Harris–Stowe State University
|Harris–Stowe State University|
|Motto||Affordable, Accessible, Diverse|
|President||Dr. Albert Walker|
|Location||St. Louis, Missouri,
Harris Teachers College
|Location||1517 South Theresa, St. Louis, Missouri|
|Area||1.9 acres (0.77 ha)|
|Architectural style||Tudor Revival|
|Governing body||HSSU Board of Regents|
|MPS||St. Louis Public Schools of William B. Ittner MPS (AD)|
|NRHP Reference #||04000787|
|Added to NRHP||August 4, 2004|
Harris–Stowe State University is a historically black, public university located in midtown St. Louis, in the U.S. state of Missouri. The University is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.
Harris–Stowe State University traces its origin back to 1857 when it was founded by the St. Louis Public Schools as a normal school. It was the first public teacher education institution west of the Mississippi River and the 12th such institution in the United States. The earliest predecessor of Harris–Stowe State University was a normal school established for white students only, when the schools were racially segregated, by the Public School System of the city of St. Louis. This school was later named Harris Teachers College in honor of William Torrey Harris, who had been a Superintendent of Instruction in the St. Louis Public Schools and also a United States Commissioner of Education.
The College began offering in-service education for St. Louis white teachers as early as 1906. In 1920, Harris Teachers College became a four-year undergraduate institution authorized to grant a Bachelor of Arts in Education Degree. In 1924, the college received accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Accreditation from other agencies followed, including accreditation by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.
A second predecessor institution was Stowe Teachers College, an historically black college, which began in 1890 as a normal school for future black teachers of elementary schools in the city of St. Louis. This normal school was also founded by the St. Louis Public School System. It was an extension of Sumner High School. In 1924, the Sumner Normal School became a four-year institution with authority to grant the baccalaureate degree. In 1929, its name was changed to Stowe Teachers College, in honor of the abolitionist and author Harriet Beecher Stowe, noted in the antebellum years for her best-selling novel about slavery. These two teacher education institutions were merged by the Board of Education of the St. Louis Public Schools in 1954 as the first of several steps to integrate the public schools of St. Louis, following the US Supreme Court decision of Brown v. Board of Education that year. The merged institution retained the name Harris Teachers College.
Later, in response to the many requests from alumni of Stowe Teachers College and members of the greater St. Louis community, the Board of Education agreed to restore to the College's name the word "Stowe" and to drop the word "Teachers." In 1979, the General Assembly of the State of Missouri enacted Senate Bill 703 under which Harris-Stowe College became the newest member of the State system of public higher education. The institution's name was changed by the addition of the word "State" and it became officially known as Harris-Stowe State College. In addition, the College's baccalaureate degree was changed to Bachelor of Science in Education. In compliance with the new state standards and teacher certification requirements, the College's Teacher Education curriculum was modified, and three separate Teacher Education majors were approved: for Early Childhood, Elementary School, and Middle School/High School
In 1981, the College received state approval for a new degree program — the Bachelor of Science in Urban Education. This program is the only one of its kind at the undergraduate level in the United States and is designed to prepare non-teaching urban education specialists to be effective in solving the many urban-related problems facing today's urban schools. In 1993, the state's governor, Mel Carnahan, signed into law Senate Bill 153, which authorized the College to expand its mission in order to address unmet needs of metropolitan St. Louis in various applied professional disciplines. In response to that authority, Harris-Stowe developed two new baccalaureate degree programs:
- Business Administration, with professional options in Accounting, Management Information Systems, General Business and Marketing;
- Secondary Teacher Education, with subject-matter options in Biology, English, Mathematics and Social Studies.
On August 25, 2005, by mandate of the State of Missouri, Harris-Stowe State College obtained university status. Today the University hosts collaborative graduate degree programs with Maryville University, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and Webster University. The University continues to expand, adding new campuses and buildings as part of its 21st-century initiative to offer opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students seeking a variety of degrees.
From its beginnings as two normal schools in the mid and late 19th century to its present status as a state institution of public higher education, Harris–Stowe State University and its ancestors have been in the forefront of teacher education. With its mission expanded to include other professional disciplines, the University will provide additional opportunities to metropolitan St. Louisians in other important fields of endeavor. 
Academics & Accreditation
Harris–Stowe State University comprises three academic units:
- Anheuser-Busch School of Business awards Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting, Computer Technoogy, Entrepreneurship, Health Care Management, Business Administration (with an option in Management), Management Information, and Marketing.
- College of Arts & Sciences programs lead to Bachelor of Sciences degrees in Biology, Criminal Justice, Mathematics, Professional Interdisciplinary Studies, and Urban Affairs.
- College of Education programs are for a degree of Bachelor of Science and State of Missouri certification in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Middle School Education, or Secondary Education.
All degree programs at Harris-Stowe are dual level, with the first level emphasizing general education studies, and the upper level concentrating on professional studies.
The Anheuser-Busch School of Business receives additional accreditation through the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs and the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.
The School of Education receives additional accreditation through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
The Office of Student activities sponsors or hosts over thirty activity or special interest clubs, more than a dozen academic clubs and honor societies, several campus affiliate chapters of national organizations, and nearly a dozen Greek organizations (mostly in conjunction with other St. Louis area colleges and universities).
Harris-Stowe sponsors three men's and four women's teams in NAIA sanctioned sports:
The William L. Clay Sr. Early Childhood Development/Parenting Education Center
The William L. Clay Sr. Early Childhood Development/Parenting Education Center is an early childhood child care center that sits on the campus of Harris–Stowe State University. Harris-Stowe invested $11 million into the new facility that is used to train early learning professionals, provide parenting education, and high quality full day care for children. Harris-Stowe was awarded an FY09 Area Resources for Community and Human Services (ARCHS) start-up and expansion grant to assist in the purchase of developmentally appropriate materials for the center's new infant/toddler rooms.
- Arlene Ackerman, former superintendent of public schools in District of Columbia, San Francisco and Philadelphia
- David S. Cunningham, Jr., Los Angeles, California, City Council member, 1973–87
- Julius Hunter, retired television anchorman, former St. Louis University vice-president, author
- Bobby Wilks, U.S. Coast Guard aviator, first African-American promoted to Captain in the Coast Guard
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
- "Degree listing".
- "ARCHS' PRE-K PARTNER SET TO OPEN NEW CENTER". ARCHS. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
- Harris–Stowe State University official website
- Harris–Stowe State University official athletics website