Higher Education

Details revealed about radioactive contamination spread by MU researcher

A report by MU Environmental Health and Safety details the extent of radioactive contamination inadvertently spread by an MU researcher last month. The lab in which the researcher worked has had its radioactive material privileges suspended until further review in February.

Columbia College graduation includes naval petty officer

Columbia College held its commencement on Saturday. A total of 388 graduates were awarded master's degrees, bachelor's degrees and associate degrees.

MU celebrates students' achievements at commencement ceremonies

At graduation ceremonies around MU, speakers address the university's newest alumni.

SLIDESHOW: MU students graduate at Friday ceremonies

Several schools and colleges held graduation ceremonies Friday at MU.

MU, Columbia College to hold commencement ceremonies this weekend

More than 2,100 degrees will be awarded at MU's commencement ceremonies, which begin Friday. Columbia College will hold its ceremony on Saturday.

MU business incubator establishes European partnership

The MU Life Science Business Incubator at Monsanto Place recently formed a partnership with BioCity Nottingham, a business incubator in the United Kingdom in order to provide and receive additional support for startup companies.

College remedial math courses still needed

Incoming college students continue to need remedial math. Starting in the spring, MU will screen for that using an online, instead of on-campus, placement exam.

20-year-old MU student dies after jumping from garage

A 20-year-old male MU student died early Thursday after jumping off the north side of Hitt Street garage.

MU e-mail slowed because of spam

Campus e-mail slowed because of increased spam filtering on Friday, but intercampus e-mails should return to normal speeds on Monday.

Analysis: Student loan default data highlights for-profit colleges

Data released by the U.S. Education Department showsa there is a one in five chance students who attend for-profit colleges will be in worse financial shape three years after they graduate.

When two weeks in Africa changed my life

Melissa Urscheler, a senior in journalism, tells the story of her trip to Rwanda and meeting with people who were affected by the genocide of 1994.

Stephens College holds December commencement ceremony

Stephens College hosted its December commencement Saturday morning with about 40 graduates in attendance. This was also Dianne Lynch's first commencement ceremony since she became president of Stephens College in June.

UM curators talk college readiness, elect chairwoman

The Board of Curators for the University of Missouri System on Friday heard reports on the college preparedness of Missouri students and the effectiveness of UM campuses in preparing students for the workforce. They also elected Judith Haggard to be the board's chairwoman in 2010 and Warren Erdman to be the vice chairman.

New MU organization advocates for student parents

Mizzou Families Involved Together, or MIZFIT, a new MU student organization aims to bring student parents together and advocate for their needs. MU doesn't track the number of student parents on campus, but if MU’s student-parent population corresponded to the national average, this would translate to more than 2,500 undergraduate student parents and nearly 2,000 graduate student parents.

MU professor writes guide to help autistic adults find jobs

MU professor Scott Standifer recently created a guide about how to help adults with autism spectrum disorders find and keep employment. Standifer's guide mainly provides information for vocational rehabilitation agencies, which are state-run employment programs to help people with disabilities get jobs and live independently.

UPDATE: Forsee: Missouri may consider 3-year degree

Because of the struggling economy, University of Missouri System President Gary Forsee said the university system must now consider offering three-year undergraduate degrees. Missouri's public higher education institutions will probably face state funding cuts amounting to $50 million in the coming fiscal year, according to Gov. Jay Nixon.

Forsee: Higher ed cuts require 'paradigm shift'

MU President Gary Forsee says the state will need to consider taking radical steps, such as offering 3-year degrees, to cut spending by the levels required by Gov. Jay Nixon.

University Hospital's organ donor program gets national recognition

Amid a national shortage of transplantable organs, University Hospital was recognized for the fourth consecutive year with the Medal of Honor for its high organ donation consent rates. 

Kahlers remembered at candlelight vigil

A candlelight vigil was held Thursay at the Activity and Recreation Center in remembrance of Karen Kahler, her two daughters, Emily and Lauren, and her grandmother Dorothy Wight,  who were shot and killed Saturday.

Students, faculty have mixed opinions of Forsee letter

Students and faculty have expressed a variety of opinions on a letter from UM System President Gary Forsee that opposes two "Clean Energy" bills he claims will be detrimental to the University of Missouri System.