Drury President Todd Parnell and OTC President Hal Higdon

Drury and OTC Sign Dual Admission Agreement for A+ Students

For Immediate Release: September 17

Chip Parker
Senior Assistant Director, Admission
(417) 873-7504

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 17, 2009 — Drury University and Ozarks Technical Community College (OTC) signed an agreement today that will dual admit A+ students to both institutions. Qualifying students that began at OTC in the fall of 2009, as freshmen, are eligible for the program.

“This is just another example of the commitment to collaboration between our institutions in the interest of providing educational opportunities to our students,” said Todd Parnell, Drury president.

“This partnership provides an excellent opportunity for our A+ students to continue their education at Drury,” said Dr. Hal Higdon, president of Ozarks Technical Community College. “Those students who benefit from the A+ program in their first two years will now be eligible for scholarships that were not previously available.”

Photo Gallery: Drury / OTC A+ Agreement Signing
Images from the September 17, 2009 A+ dual admission agreement signing between Drury University and Ozarks Technical Community College.

To be qualified for early admission at Drury, the A+ students must be admissible to Drury, maintain at least a 3.25 grade point average each semester at OTC and graduate from OTC with an associate’s degree.

OTC will offer A+ students the opportunity to dual enroll at Drury when they enter OTC. In return, Drury agrees to make available the same opportunities for financial aid that the transfer student would have received as a freshman. In addition, Drury will make available several special $5,000 scholarships for which only A+ pre-admitted students are eligible.

The pre-admitted student will have the option to pay a $50 per semester student activity fee. That will give the OTC students access to many of the campus services and opportunities that Drury’s full-time students enjoy, including:

  • Campus cultural events
  • Olin Library
  • Fitness Center
  • Intramural and club sports
  • Debate team
  • Convocation series
  • Access to academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Parking

“By having the opportunity to take part in campus activities we hope that students in the early admission program will get a sense of the special intellectual community at Drury,” said Dr. Charles Taylor, vice president for academic affairs.

A+ is a state program that provides tuition to any Missouri public community college or career/technical school to high school students that meet the following requirements*:

  • Graduate from high school with an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4-point scale.
  • Have an overall attendance rate of at least 95 percent for grades 9-12.
  • Perform 50 hours of district-supervised, unpaid tutoring or mentoring.
  • Enter into a written agreement with the high school prior to graduation.
  • Attend an A+ designated school for three years immediately prior to graduation.
  • Maintain a record of good citizenship and avoid the use of drugs and alcohol

(*Source: Missouri DESE)


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Ozarks Technical Community College offers Associates degrees and certificates in a variety of technical, allied health, and two-year transfer degree programs. Classes are available at five locations throughout southwest Missouri; students can also earn a complete Associates degree through the College’s online classes. A degree can be completed in two years or less, at a fraction of the cost of many area colleges. For more information or to register for classes, visit www.otc.edu or call (417) 447-7500.