The School of Technology at the University of Central Missouri offers a wide range of future-focused, technology-related programs. Our graduates are highly recruited by regional and national companies, thanks to engaged learning opportunities such as internships, excellent academic advising, active student organizations, and an exceptional Career Services center. UCM is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. School of Technology programs are also nationally accredited and recognized so you can be sure you’ll graduate with a degree that’s respected in the real world.
You’ll learn from seasoned professionals who will share their real-world experiences with you. Because of our 17-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio you’ll have the opportunity to know them and for them to get to know you, too. They’ll be your mentors at UCM and well into your future career.
The mission of the School of Technology is to prepare students as management-oriented technical professionals and entrepreneurs for positions in business, industry, and government.
The faculty of the School of Technology (SOT) are committed to continue to improve the quality programs currently being offered at Central. The faculty incorporate this vision into their plans for the future, with the long-term goals stated below as guidelines to ensure that our programs will remain viable.
Goal #1: To continuously develop activities and associated laboratories to enhance student professional development as well as supporting the development of the Innovative Campus and Curriculum. This goal is in direct support of Central’s statewide mission in Professional Applied Sciences and Technology.
Strategies: To seek additional State funding, to seek external funding through the industries served by the relevant degrees, to seek new professional faculty and develop current faculty who can provide the technology and management expertise necessary to teach the curricula.
Goal #2: To continue to develop the Automotive Technology Management, Construction Management, Design & Drafting Technology, Engineering Technology, Fashion: Textiles and Clothing in Business, Networking Technology, Systems Engineering Technology and Technology (Transfer Program) programs into the premier programs of their type in Missouri.
Strategies: To continually seek the advice of the academic advisory boards (which may be defined as a group of persons selected from business or industry, and the professional community) to advise educators regarding professional programs of study. The purpose of the academic advisory boards is also to: assist with the maintenance of nationally accredited programs, continue and expand our participation in leadership roles of our professional organizations, continue the efforts of the faculty with the Continuous Process Improvement of the University, and establish additional networking and alliances with related industries.
Goal #3: To increase the number of students enrolled in the School's programs by 30 percent between the years 2014 to 2024.
Strategies: To continue the efforts of public school service by providing expertise to area schools through consulting, contests, and career day activities. Additionally, through increased publicity such as: web and mobile based materials, newsletters, videos, publications, and personal contacts by current faculty with prospective students SOT’s service to the secondary school system can be enhanced. Increased levels of financial support are available to students through: scholarships, grants, employment, and internships, as well as actively seeking students to increase the diversity of our student body.
Goal #4: To develop and revise curriculum materials in order to reflect student outcomes based on identified competencies and criteria, which will allow self-assessment and external assessment of programs.
Strategies: Use industry/graduate /employer survey research, current literature, and Industry Advisory Boards to identify competencies and include them as an integral part of the course content. These measures are part of the SOT formative assessment process.
Goal #5: To continuously refine the curriculum and produce graduates that meet or exceed industry expectations.
Strategies: To continue use of input from the academic advisory boards, employer/graduate surveys, program student exit interviews (in order to involve students in curricular developments); and to stay current with new industry developments. This is part of the SOT summative assessment process.