Each week, the Missourian highlights a government record that is available to the public. Open records help people keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives.
For a complete list of Show Me the Records, go to columbiamissourian.com/records.
The records: Meeting documents for the University of Missouri System Board of Curators.
Why you’d want them: The curators, though the governing board for the university, work outside the UM System and do not see its day-to-day operations. When they meet once a month, they are presented with a collection of documents relevant to the meeting and often make decisions based solely on the documents and the discussions that come from them.
The documents, which include meeting minutes and various types of reports, are publicly available. In addition, the UM System posts meeting agendas the Tuesday before meetings, which are always on a Thursday.
So, when the curators are slated to discuss topics that have widespread and high-impact consequences, anyone could prepare for public meetings to offer his or her opinion. For example, students could review the documents ahead of time and contribute their perspective related to, say, tuition increases.
Where to get them: The documents are available at board.um.umsystem.edu/default.aspx. Everything is listed under the “Documents” navigation bar on the left side of the screen.
How much it will cost: The information is free.