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Two online programs at Drury among best, most affordable in the nation

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., September 25, 2017 — Two of Drury University’s online bachelor’s degree programs have been ranked among the 25 most affordable in the nation by AffordableColleges.com.

Drury University’s online Bachelor of Science in Human Services ranked 25th among such programs, while its online Bachelor of Science in Health Services Management ranked 21st.

The university’s online human services degree program, offered through the College of Continuing Professional Studies (CCPS), is for students interested in helping others through service and public outreach. Graduates work alongside social workers, detectives, doctors and other specialists at hospitals, clinics and community organizations. Many human services workers provide intervention for citizens with substance abuse problems or help victims of crime or violence. The program combines psychology and sociology courses in topics like social work and family therapy, and includes an optional leadership concentration. Students complete 36 hours in their major, with the remaining coursework in general education and electives.

“It’s gratifying to get external confirmation of the quality of our online program in human services,” said Dr. Vickie Luttrell, chair of behavioral sciences at Drury University. “It’s a great degree for students who are committed to improving the quality of life for those in need. Students majoring in human services often go on to become social and human service assistants, community services managers, and mental health counselors, and according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, these are employment areas that can be expected to grow in the immediate future.”

The university’s online health services management degree program, also offered through CCPS, is a degree completion program for professionals in health related fields, including registered nurses, physical therapy assistants and emergency medical services personnel. The degree is particularly appropriate for healthcare professionals who want to advance in their careers and already have appropriate licensures, clinical skills and in-service training. Students develop leadership, supervisory and administrative skills and complete 63 hours in their major, with the remaining coursework in general education and electives. Applicants can transfer credit hours.

AffordableColleges.com made particular note of Drury’s affordable online tuition rate and wealth of financial aid opportunities for CCPS students.

“Drury offers courses at a tuition rate of $299 per credit hour and makes a number of financial aid options available, including specific awards for students in a CCPS degree program,” AffordableColleges.com said.

The college rankings company, comprised of “a group of professionals from a variety of backgrounds who share the belief that colleges costs are out of control,” determines its rankings based on an 11-point “Value Score” algorithm. The algorithm is comprised of the following data points: tuition cost, number of students receiving financial aid, net price, loan default rate, enrollment rate, full-time retention rate, graduation rate, student/faculty ratio, admissions rate, number of programs, and percentage of students taking at least one course online. The college rankings company uses the most recent data available from the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) to determine its rankings.

AffordableColleges.com said it uses its Value Score “to draw a distinction between the programs that appear cheap up-front and those that will pay off in the long run.”

About CCPS

The College of Continuing Professional Studies (CCPS) offers bachelor and associate degree programs primarily in the evening at Drury’s main campus in Springfield and at branch campuses in Ava, Cabool, Fort Leonard Wood/St. Robert, Lebanon, Monett, Rolla and West Plains. CCPS programs are designed to meet the needs of adult students with busy lifestyles that make traditional degree completion impractical. Online courses for undergraduate and graduate programs enhance the flexibility and quality of the educational experience. CCPS offers a number of undergraduate degrees and several graduate degrees that can be completed totally online.

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Media Contact: Greg Katski, Director of Marketing, CCPS: (417) 873-7317 or gkatski@drury.edu.

 

Drury, OTC sign aviation articulation agreement

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., August 7, 2017 — Graduates of Ozarks Technical Community College’s aviation program will have the opportunity to transfer seamlessly into two Drury University degree programs thanks to an articulation agreement signed today, Monday, Aug. 7.

OTC aviation program graduates will be able to pursue a Bachelor of Science in General Studies or Organizational Communication and Development through Drury University’s College of Continuing and Professional Studies. OTC’s first cohort of aviation students will begin their training this fall. The college’s two-year program will prepare graduates to enter the workforce as commercial pilots. These graduates will be qualified to fly aircrafts professionally for purposes including charter flights, firefighting, rescue operations and aerial photography.

