to be identified and to participate in the proceeding.

If academic dishonesty is substantiated after a student has withdrawn from the University or after a student has dropped a class, the 'XF' grade still can be assigned.

Academic Dishonesty Not Associated With Enrollment in a Course: Any incident of alleged academic dishonesty by a student not enrolled in a particular course but sitting in the course for a student duly enrolled (for example, taking a test for a duly enrolled student) should be reported directly to the AIC, which will convene a panel to address the alleged incident. Similarly, any incident of alleged academic dishonesty committed by any student at Missouri State University-West Plains outside the context of enrollment in any particular course should be reported directly to the AIC, which will convene a panel to address the alleged incident.

Review and Appeal Process: There is an appeal process for removal of an 'XF' Grade. To see the full policy, visit

Attendance Policy

See the catalog for the revised Attendance Policy.

Weather Policy

Missouri State-West Plains Weather Hotline - (417) 255-8075

The general policy for weather is that classes will not be canceled because of inclement weather. Students should use their own good judgment regarding travel when weather conditions are questionable.

However, in extreme conditions classes may be canceled. Faculty, staff and students should call the Missouri State-West Plains Weather Hotline at (417) 255-8075 for information regarding the status of Missouri State-West Plains classes, Mountain Grove extended campus classes and Missouri State Outreach classes on the West Plains campus. An official announcement will be issued through the local radio stations and Springfield television stations only if Missouri State-West Plains and Mountain Grove extended campus classes are canceled.

West Plains Campus

When weather conditions are questionable, the building maintenance supervisor will confer with the director of business and support services as to the condition of campus parking lots, sidewalks and area roads and highways; then the director of business and support services will contact the chancellor. (If the chancellor is unavailable, the dean of academic affairs will assume the responsibilities of the chancellor outlined in the weather policy.) Once the decision to cancel classes has been made, the director of business and support services will contact the chancellor, the dean of academic affairs and the director of University communications. The director of University communications will contact the student services administrative assistant, the news media, the webmaster and update the weather hotline.

Mountain Grove Extended Campus

When weather conditions are questionable, the coordinator for the Mountain Grove extended campus will confer with the dean of academic affairs as to the condition of the Mountain Grove campus parking lots, sidewalks and area roads and highways; then the dean of academic affairs will contact the chancellor for the West Plains campus. (If the chancellor is unavailable, the dean of academic affairs will assume the responsibilities of the chancellor outlined in the weather policy.) Once the decision to cancel classes has been made, the dean of academic affairs will contact the director of University communications. The director of University communications will contact the webmaster and update the weather hotline

Campus Safety

Evening Safety

The campus employs one or more individuals to provide an Evening Safety Services program. These services include a campus safety presence, escort services and emergency services. In the event of an evening emergency, please call the Garnett Library 417-255-7945 or the Evening Safety personnel 417-257-9078.

Hostile Persons

Hostile Persons Guidelines:

Emergency Procedures Posters

The Campus Safety & Parking Committee prepares Emergency Procedures posters providing instruction in the event of fire, tornado, or other emergencies. These posters are located in each room in each campus facility.

Additional Information

Additional information regarding campus safety at Missouri State University-West Plains may be accessed on the Campus Safety and Parking website at:

Emergency Messages

The office of registration and records 417-255-7979 may be contacted by emergency personnel or your family to relay messages to you in case of an emergency. Routine messages are not accepted in order to allow instructors to conduct orderly class sessions. In the event of an evening emergency, please call 417-257-9078.

Electronic Devices in the Classroom

As a member of the learning community, each student has a responsibility to the other students who are members of the community. When cell phones or pagers ring and students respond in class or leave class to respond, it disrupts the class. Therefore, the office of academic affairs asks that cell phones, pagers or similar communication devices be turned off or put into silent mode during class. At the discretion of the instructor, exception to this policy is possible in special circumstances.

The University also acknowledges the usefulness of electronic devices to students in the learning process; however, the use of computers, PDAs or other electronic devices in classrooms and instructional settings is at the discretion of the instructor. Students should review instructors' policy statements for information about whether or not they will be allowed to use such devices in the classroom or other instructional setting.