Dean's Welcome

Dr. Dennis Lancaster

 Welcome to Missouri State University-West Plains! Whether you are taking your first college course immediately after high school or a college course after being away from the formal educational setting for a few years, we offer to you life-transforming experiences that will open your mind to new concepts and knowledge that will provide you with new opportunities the rest of your life.

Missouri State University-West Plains has an outstanding faculty and a growing curriculum committed to providing a quality education leading to a variety of degrees including the Associate of Arts, the Associate of Applied Science, the Associate of Science in Nursing, and various certificates. Completion of the Associate of Arts degree allows transfer to most public and private institutions of higher education for the completion of additional degrees. Completion of the Associate of Applied Science degree provides high-quality state-of-the-art preparation for direct entry into the workforce. The Associate of Science in Nursing degree provides preparation to sit for the certification exam to become a licensed registered nurse.

In addition, we offer a wide variety of noncredit and credit continuing education courses to help individuals stay current in their fields of employment and to explore other career options. We also offer community education courses on a demand basis to address the special interests of individuals and groups.

As society and the workplace are constantly changing, so are our courses and programs changing to help you become better prepared to be successful in meeting new expectations. Members of our faculty are committed to staying current in their fields of specialization and in presenting their courses in new and innovative ways to enhance your learning experiences. We're prepared to meet your educational needs whether you’re seeking a degree, or wish to access continuing education opportunities or community education courses in areas of special interest.

We recognize that college provides a time to dream, to explore, to discover and to work toward the realization of your fondest aspirations in life. We would be honored to help you reach your goals.

We encourage you to check us out on our Web pages by reviewing our programs and courses, and then drop by the campus for a visit. We'll welcome the opportunity to talk with you, show you our exciting campus, and find out how we can help you get the educational training you seek.

Dennis Lancaster EdD,
Dean of Academic Affairs