OTC’s new partnership with Drury will allow these graduates to pursue a bachelor’s degree, which is one of several requirements needed to obtain an Airline Transport Pilot License.

Drury Provost Dr. Beth Harville (left) and OTC Provost Dr. Tracy McGrady.

“This agreement with Drury provides more value to our initial class of aviation students before they take their first training flight,” said Dr. Tracy McGrady, OTC provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. “Following completion of their commercial pilot license and associate degree, our students already have a path to earn the bachelor’s degree they’ll need if they choose to become airline pilots.”

Dr. Beth Harville, Drury’s vice president of academic affairs added, “Pilots have to be focused, hard-working and motivated — all of the attributes necessary to complete a bachelor’s degree. We’re confident that these transfer students will be successful at Drury following completion of their aviation degrees at OTC.”

Last fall, OTC announced the launch of a new aviation-focused associate degree in partnership with Premier Flight, LLC. Ground school classes will be taught at the OTC Springfield Campus with flight training classes held at the Premier Training Center on west Kearney. The inaugural class of students will begin their training on Aug. 21.

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Drury offers Rolla Technical paramedics students path to an associate degree

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., July 26, 2017 — Students earning a paramedics license from the Rolla Technical Institute/Center can also earn an associate degree from Drury University following the completion of just a few more courses.

Drury College of Continuing Professional Studies (CCPS) and the Rolla Technical Institute/Center (RTI/C) have signed an articulation agreement that awards a 30-hour block of credit to RTI/C students, upon the successful completion of the national paramedic registry exam. This provides a clear path for students to earn an Associate of Science in Emergency Medical Science upon completion of required anatomy, physiology, and general-education coursework.

“We’re pleased to deepen our connection with the Rolla community and with RTI/C,” says Dr. Jana Neiss, dean of CCPS. “This agreement gives paramedic students a way to further maximize their training and education in this vital field.”

“Offering career readiness with multiple options in a clearly defined plan of study for students is a strategy that Rolla Technical Institute/Center works toward in each of our programs,” says Matt Duncan, director of career and technical education at RTI/C. “Forging agreements with Drury University is a win-win for our institution, our community, and most importantly, for our career and technical education students.”

Drury’s CCPS campus in Rolla offers more than 20 total associate and bachelor’s degree options. Students interested in learning more can contact the Rolla CCPS office at (573) 368-4959; visit www.drury.edu/ccps/info; or email ccps@drury.edu.

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Media Contact: Kerstin Ellis, Coordinator – CCPS Rolla Campus: (572) 368-4959 or kellis04@drury.edu.

Cabool campus moving inside Missouri Ozarks Community Health clinic

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., July 18, 2017 — Drury University’s College of Continuing Professional Studies campus in Cabool is moving to a new location that will better serve students and the community by strengthening partnerships and opening up new learning opportunities.

The Cabool campus will move into the Missouri Ozarks Community Health (MOCH) building at 904 Zimmerman Avenue. The MOCH clinic offers a number of opportunities for Drury students to bolster classroom learning by taking advantage of on-site community partnerships, especially those studying in health-related fields.

Drury CCPS Cabool staff member Kizzi Roberts (at left) and Gina Crunkilton with MOCH CEO Tim Shryack.

Drury CCPS Cabool staff members Kizzi Roberts (at left) and Gina Crunkilton with MOCH CEO Tim Shryack.

CCPS Cabool staff will move into the space in August. Classes will temporarily be held at Cabool High School while new classroom space is built within the MOCH building this year.

“We’re really excited about this move because it gives us the chance to deepen our commitment to the Cabool area, and build on what we’ve done here for the past three decades,” says Kizzi Roberts, regional recruiter for CCPS in Cabool. “It’s especially exciting for students who are earning dual degrees in nursing and medical assisting from Drury and Cox College. Having their learning environment inside a modern community clinic will give them valuable insights along their academic journey.”

