Teach Out of Programs at Ozark Regional Location

| July 31, 2014

A message from Julian Schuster, Provost, Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer:

One of Webster’s competitive advantages is our ability to be nimble in the delivery of our degree programs and to adjust to the changing needs of students, employers, and communities. We continuously review our offerings at extended campuses to ensure that degree programs are relevant, delivery methods are attractive, enrollment is sufficient to create an environment conducive to learning and networking, and sites are financially healthy.

Webster’s history of meeting unmet need has meant that we have opened new extended sites where we can document there is need and opportunity, and it has meant that we have made the decision to close sites where need has been met or where enrollment in courses has declined to the point that students will not have the optimal educational experience.

The site review process undertaken in 2013 established criteria and baseline data by which we review our sites. Based on this information, and in consultation with Academic Affairs leadership and the site director, we have made the decision to teach out our degree programs at the Ozarks Regional location in Springfield, Missouri. While students over the past 15 years have received – and continue to receive – a high-quality academic experience, continued declining enrollment at the site does not provide the ideal academic experience for students.

We are following our established teach-out process, including advance notice to students, and offering options for completing degrees on-site within the next year, online, or at other Webster locations. The two staff members will remain at the location through Summer of 2015, and we will work with them on other opportunities within the Webster network. Partnerships cultivated with specific employers in the area will continue, with the possibility of cohorts offered in particular programs where there is need and interest.

As always, we strive to make decisions that support long-term sustainability for Webster, for our students and for our communities.

Sincerely,

Julian Schuster
Provost, Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

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