Crowder College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association. Specifics about Crowder’s current accreditation can be accessed at the Higher Learning Commission website or by clicking on the HLC link to the left.
Crowder College is also affiliated with the Missouri Department of Higher Education and seeks approvals through the Coordinating Board of Higher Education. Information can be accessed on the Missouri Department of Higher Education website at http://dhe.mo.gov/.
In 1963, the citizens of Newton and McDonald Counties voted, in an overwhelming four-to-one majority, to establish Crowder College, a public community college. In the fall of 1964, the college began operation in left-over buildings from Camp Crowder, with 378 student and high expectations. In the ensuing years Crowder has added buildings and programs, and now enrolls over 5,500 college credit students and serves several thousand others annually in industrial training, family literacy programs, and continuing education.
The real beginnings of the college date back to 1941 when, as part of the general buildup leading into World War II, Camp Crowder was built, which sprawled over 65,000 acres and had thousands of buildings. The college is named both for the Camp and for General Enoch Crowder, a prominent Missourian and soldier for whom the camp was named. For the four war years, the area was transformed and Neosho became a “camp town,” with over 40,000 soldiers, plus support personnel, families, and civilian workers. As the war ended, demobilization left the camp a ghost town. Many of the buildings were sold and moved and others were left to deteriorate.
Newton and McDonald Halls were constructed by the government in 1956-58 as Bachelor Officer Quarters, with anticipation of a permanent military base. Minds changed, the base was again closed, and the government looked for positive ways to disperse the Camp land and buildings. Insightful leaders of the two-county area envisioned the potential for creating a junior college from the remains of the camp, and through their work, Crowder College became a reality.
As the college has grown, new additions have been made to the 600-acre campus and elsewhere in the service region. In addition to the main campus in Neosho, there are Centers in Cassville, Nevada, and Webb City; and a new one is now being constructed in Jane in McDonald County. There are also various attendance sites around our nine-county service area,
In addition to excellent academic programs, the college has expanded its curriculum to include customized employee training for industry through the Alliance for Business, truck driving, paramedic, protective services, and water/wastewater training. It serves as the Area Vo-Tech School for five district high schools and has one of the largest Upward Bound programs in the nation (preparing high school students for college). It also provides ESL (English as a Second Language) instruction to the Southwest Missouri area, adult basic education and literacy, and support programs for Hispanic and migrant students.
We believe that access and quality are compatible and that both can be more fully realized through a proactive stance seeking to make the public aware of and interested in opportunities available.
We believe in strong ties and relationships between the College and other educational institutions, both secondary and post-secondary, the community, and the businesses and organizations that support our community. We view the College as having an active role in economic and social development through continuing education and customized training, directed toward improving work skills and productivity, creating a more desirable work and social environment, and adding to the general quality of life within the region.
Crowder College: Building a civil, serving, literate, learning community of responsible citizens.
The Crowder College Board of Trustees formally adopted these values as ones that, as a college family, we should continuously be engaged in….
CARING: in honoring the inherent worth of each individual and in demonstrating that worth through expressions and acts of caring and concern toward each person served by the College.
THE PURSUIT OF LEARNING: in exploring and putting into practice the best that is known about how people learn and develop as human beings.
FOSTERING CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION: in exploring new ideas, trying new approaches, encouraging calculated risks when the potential result seems promising, and in keeping what works and casting aside what does not.
ETHICAL BEHAVIOR: in demonstrating through personal action that people should relate to each other ethically – with honesty, responsibility, personal integrity, and a desire to be fair in all of their dealings.
WORKING COLLABORATIVELY: in ensuring that every person in the organization shares in shaping the College’s future and is valued for his or her contribution.
SERVING OTHERS: in helping each person touched by the College become freer, wiser, and better able to serve themselves through our service to them.
Board of Trustees
Andy Wood, President, Neosho
Vickie Barnes, Treasurer, Neosho
Rick Butler, Vice President, Neosho
Diane Andris, Neosho
Al Chapman, Ph.D., Secretary, Anderson
Larry Vancuren, Southwest City
Dr. Jennifer Methvin, President
Amy Rand, Vice President of Finance
Dr. Glenn Coltharp, Vice President of Academic Affairs
Tiffany Slinkard, Vice President of Student Affairs