Drury and MOCH have a similar partnership in Ava. MOCH is a federally qualified health center serving a four-county area via five clinic locations.

“I’m thrilled to see Drury making this move, and I think it’s going to truly benefit both our clinic and the Drury students and staff,” says MOCH CEO Tim Shryack. “We think it’s a win-win and great step for the whole community.”

“Partnering with MOCH in this way will open up opportunities for Drury to expand our allied health offerings in the future, similar to what is available in Ava and other CCPS locations,” says Dr. Jana Neiss, dean of the College of Continuing Professional Studies.

Although health-related opportunities will grow with this move, the academic focus for the Cabool campus will not change. Drury will continue to offer nearly 30 associates and bachelor’s degree options in seated and online formats. The MOCH building provides amenities that will benefit all Drury students, including a reception area and new office space for advising. Once constructed, the classrooms will be all new as well.

Generous donations that helped Drury establish its current Cabool location at 801 Walnut Avenue in 1990 will be honored as new spaces are built in the coming months.

For more information about the Drury CCPS campus in Cabool, go to http://www.drury.edu/cabool. Classes start August 21. To find out more about registration and class schedules, call Gina Crunkilton at (417) 962-5314 or email rcrunkil@drury.edu.

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Media Contact: Kizzi Roberts, Regional Recruiter/Cohort Manager: (417) 962-5314 or kroberts02@drury.edu.

Drury University and Crowder College sign articulation agreement

NEOSHO, Mo., June 13, 2017 — Drury University and Crowder College signed an articulation agreement today providing students the opportunity to transition several degrees seamlessly into Drury’s bachelor’s degree programs in Business Administration, Behavioral and Community Health, Emergency Management, Organizational Leadership, and Health Services Management.

Crowder degrees that align with the Drury programs include:

Associate of Arts – Business Administration, Computer Science, Information Science, Psychology, and Social Work

Associate of Science – Occupational Therapy Assistant

Associate of Applied Science – Paramedical Science

“Drury looks forward to expanding its offerings of articulation agreements with Crowder College,” says Dr. Jana Neiss, Dean of Drury’s College of Continuing Professional Studies. “We appreciate Crowder’s dedication to student success and are honored to be a part of it.”

“We are always looking for articulated opportunities for our students, after graduation with a certificate or associate degree, to continue their education and work towards the completion of a bachelor’s degree at a university. Working with Drury University offers our students the opportunity to obtain this goal with a quality institution. The faculty and staff at both schools have developed articulation plans to assist the students with seamless transferability between the two institutions,” stated Dr. Glenn Coltharp, Vice President of Academic Affairs.

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Drury University to dedicate new CCPS campus in Lebanon on May 18

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 8, 2017 Drury University’s College of Continuing Professional Studies will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house for its new campus location in Lebanon at 10 a.m., Thursday, May 18. Drury President Dr. Tim Cloyd will address attendees, and leaders from the Lebanon community will help President Cloyd and Drury officials cut the ribbon.

The classroom location at 122 E. Commercial Street is a new permanent home for Drury classes in the region and will allow Drury to offer summer classes in Lebanon for the first time in several years. The space houses a new computer lab and student lounge. It will also be home to the Drury Law Enforcement Academy’s second location, starting in June. This is the first time law enforcement courses will be offered by Drury in the Lebanon area.

The site may be new, but Drury’s commitment to the Lebanon area dates back more than 30 years. Drury began offering classes in Lebanon in 1986. The campus offers students the ability to fully complete associates degrees on site, and offers classes toward a bachelor’s degree in a number of fields. Lebanon is one of nine CCPS branch campuses across southwest Missouri.

“We are excited for this expansion in Lebanon and the opportunities it presents,” says Jana Neiss, dean of the College of Continuing Professional Studies. “Over the years, Drury has received steady support from the Lebanon community and we look forward to continuing that partnership.”

