Southeast could not be prouder of its rich 150-year history. The tradition. The struggles. The successes and every miscue that led to powerful learning moments.

The institution has grown with its students and its region. It’s learned where it wants to go and what it plans to be. The power of Southeast Missouri State is the transformational educational experience it brings not only to its students but also to their families, their communities. It has prepared tens of thousands of professionals who have gone on to teach, to research, to care, to treat, to create, to produce, to serve and to lead. That would be an impressive story if it ended there, but Southeast Missouri State University is just getting started.

As the landscape of higher education changes at a rapid pace, I believe Southeast will continue to be a destination institution. … I know our best days are ahead of us as we work together to positively impact student success.

Dr. Carlos Vargas, Southeast President

Southeast is committed to student success and contributing to the region. This is the bedrock upon which the University has built its new Strategic Action Plan.

Southeast’s Strategic Action Plan calls for increasing enrollment of historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, Pell-eligible students and first-generation college students.

Ke-La Harris graduated in 2020 with a degree in middle school education with a mathematics concentration and is now employed as an eighth grade mathematics teacher in the Riverview Garden School District in St. Louis.