MCC composition class will now count as a required English class at MU

There’s good news for Missouri community college students planning to transfer to the University of Missouri in Columbia: Composition 1 classes will now count as a required MU English credit instead of an elective.

Metropolitan Community College requires two English courses for the associate in arts degree, a popular option for transfer students: English 101 and 102, also known as Composition and Reading 1 and 2.

The only caveat is that students must earn a C- or better for Mizzou to accept the composition course as a writing-intensive credit.

The change is effective this semester. Community college students who started at MU this semester, as well as those already admitted for Spring 2018, will receive the appropriate credit for their composition 1 coursework.

The news was announced recently at a meeting of the Missouri Community College Association’s Presidents and Chancellors Council. MU hosts the annual luncheon.

Recent legislation (Missouri Senate Bill 997) requires a 42-credit-hour block of lower-division general education courses at two-year and four-year Missouri schools and the seamless transfer of those courses between the institutions. While most state institutions require two courses (six credits) of English composition, MU requires one course, English composition 2.

MCC Chancellor Kimberly Beatty (center left, in red) and other MCC leaders were among those at a recent meeting of the Missouri Community College Association’s Presidents and Chancellors Council. Chief academic officers also attended the annual luncheon on the University of Missouri campus.
Chancellor Beatty with MU’s Truman the Tiger
At an MCCA dinner at Mizzou, Chancellor Beatty met MU student Shelby Hart, who had transferred from MCC. She’d planned on going to UMKC but mentioned to MCC-Maple Woods music instructor Jim Murray that her dream school had always been Mizzou. She didn’t consider it a financially viable option, but Murray “really pushed me to pursue what I truly wanted and he helped me come up with a couple different plans for how I could transfer.” She’s working on a B.A. in English with a minor in film studies.