Mission and Goals

Mission Statement

Missouri State University-West Plains empowers students to achieve personal success and to enrich their local and global communities. As a two-year public institution, we provide accessible, affordable and quality educational opportunities.

Vision Statement

Missouri State University-West Plains will be a model among two-year, learning-centered institutions, combining open admission opportunity with academic excellence and innovative student support in an environment strengthened by community partnerships and global awareness.

Geographical Focus

Missouri State University-West Plains is a public, two-year, open admission, separately accredited campus of the Missouri State University System primarily serving students in the Missouri counties of Douglas, Howell, Oregon, Ozark, Shannon, Texas and Wright.

In addition to serving the educational needs of our service area, Missouri State University-West Plains provides programs to:

  • Areas not served by Missouri’s other two-year institutions;
  • Selected international campuses where educational opportunities benefit both regional and international students and
  • The global community of students via traditional and emerging technologies.

Institutional Background

Missouri State University‐West Plains was established in 1963 and is a public, separately accredited two‐year branch campus within the three‐campus Missouri State University system. In addition to the West Plains campus, the system includes a selective admissions university in Springfield and a research campus in Mountain Grove.

Consistent with the University mission, Missouri State University‐West Plains is a teaching and learning institution of higher education offering two‐year associate of arts, associate of science and associate of applied science degrees; certificates; and a variety of continuing education courses as needed by employers and citizens of the area served. The College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

Educational Program Focus

Missouri State University-West Plains seeks to create educated persons through the development of their skills in communication, critical thinking, information management, values clarification, understanding of a global society, responsible action and knowledge in core subject areas.

Because of its commitment to learning and service, Missouri State University-West Plains strives through ongoing assessment to:

  • improve educational outcomes by evaluating what students know, understand, and can do with their knowledge as a result of their campus experience;
  • hosts upper-level courses provided by the Missouri State University System leading to selected bachelor’s and graduate degrees;
  • offers informal educational opportunities designed to enhance community life through cultural enrichment programs, regional economic development, and customized training;
  • promote extracurricular learning opportunities for students, faculty, staff and community in areas such as intercollegiate athletics and student life and development activities, and a variety of non-credit educational opportunities; and
  • develop educated persons of high character and integrity, inspiring them to serve others and their respective communities through its commitment to the Missouri State University System’s mission in Public Affairs.

Goals for Missouri State-West Plains

  1. Purposeful Education … Educate students for a lifetime of learning, citizenship, career development and personal enrichment.
  2. Enabling Environment … Provide for the diverse academic and life-development needs of students through an educational environment conducive to learning, teaching and working.
  3. Community Leadership … Facilitate educational, technological, cultural and economic development through activities that complement the learning environment on campus and in the communities Missouri State University-West Plains serves.
  4. Collaboration … As an integral entity of the Missouri State University System, develop programs and services in partnership within the System and with other educational institutions that increase and enhance student educational opportunities.
  5. Performance … Ensure the highest quality of instruction and institutional effectiveness through assessment, evaluation and planning.
  6. Stewardship … Practice good stewardship of human, programmatic and physical resources for the common good of campus and community.
  7. Faculty and Staff … Recruit and retain the highest quality faculty and staff by providing competitive salaries and professional development opportunities and by enhancing the personal work-life experience for all employees.
  8. Funding … Increase funding from state, federal and private sources to ensure that Missouri State University-West Plains can continue to provide the highest possible quality instruction and services.