Dr. Bruce Speck only spent a few sentences talking about it, but left no doubt to anyone hearing his words that he (or the person who is pulling his strings) is ready to give Missouri Southern State University's international program the old heave ho.
Speck noted that no one had really approved of the international mission at the college, leaving the impression that it was just another whim of Dr. Julio Leon. As anyone who has followed the university's news the past several months knows, much effort has been made by Board of Governors Chairman Dwight Douglas and Speck to discredit anything having to do with Dr. Leon.
An examination by the Coordinating Board of Higher Education will give MSSU "an excellent opportunity" to examine the international mission.
Speck was also careful to point out "Our mission is much larger than the international component," another indication that the program may be headed the way of the men's soccer team and the women's tennis team.
Or, if it continues, that it will be a mere shadow of what it has been- a magnet to students looking for a broader education.