Higher Education

University of Central Missouri president's ouster raises questions

The university's Board of Governors voted not to renew President Aaron Podolefsky's contract and didn't provide any explanation.

Accreditation group visits MU medical school to re-evaluate probation status

School officials think the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education will reach a decision in early 2010.

Columbia College celebrates life of beloved residential staff member

Students and staff at Columbia College share laughter and tears after one of their own, Ryann Schmidt, died after going into cardiac arrest. The funeral will take place Thursday in St. Louis.

Stephens College to inaugurate new president

Stephens College is holding inauguration ceremonies this week for its new leader, Dianne Lynch. Events include a panel discussion on journalism, a parade and an academic symposium.


Student news Web site launches on MU campus

The Free Tiger is a news Web site that launched Oct. 2. The site, started by two journalism students, aims to be more than just a news source and includes comics and fiction.

AUDIO SLIDESHOW: All decked out for Homecoming 2009

Chilly weather didn't stop students, alumni and residents from turning out for skits and house decorations.

UM Curators call for creativity to meet funding challenges

Calls for creativity and new funding mechanisms were recurring themes at the UM System Board of Curators meeting on Friday. "Now is not the time to be dealing with faith-based budgeting," UM System President Gary Forsee said.

McCaskill roundtable addresses higher education financial aid reform

Sen. Claire McCaskill heard input from financial aid counselors, parents and students from around Missouri on Friday during a teleconference hosted on the MU campus.

UM System curators might expand access to employee e-mail

The University of Missouri System Board of Curators will vote Friday morning on an expansion to systemwide rules that would allow UM employee e-mails to be more easily searched for "legitimate business needs."

Five-day print model improves the Missourian's financial situation

The 101-year-old newspaper's financial state was discussed in a positive tone on Friday at the Missourian Publishing Association Board of Directors meeting. General Manager Dan Potter said the new five-day publication model appears to be sustainable.

New UM curators attend first meeting Thursday

St. Joseph newspaper company president David Bradley and former state lawmaker Wayne Goode were appointed in July by Gov. Jay Nixon.

MU faculty discusses Mizzou Advantage, budget woes

Wednesday's MU faculty meeting looked toward the future with a discussion of possible budget uncertainties and how to combat them through MU's new Mizzou Advantage program.

VIDEO: MU students worked to decorate The District for Homecoming

Decorating The District has become an MU Homecoming tradition.

MU to spend $4 to $6 million for "Mizzou Advantage"

MU plans to spend between $4 million and $6 million annually on the program that includes funding set aside for new faculty hires. 

Sylvan Learning Center reopens in Columbia

After shutting down for financial reasons last May, the Sylvan Learning Center has reopened under new ownership in Columbia. It's new location is at the Broadway Shops on East Broadway Boulevard.

Missouri Honor Medalist Bill Eppridge discusses photojournalism, technology

Bill Eppridge, a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism, received the school's Missouri Honor Medal for his work as a photojournalist.

UPDATE: MU freshman dies Monday

MU freshman Tracy Fisher collapsed and died Monday morning at College Avenue and Rollins Street. The cause of her death is unknown.

MU's Tate and Switzler halls prepare for renovations

The $14 million renovations, funded by bonds the UM System issued, are scheduled to be completed by July 2011. The renovations are funded by bonds the University of Missouri System issued that total more than $332 million. Of that amount, $35 million was allocated for “critical repairs, renovations and adaptations” of buildings throughout the system, according to a UM System news release.

MU to receive $1.1 million donation for women's health care training

A couple with long ties to MU pledged more than $1 million to establish a chair in obstetrics and gynecology and women's health. "This was an opportunity for us to give back to those who follow us," said George Huggins, a St. Louis native who went to MU for medical school.

VIDEO: Japanese puppets come to MU

Martin Holman is a Japanese Studies professor at MU. He is the founder of the Bunraku Bay Puppet Troupe, a group that performs traditional Japanese puppetry all over the country. The troupe performed Oct. 5 at Jesse Hall with a 300 year-old puppet troupe from Japan.