Background Information: Mineral Area College (MAC), formerly Flat River Junior College, was founded in 1922 as a part of the Flat River School District. The College became a district community college founded by election in 1965. Located in Park Hills, Missouri, Mineral Area College is situated in a semi-rural area 70 miles south of St. Louis, Missouri. This open-door public, co-educational institution serves approximately 3,500 students enrolled in 37 programs and extends to five outreach centers located in Farmington, Fredericktown, Perryville, Potosi, and Winona. The College employs 9 administrators, 2 housing staff, 77 full-time faculty, 110 full-time staff, 197 adjunct faculty, and 264 part-time staff, bringing the total number of employees to 659. The College is focused on its integrity, flexibility, creativity, responsiveness, quality instruction, and commitment to working for the benefit of the educational and cultural needs of citizens in the service region.
The District: The District is a community college district and political subdivision of the State of Missouri. The District’s boundaries (and, thereby, the area in which the District levies taxes) consist of St. Francois County, Madison County and portions of Ste. Genevieve, Washington, Jefferson, and Perry counties. The District’s service region is significantly broader than its legal boundaries. The service region consists of all of St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Perry, Madison, Iron, Washington, Shannon, and Texas counties. The service area’s population is approximately 185,000.
Programs: The College’s programs include three degrees offered through the Arts and Sciences Division at the Associate’s level: The Associate of Arts, the Associate of Arts in Teaching, and the Associate of General Studies. The other 34 programs are offered in Career and Technical Education at the certificate and Associate’s level and include programs in healthcare, business, computer information, criminal justice, child development, and technology. Since its inception, MAC has conferred over 10,000 degrees and remains the focal point of the surrounding community for education, the arts, community service, and continuing education.
Distance Education: In April 2013, the College was granted approval to expand its distance delivery from 5 to 20 percent. Previously, the College was approved to offer only its Criminal Justice Program online and has been approved to do so since 2005. The College has made recent improvements to its computer infrastructure and personnel in anticipation of expansion of its distance delivery programs.
The mission of Mineral Area College is to serve the community, to provide students a quality, affordable education, and to offer opportunities for professional and personal development in a safe, professional environment.
Mineral Area College is recognized as an innovative educational institution and will:
- Encourage and support individuals, businesses, and organizations to meet their educational needs;
- Serve as a resource for community and cultural enrichment;
- Attract, develop, and retain dedicated, diverse, and professional employees;
- Recruit, develop, and retain a diverse student population by providing an accessible, quality, and affordable education;
- Provide staff, faculty, and students with appropriate resources for programs and services;
- Strengthen relationships with school districts and community agencies;
- Provide for the security needs of staff, faculty, students, and visitors through a community-based, collaborative approach to campus safety.
Mineral Area College adopts the following organizational priorities as outlined in the 2014-2019 Strategic Plan:
- Elevating Student Success: Mineral Area College is dedicated to the belief that a college education is essential to obtain the knowledge and skills required for life-changing educational, career and cultural opportunities. In accordance with this belief, the college is committed to increasing student enrollment, academic success and program completion.
- Measuring and Improving Student Learning Outcomes: Providing students with a quality education is at the heart of Mineral Area College’s mission. To align with its commitment to continuous quality improvement, the college will, for each course and program, continually pursue acceptable targets for common student learning outcomes, measure those outcomes, and implement improvements to advance student learning.
- Valuing People, Relationships, and Ideas: Mineral Area College promotes a close, caring relationship among all members of the college community and is committed to providing staff and faculty with appropriate resources for personal development and growth. In accordance with this belief, the college will focus on providing the resources necessary to cultivate its culture of collaboration, innovation and productivity.
- Refining the Information Systems Infrastructure: Mineral Area College is committed to continuous academic and operational quality improvement. The college will focus on refining and expanding its information technology infrastructure to support the level of data-driven decisions needed to propel continuous improvement and to support student success.
- Improving Operational Effectiveness: Keeping education affordable while elevating quality is a cornerstone of Mineral Area College’s commitment to the communities it serves. To balance these objectives, the college will continually seek alternative funding sources and devote attention to cost control and performance initiatives.