December 19, 2013
During the 2013-14 school year, less than a quarter of Title I preschool students stay the full day. The portion of students enrolled in the full-day program has grown since 2003, when only 4 percent participated for the full day.
Title I preschool tests assessed the students’ ability to write their own name and to recognize uppercase letters. In the fall of 2012, about four out of 10 students could recognize uppercase letters and about five out of 10 students could write their name. By the end of the academic year, those rates had increased to more than eight out of 10 and nine out of 10, respectively.
Students who stayed an extra year in a Title I preschool program tested better than those who participated for just one year in all but one area upon entering kindergarten.
December 18, 2013
The facts about E15
December 17, 2013
Everyday use of the knee can cause osteoarthritis in the joint. A healthy knee has cartilage on the thighbone, shinbone and kneecap to cushion the hinge.
December 14, 2013
Every time a burglary alarm is triggered in Columbia, it makes an automatic phone call to the Columbia Police Department. About 96.5 percent of alarm calls are false alarms, slightly lower than the national average of 98 percent.
December 13, 2013
Each college or degree within MU is associated with a color that adorns regalia during commencement. Undergraduates wear their color on their tassels, while graduate and doctoral students wear the color in the lining of their hood.
During commencement, students and faculty wear traditional academic regalia according to what degree they are receiving or have received.
December 11, 2013
When Lucky’s Market opens Jan. 15, it will greatly improve access to fresh produce for downtown residents, many of whom now live in what’s known as a “food desert.” A food desert is defined by an area’s access to sources of healthy food, measured by distance to the source, income, vehicle availability and the availability of public transportation.
December 10, 2013
The number of children receiving state assistance mostly matches trends for unemployment and other subsidy programs, said MU economics professor Peter Mueser. Parents can get the state subsidy for child care if they are working, attending school or in job training programs. The number of children receiving the subsidy dropped from more than 51,000 in June 2011 to about 38,500 in September of 2013.
Missouri parents who qualify for a state-funded subsidy can get some financial help paying for child care. In Boone County, child care costs more than what the state reimburses. Parents pick up the tab for the additional amount.
December 5, 2013
MU Chancellor Brady Deaton retired Nov. 15. The next chancellor was announced Thursday. Starting in 1841, the chief administrator for MU was the university president. In 1963, the University of Missouri became a four-campus system, making the main administrator at MU the chancellor. Since the university’s inception, it has had 21 leaders.
December 4, 2013
Data released Wednesday by USA Today and the Knight Commission on intercollegiate athletics revealed MU spending on athletes, especially football players, has increased since 2005. In 2011, the spending per football player had more than doubled, while the spending per student had increased only 3 percent.
To be considered for admission to MU, applicants submit their ACT score, class rank and GPA in required core curriculum classes. If an applicant’s ACT score is a 24 or above and they have completed the required core classes, they are automatically admitted to MU. Applicants with ACT scores of 23 or below can still be accepted if they meet or exceed the class rank required by MU’s sliding scale.
December 3, 2013
Those traveling to the Southeastern Conference Championship game in Atlanta may run into severe winter weather. The National Weather Service predicts snow, ice and rain along routes to Atlanta from Thursday through Sunday.
December 2, 2013
The Missouri Tigers are headed to the Southeastern Conference Championship game Saturday in Atlanta. Two choices of travel for most MU fans are plane and car, with a wide range of traveling cost depending on where you’re starting and how you’re getting to Atlanta.
Spectators can take the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) lines to the Georgia Dome for the Southeastern Conference Championship game. Hotels are available near the Georgia Dome and in nearby suburbs. On Saturday, MARTA trains will run every 20 minutes with extra service on the green and blue lines as needed in order to move customers to and from the Georgia Dome. A one-way MARTA ticket costs $2.50.
November 27, 2013
The Missouri Department of Economic Development is making $10 million available to early childhood education programs in Missouri. The Start Smart initiative funds the programs through grants and tax credits. So far, 10 programs have received $6.1 million in funding.
Since the mid-1990s, the percentage of Missouri residents facing food insecurity has increased. Low food security is when people may struggle but will manage to get adequate food to meet basic nutritional needs. Very low food security may happen when members of households have tried to meet basic nutritional needs but have failed.
November 26, 2013
The MU Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security combines data about a variety of factors, including poverty, race and unemployment, to determine how many households are “food uncertain.” The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, which serves Boone and 31 other counties, distributed more than 28 million tons of food in 2012.