Summer classes begin Monday, June 5. For more information about enrolling in CCPS classes, call (417) 873-7373, email ccps@drury.edu or visit www.drury.edu/ccps. For information about the Law Enforcement Academy, contact Tony Bowers at (417) 873-7542, email tbowers@drury.edu or visit www.drury.edu/law-enforcement.

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Info session for Lebanon Law Enforcement Academy to be held Friday

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., January 26, 2017 — An information session for students interested in enrolling in the new Drury Law Enforcement Academy in Lebanon will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, Jan. 27, at the Laclede County Office of Emergency Management, 200 N. Adams Avenue.

Drury’s College of Continuing Professional Studies will launch the new academy site in Lebanon in early summer. This is the second academy site for Drury. The university’s Springfield academy has met the needs of local enforcement training and employment since 2004.

The Lebanon academy will meet in the evening Monday through Thursday, and during 10 weekends, for one year. After completion, graduates receive a Class A License and meet the minimum requirements for employment with municipal, county and state law enforcement positions. Students also graduate with 24 college credit hours that can be applied to a degree program. Drury University’s Law Enforcement Academy is approved by the state of Missouri as a Law Enforcement Training entity. Financial aid is available for those who qualify and the program meets the requirements for military education benefits.

An additional information session will be held in March. For more information about the Academy or the information sessions, contact Law Enforcement Academy Director Tony Bowers at (417) 873-7542 or tbowers@drury.edu.

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Drury to launch Law Enforcement Academy in Lebanon in 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., December 9, 2016 — Ozarkers seeking a career in law enforcement will have a new option next year as Drury University’s College of Continuing Professional Studies launches a Law Enforcement Academy in Lebanon in early summer 2017. This is the second academy site for Drury. The university’s Springfield academy has met the needs of local enforcement training and employment since 2004.

The academy will meet in the evening Monday through Thursday, and during 10 weekends, for nine months. After completion, graduates receive a Class A License and meet the minimum requirements for employment with municipal, county and state law enforcement positions. Students also graduate with 24 college credit hours that can be applied to a degree program.

Drury University’s Law Enforcement Academy is approved by the state of Missouri as a Law Enforcement Training entity. Financial aid is available for those who qualify and the program meets the requirements for military education benefits.

“We look forward to expanding to the Lebanon, Camdenton and Waynesville areas and working with those local agencies to satisfy their training and employment needs,” said Tony Bowers, Director of the Law Enforcement Agency.

Defensive tactics training at the Drury Law Enforcement Academy.

Defensive tactics training at the Drury Law Enforcement Academy.

The expansion announcement has already garnered support from law enforcement leaders in the Lebanon area, including Laclede County Sheriff David Millsap.

“I have been affiliated with the Drury Academy for a number of years and appreciate their commitment to providing quality training to police recruits,” said Millsap, who is an adjunct instructor for the Academy in Springfield. “Their reputation for professional training will attract potential law enforcement officers from not only Laclede County but also the Ft. Leonard Wood area, as well as the Lake of Ozarks. The Laclede County Sheriff’s Office is excited about this training opportunity so close to home, and we look forward to working with Drury to make the Lebanon site a success.”

Informational sessions are planned for January and March in Lebanon. Those interested in more information about the Academy or the upcoming info sessions, can contact Tony Bowers at tbowers@drury.edu.

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Media Contact: Kristy Nelson, Director of Marketing – CCPS: (417) 873-7317 or knelson008@drury.edu.

Drury University CCPS celebrates National Nontraditional Student Week

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., November 8, 2016 — Drury University’s College of Continuing Professional Studies is celebrating National Nontraditional Student Week.

“Drury has a long-standing commitment to continuing and professional education, and we’re pleased to have this chance to recognize our hard-working and dedicated students who often have to balance family and work responsibilities in addition to pursuing their degree,” said Aaron Jones, Dean of the College of Continuing Professional Studies.

