COLUMBIA — Most government records are open to the public at no charge. These records give citizens the opportunity to find out what's going on, how their elected officials are spending tax dollars, how the various departments within a governmental entity work and other valuable information needed to make strong decisions for the future. Each week, the Missourian highlights a government record that is available to the public.
For a complete list of Show Me the Records, go to columbiamissourian.com/records.
The records: A portrait of the university found on MU's Institutional Research Department website breaks down university demographics and financial information.
Why you'd want them: A comparison tool makes it possible to compare demographics and financial information with state universities around the country.
Where you get the records: Go to http://www.collegeportraits.org/MO/MU and click on the "compare" tab. You can select other universities from a drop-down menu and view a side-by-side comparison of basic costs and demographics.
How much will it cost: The information is free.