Average scores increased for students from higher-income families, while score gaps increased between black and white students.
Because Columbia is home to so many educators, a number of families have parents as well as children returning to school. “During these back-to-school days, our house is an exciting place to be,” said Bill Allen, assistant professor of agricultural journalism at MU.
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Even though freshman enrollment declined from 2008, the number of returning sophomores is the largest in MU history.
Wednesday is the first day of classes at Stephens College, but already the campus is returning to life. "I love the close-knit friendships that we make here," Stephens student Jenny Massey-Brown said.
Like MU and Columbia Public Schools, Columbia College started classes Monday and welcomed students taking day, night and online classes.
Sixteen percent of the students at the Mississippi University for Women aren't. Thus in a bid to increase enrollment and acknowledge male students, school leaders are proposing a name change that seems certain to foster controversy among the institution's passionate alumni.
The Reynolds Journalism Institute will be receiving $15 million in funds from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, said Steve Anderson, president of the foundation, on Friday morning.
U.S. News & World Report released its 2010 Best Colleges list, which ranks U.S. undergraduate programs. MU ranked 102 among 262 "National Universities," down six places from last year.
UM President Gary Forsee unveiled to the Board of Curators new accountability measures for tracking the performance of the four campuses in the UM System internally and against similar universities across the country.
The accreditation council that placed the MU School of Medicine on probation will make a visit to the school on Oct. 27 — earlier than planned — to reassess its accreditation status. The accreditation body raised concerns about the school's resident education program last April.
Julie Jacob, Communications Manager at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, confirmed the date of the organization's next visit to the School of Medicine, which has been moved up from the previously scheduled date of April 1, 2011. The school "requested that the review date be moved up to October," Jacob said.
Nearly half a million veterans are expected on college campuses this year as part of the new GI Bill. The surge is leading to a call for schools to re-examine their policies of declining to grant college credit for military training and service.
Columbia College is participating in a new program, which took effect at the beginning of this month, that could cover full tuition for veterans enrolled there. To receive benefits under the Yellow Ribbon Program, a veteran must complete 36 months of aggregate active duty.
A new program at MU will build a community of students and faculty around the intersection of mathematics and life sciences. The program is funded by a five-year, $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation.
Students can expect new technologies available to improve learning and prepare them for life outside a college campus.
Technological advancements at MU and Stephens and Columbia colleges are intended to make online courses more like in-person classroom experiences.
Eric Frank, co-founder of a New York-based open source textbook distributor, describes the free open source textbooks as act two in the digital textbook movement. Two Missouri universities are working with Frank's company to use digital textbooks in their classes this fall.
As the cost of printed textbooks continues to rise, some students and professors are turning to digital options to supplement learning. Online textbooks can provide additional information and resources to supplement material covered in lecture.
Columbia area educators are adopting social media as a new way of teaching and connecting with students. Educators aren't sure how best to use this technology, but are trying it out in a variety of ways.