Report gives Missouri average marks for higher education

Thursday, June 11, 2009 | 4:45 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri ranks near the bottom nationally for funding public colleges and universities but boasts a high rate at which graduate degrees are earned.

The Missouri Coordinating Board of Higher Education approved a new report Thursday that it will use to track efforts to help more people earn college degrees and to boost the state's economy.

Generally, the report found that Missouri is about average compared with other states. But the state has the sixth-highest rate of graduate degrees per 1,000 residents and the 11th-highest rate of graduate health degrees.

State funding per higher education student, meanwhile, ranks 43rd nationally. And just 29 percent of Missouri students eligible for financial aid filed applications on time for state help.


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