New MOU with Arkansas Tech University to benefit U of O international students

International students at University of the Ozarks now have another opportunity for graduate study, thanks to a new academic collaboration with Arkansas Tech University.

U of O President Richard L. Dunsworth and ATU President Dr. Robin E. Bowen recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will allow eligible U of O international students to be conditionally admitted into the Arkansas Tech master of arts degree program in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL).

The agreement was formalized during a meeting at Chambers Cafeteria in Russellville on Thursday, Aug. 25.

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U of O President Richard L. Dunsworth and Arkansas Tech University President Dr. Robin E. Bowen signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the two universities on Aug. 25.

U of O international students with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 may apply for conditional graduate admission at Arkansas Tech during their final semester of undergraduate coursework. Conditional acceptance may be granted in earlier semesters per approval from the head of the Arkansas Tech Department of English and World Languages and the dean of the Arkansas Tech Graduate College.

The MOU states that U of O students admitted to the Arkansas Tech master of arts in TESOL program will have the opportunity to complete the 30 graduate credits required for the degree in one calendar year.       

Dunsworth said he believes agreements like this will aid Ozarks in international recruiting.

"We’re constantly looking for new ways and opportunities to help our students gain the most out of their academic experience and the master’s degree in TESOL can open many doors for our international students," Dunsworth said. "Being able to earn both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from two U.S. universities in just five years is a real advantage for our international students.  By providing these types of opportunities, we are following our mission of preparing students to live a full life."

Dunsworth added, "this MOU is the first step to a stronger collaboration between Ozarks and Arkansas Tech to develop programs and projects that will benefit students on both campuses."