The purpose of the office of Access Programs is to improve the retention and persistence rates of first-generation, low-income students who are members of an Access Organization, and prepare those students to be successful at Missouri State University and beyond.
The office partners with Access Organizations as well as other MSU departments to offer students holistic support and guidance. The office provides academic support programming, advising, and referrals designed to enhance student success. The programming includes assisting students in establishing goals and a plan to achieve those goals.
While all MSU students have access to academic advising, counseling, career coaching, campus programming, and leadership opportunities; Access Programs are designed to ensure students are intentionally utilizing such services. Students are guided through the processes/resources to maximize their ability to be successful.
The Access Programs also have varying levels of scholarship money provided to the students by MSU. The office works with high school students at Access Programs to help recruit them to MSU. We visit students in St. Louis, Kansas City and Springfield and host several recruitment events on campus.
Access Programs community partnerships are with the following organizations: