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Cottey Receives Approval for New B.A. Programs

Cottey College has received notification from its accrediting agency, The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, that it has been granted general authority to offer additional baccalaureate programs in the social sciences and humanities, and has received an additional 10 years of accreditation.

"This is more than good news, this is great news!" said Dr. Judy Rogers, President of the College. "It's an exciting time at Cottey College. We will have our first graduates in our existing baccalaureate programs this May, and the authority to include additional four-year degree programs can only enhance the College's growth and long-term stability. Plus, it gives us the flexibility to offer the majors that are important to today's students. We look forward to the opportunities and challenges this freedom offers us."

"We are so pleased that The Higher Learning Commission has granted us both the maximum number of years allowable for reaccreditation and the general authority to offer additional baccalaureate programs for our students," added Dr. Rogers. "We cannot wait to begin the new program offerings. This notification validates the strength of Cottey's educational program, something those of us who work here knew all along. It is, however, gratifying to hear it from impartial observers."

Officials at the College anticipate the first two new Bachelor of Arts degree programs to be offered will be a degree in business and in liberal arts. Liberal arts is a course of studies covering the range of the liberal arts: fine arts, humanities, mathematics and science, and social science, and allows students to chose a focus for their major. Cottey currently offers a BA in international business which focuses on multinational corporations; the new degree will focus specifically on management.

"We will be able to offer both of these bachelor's degrees beginning with the fall 2013 semester," said Dr. Rogers.

Currently, the College offers four-year degrees in English, Environmental Studies, International Relations and Business, and Psychology.

Cottey College, an independent women's college located in Nevada, Missouri, offers two-year and selected four-year degree programs. Its residential student capacity of 350 students typically represents 40 states and 24 countries. Cottey is owned and supported by the P.E.O. Sisterhood, an international women's philanthropic educational organization, making Cottey the only nonsectarian college in the United States owned and supported by women for women.