Teacher-Scholar: The Journal of the State Comprehensive University


When Missouri Governor Jay Nixon addressed a Higher Education Summit in August, 2010, he warned that, due to the financial challenges faced by the state, future cuts to all state agencies, including higher education, “w[ould] be substantial.” Nixon called upon higher education to adopt an agenda that strengthened Missouri’s higher education system while addressing workforce needs and economic development opportunities of the state. One key element of his proposed agenda was “cooperation and collaboration.” In response, the Missouri Alliance for Collaborative Education (MACE) was initiated to provide a medium through which institutions of higher education in the state of Missouri can collaborate and offer a full range of course offerings in programs that are facing enrollment and/or resource challenges, thereby using more efficiently the state’s increasingly limited resources, and helping prevent the loss of important academic programs.