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What is the Foreign Languages Institute at Missouri State University?
On September 17, 2012, Missouri State University Interim President Clif Smart and his counterparts at Evangel University, Drury University, Southwest Baptist University, and Ozarks Technical Community College signed an agreement to create the Foreign Languages Institute. This marked the culmination of several years of collaborative discussion and planning.
The Foreign Languages Institute is a Missouri State-led partnership among five Springfield-area institutions of higher learning. Its purpose is to expand opportunities for students at all of the partner schools and in the broader community to learn languages, particularly those identified as critical or “less commonly taught” languages. Although most area schools are able to offer robust language programs in Spanish, French, and German, many cannot offer courses in other languages because of low enrollments of the lack of faculty resources. The Foreign Languages Institute will allow the partner schools to combine students and to share instructional resources, such as faculty and facilities, thus saving money and making it possible to offer collaboratively many languages that could otherwise not be offered.
The classes will be held in the Jim D. Morris Center in downtown Springfield. The first offerings, in Italian and Portuguese, are set to begin this spring. Other languages to be offered by the Institute include Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Russian. Students from the partner schools will pay tuition to their home institutions to enroll in regular, three-credit classes. Members of the community will pay non-credit fees rather than tuition. The Institute may also offer shorter, specialized courses, such as Spanish for medical professionals or travel-prep courses in various languages for groups preparing to study abroad.
The Institute will be jointly administered by the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and the International Programs office and will also have an advisory board consisting of Missouri State personnel and members from the partner institutions and the community.