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MSU President: Relationship with OTC is 'Envy of Entire State'

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Two of Springfield's top schools have signed agreements to make it easier for students to transfer to Missouri State University.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Two of Springfield's top schools have signed agreements to make it easier for students to transfer to Missouri State University.

MSU and Ozarks Technical Community College (OTC) signed four articulation agreements Monday that provide a pathway for OTC students to transfer their Associate of Arts degree to complete a bachelor's degree entirely online with MSU.

OTC says a Bachelor of Science in finance, communication, general business, and health services - clinical services can be completed online for OTC students who have earned an Associate of Arts.  OTC students may transfer their credits for junior status with Missouri State University. 

"The online completion provides another chance for students to continue their education at an outstanding university while staying close to home and maintaining the flexible schedule they need," writes Dr. Hal Higdon, chancellor of Ozarks Technical Community College, in a statement Monday.

"Missouri State University is very fortunate to have a community college partner like OTC," added Missouri State President Clifton M. Smart III.  "Our relationship truly is the envy of the entire state.  The agreements we are signing today are yet another step in our relationship as we strive to provide educational opportunities for students."
According to the agreement, transfer students from OTC will have access to financial aid, scholarships and student services on the same basis as native students.
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