Southeast’s 150-year-history is a compelling narrative. It would be an impressive story if it ended right here, but Southeast Missouri State University is just getting started.

We are boldly writing our next chapter to reflect the rapid change occurring both in higher education and at Southeast. These are exciting times for us to collaborate, forge partnerships, adapt to a new reality and embrace change, transforming our University with the same enthusiasm we encourage our students to transform their lives. Southeast Missouri State University is 150 years strong, planning, preparing for and making our future.


We are stronger together. We embrace that philosophy, and we are grateful for our invaluable community partners.


Working With the Community

  • US Aviation Group and Cape Girardeau Regional Airport

    Southeast is partnering with US Aviation Group (USAG) and the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport to offer its new Professional Pilot program that launched in fall 2021.
  • Regional School Districts

    Southeast partners with regional school districts to prepare future teachers and develop Grow Your Own Teacher programs to not only recruit more students into teacher education but also to diversity the student body in teacher education programs.
  • Mercy Hospital Southeast and Saint Francis Medical Center

    Our local hospitals, including Southeast Missouri Hospital and Saint Francis Medical Center, as well as other area agencies, have long served as clinical training ground for our nursing students, ensuring they are well prepared for professional practice from the moment they graduate.
  • Ameren Missouri and the Show Me Center

    Solar arrays at the Show Me Center parking are providing clean energy for Ameren Missouri customers, thanks to a partnership with Ameren Missouri. Southeast’s Show Me Center parking lots are now boasting 3,500 working solar panels harnessing sunlight to generate clean energy and providing an opportunity for students to learn more about sustainable energy.

Mercy Hospital Southeast orthopedic and sports medicine physicians provide orthopedic, primary medical care, athletic training and physical therapy services, and invest in the University by providing diagnostic equipment and athletic training supplies, as well as scholarships for students.  

In collaboration between Southeast and the City of Cape Girardeau, Capaha Field has been modernized and a new baseball training facility adjacent to the field has been added.

Southeast’s corporate degree partnership offers TG Missouri supervisors and managers the opportunity to complete Southeast stackable credentials online under a customized Industrial Management Program designed for TG.

Through a partnership with rustmedia, Southeast is a sponsor of both the Next Project and the Shipyard Music Festival. The Next Project shines the spotlight on area youth who are difference makers thinking big and planning for their futures. The Shipyard is a two-day music festival featuring national touring acts, visual arts, and a variety of food and beverage on the Mississippi River in historic Downtown Cape Girardeau.

The University has developed a strong partnership with MidAmerica Transplant (MAT) to save lives through excellence in organ and tissue donation. A component of the relationship is a partnership between MAT and Redhawk Athletics to raise awareness for organ, eye and tissue donation with a focus on honoring donors, their families and transplant recipients. Another component is collaboration with Southeast's Department of Nursing faculty who developed a curriculum on organ transplants, which has been used to train over 1,000 nurses. MAT also has partnered with Southeast to design and build a sculpture at Southeast’s River Campus to honor those in the Heartland who have donated lifesaving organs and tissue to patients in need. In addition, MAT has pledged a $100,000 gift to the Southeast Missouri University Foundation in support of Southeast’s Holland College of Arts and Media and scholarships in the Department of Nursing.

Athletics partnered with Ground-A-Bout to develop Redhawk Roast, the officially licensed SEMO Redhawks coffee.


Working With the Community

  • Rust Communications Partnership

    A partnership with Rust Communications in 2011 led to an agreement with the Southeast Missourian to provide oversight of the print publication as well as a more robust student-produced news website of the Arrow, Southeast’s student newspaper. Under the partnership, Southeast also entered into a lease agreement with Rust Communications for space in a building owned by Rust Communications at 325 Broadway, now known as the Rust Center for Media. The partnership with Rust Communications and the Southeast Missourian has sparked significant innovation at the Arrow over the past 12 years.
  • Event Center of Century Casino

    Partnered with the Event Center of Century Casino Nutrition for instructional space for hospitality management students to use state-of-the-art equipment.
  • Southeast and the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center

    Southeast and the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center (CTC) are collaborating to offer a bachelor’s degree in respiratory therapy beginning fall 2023.
  • MoExcels Workforce Initiative

    Southeast is enhancing computer science and cybersecurity facilities and training opportunities through a partnership with industry and private partners and by leveraging a $1,961,615 MoExcels Workforce Initiative grant.

We are Planning, Preparing, Acting

Under our new Strategic Action Plan, we are:

  • Aligning our curriculum with the evolving needs of the marketplace.
    • Bachelor’s degree in horticulture and cannabis
    • Professional Pilot Program
    • We are piloting “Introduction to Virtual Reality” in spring 2023 as we expand educational offerings.
  • Exploring New Programs
    • Graduate degrees in data analytics and agribusiness
    • Undergraduate degrees in water resource management and aviation management 
  • Creating more flexible learning options
    • In-person
    • Online
    • Hy-flex
  • Established a new Economic and Workforce Development division.
  • Meeting our enrollment goals:
    • Fall 2022 Graduate enrollment: ↑20%
    • Fall 2022 International enrollment: ↑56%
  • Taking actions to improve access:
    • Test-optional admissions
    • Implemented new strategic programs: Copper Dome Scholars and Will To Do Award
  • Engaging in important work on diversity and inclusion.
    • Hired new Assistant to the President for Equity Issues and Title IX coordinator

To be good stewards of our resources

  • Moved to Self-Insurance
  • Partnered with ABM for custodial support.
  • Achieved $12 million in savings through a multi-year budget planning model instituted in 2019.
  • Awaiting the possibility of a new Missouri higher education funding model that could be considered during the 2024 legislative session.
  • Moving forward with the silent phase of a comprehensive campaign, with initiatives such as the Houck Multiuse Complex crossing divisional boundaries.
    • Last year, the Advancement Division raised over $10 million in charitable support, the most successful year in Foundation history.

Adjusting our business practices

Evaluating the ways we teach

  • We are studying our online programs to remain competitive in the online education space.
  • We are engaging with the Bootheel community to help us to continue to offer our programs in the region in a sustainable manner.

Enhancing the ways we work

  • Reviewing remote work policies to attract and retain talent.
  • Improved resident security by replacing analog security cameras with new IP cameras in Group Housing, Merick Hall, Vandiver Hall, Myers Hall, and Towers West.
  • Improved campus infrastructure by implementing multi-factor authentication for all campus accounts.
  • Established a cross-functional Facilities Planning Advisory Committee to improve the planning, prioritization, and execution of facilities investments. A work group also has been established to implement the central scheduling of classrooms.
  • Revised the structure and work of the FY24 Budget Review Committee to enhance the transparency of the University’s budgeting process.
  • Completed implementation of a salary equity study.
  • Completed department and office reorganizations.
  • Adjusting employee benefits.
  • Implemented a new Employee Assistance Program
  • Introduced a new medical travel benefit and free recreation center memberships.

Southeast Missouri State University strives to be one of the nation’s most academically competitive regional comprehensive universities, recognized for excellence in education, research, engagement, and creativity.