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Universities sign agreement to improve diversity education


SPRINGFIELD, MO. — Missouri State University and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) signed an agreement on June 17 to examine ways to provide meaningful opportunities for underrepresented populations and increased education on and exposure to diversity and inclusion matters for faculty, staff and students.

Missouri State University’s Professional Education Unit (PEU) and the College of Education (COE) hosted several administrators from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) during their first visit to the Missouri State campus on June 17.

“We believe that partnering with the College of Education at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has great potential for broadening awareness, understanding and appreciation for the types of diversity enjoyed by communities in both the Ozark and Delta regions where we prepare teachers,” said Dr. Chris Craig, associate provost and head of the PEU. “We believe student and faculty exchange opportunities will enrich our current programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.”

As part of the agreement, Missouri State and UAPB agreed to explore the following opportunities:

  • Faculty co-teaching and faculty exchange arrangements
  • Articulation agreements, alternative modality course offerings and joint programs to enhance undergraduate and graduate level educational opportunities for students in the Ozarks and Arkansas Delta regions intending to pursue or advance a career in education
  • Cooperative arrangements to provide internship, practicum, student teaching and other out-of-the-classroom opportunities for students in the Ozarks and Arkansas Delta regions intending to pursue or advance a career in education

“The partnership with Missouri State University is very important and is symbolic of the evolving mission of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and the School of Education,” said Dr. Fredda Carroll, interim dean for the UAPB School of Education. “This collaborative effort is based on the principle of reciprocity and the opportunity to assure that our candidates and partners are benefitting from our work, and meeting the needs and demands of P-12 students.

“The partnership provides opportunities to develop creative and innovative curricular models accompanied by new instructional designs and professional development. This is an exciting time for our university and students and we look forward to a successful collaboration.