Each branch campus is hosting special activities to honor their students. On Sunday, 37 students were inducted into the Alpha Sigma Lamda honor society. On Monday, CCPS staff gave out snacks and Drury swag to CCPS students. Other events include a “Bring A Friend to Class Night” on Wednesday evening and the annual Veterans Day Celebration at 11 a.m. on Friday in the Plaster Gallery of the O’Reilly Family Event Center. That event is open to the public.

Throughout the week, CCPS students can pick up free tickets to Saturday’s basketball game against Webster University. Tickets can be picked up between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. in Burnham Hall 206.

Drury University’s College of Continuing Professional Studies offers classes in Springfield, Ava, Cabool, Fort Leonard Wood, Lebanon, Monett, St. Robert, Rolla, West Plains, and online in 8-week and 16-week terms as well as online and blended formats. For more information, visit www.drury.edu/ccps.

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Dr. Jana Neiss named as College of Continuing Professional Studies dean

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 7, 2016 — Drury University has appointed Dr. Jana Neiss as its next Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College of Continuing Professional Studies (CCPS). Neiss succeeds Aaron Jones, the continuing studies dean since 2012, who will transition to a new position: Chief of Staff to Drury President Dr. Tim Cloyd.

Neiss will begin her duties in January 2017. She earned a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Missouri and a master’s degree from Pittsburg State University in Kansas. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Ozark Bible College in Joplin.

Neiss has deep roots at Drury, having begun her academic career as an adjunct CCPS faculty member in 1993. She then helped start Drury’s branch campus in Rolla in 1995. In 2008 she became the Director of CCPS’s Mid-Missouri Region. She and her husband, David, have two sons, Charles and Garrett, who both graduated from Drury – one from the traditional day school and the other from CCPS.

For the past six years, Neiss has worked as the Director of the Teacher Education Program at Missouri University of Science & Technology. In that role, she oversaw the university’s teacher certification curriculum, led accreditation efforts, and facilitated key external partnerships with public schools.

Jana Neiss

“Jana brings a deep knowledge of Drury, an understanding of adult education, established relationships in our CCPS communities, and a proven track record that make her uniquely qualified for this position,” said President Cloyd.

While at S&T, Neiss was recognized for innovative programming and curriculum work, including initiation of a STEM-focused elementary teacher certification, and co-directing more than $1 million in state grants for science education and quantitative literacy. She also was recruited to serve on several state and national boards and committees, including representing Missouri at the National Summit on Teacher Education and the Common Core, and chairing the Missouri Council of Education Deans and Directors. She was tapped by Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to serve on Missouri’s Network for Transforming Educator Preparation.

“I am excited to come back to Drury and reconnect with former colleagues and create new relationships with other members of the Drury community,” Neiss said. There’s a great level of enthusiasm about Drury’s recent successes and potential for future growth, and I look forward to being part of it.”

Jones will assume chief of staff duties full time in January, where he will work with President Cloyd, Trustees, faculty and staff to enhance communication, coordination, and transparency across the university. He will be responsible for accelerating the development of long-range institutional strategy and planning for the day school, CCPS, graduate studies and athletics.

“While this is a new position for Drury, it is a crucial role at many universities,” said President Cloyd. “Aaron will be an honest broker in synthesizing, compiling and articulating the opinions of Drury’s various constituencies.”

About CCPS

Drury’s College of Continuing Professional Studies offers bachelor and associate degree programs primarily in the evening at the main Springfield campus and at nine branch locations across the region. Academic programs are designed to meet the needs of adult students with hectic lifestyles that make traditional degree completion impractical. Additionally, CCPS offers online courses for undergraduate and graduate programs to enhance flexibility and quality of the education experience of Drury students.

For more information, go to www.drury.edu/ccps.

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Media Contact: Mike Brothers, Director of Media Relations – (417) 873-7390 or mikebrothers@drury.edu.