Audit questions Missouri State's China program

Thursday, September 1, 2011 | 9:46 a.m. CDT; updated 10:39 a.m. CDT, Thursday, September 1, 2011

SPRINGFIELD — An internal audit found that Missouri State University paid thousands of dollars for business professors to take side trips while they were teaching in China.

The Springfield News-Leader reported that in one case, the university paid more than $4,000 for six professors to spend three nights in Hong Kong.

Business college officials said the trips were an incentive to persuade professors to teach at its campus in Dalian in northwest China.

The auditors suggested that such trips be governed by a formal policy.

Interim president Clif Smart said on Wednesday in a blog that the audit on travel expenses in China reported no major findings but included several suggestions for improvements.

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