Higher Education

Nixon picks St. Louis attorney for vacant UM System curator's seat

St. Louis attorney Don Downing, an MU alumnus, has been nominated by Gov. Jay Nixon to fill one of three vacant seats on the UM System Board of Curators.

MU professor wins prestigious Goodeve Medal

Kalyan Pasupathy received the award for his work with the Red Cross. He helped develop a formula that translates data and lets Red Cross chapters gain a better understanding of their organization's potential given available staff and resources. 

Missouri lawmakers want equality for scholarship recipients

Bills in the House and Senate would eliminate the gap between private-school and public-school scholarship amounts.

Stephens College to close two residence halls for repairs

Stephens College aims for cost savings in renovating Searcy and Prunty halls. Students from those residence halls will be able to move into one of six others on campus.

Columbia College to open San Diego campus

The new Columbia College campus in San Diego will serve military recruits.

Activity pyramid offers guideline to exercise

An MU professor and fitness specialist with MU Extension helped develop the pyramid to simplify new government exercise information.

MU Division of IT to host technology expo

The Technology for Tight Budgets Expo will be hosted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 4 and March 5 in the Bond Life Sciences Center.

MU female engineering students face number of difficulties

A study by MU professor Rose Marra shows engineering departments have trouble retaining female students.

Sandra Day O'Connor praises Missouri for judicial selection plan

O'Connor, the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, was the keynote speaker during an MU law review symposium Friday.

Missouri Senate reviews bill to prohibit use of false diplomas

The million-dollar industry is difficult to fit into a legal category, such as fraud, making it nearly impossible to convict anyone, said Zora Aubochon, assistant commissioner for the state Higher Education Department.

MU Faculty Council recommends change to future finals schedules

The proposed change would move Reading Day from Friday to Thursday, with finals beginning Friday. Exams would end the following Thursday.

Expanded college financing part of federal stimulus package

The stimulus plan allows for several changes in higher education financing, including an increase in tax credits per student and billions more allocated for the Pell Grant program.

Task force urges giving campus houses more time to install sprinklers

The Fire Sprinkler Task Force recommended that the City Council extend the deadline by two years to install sprinkler systems. The task force also asked that all campus organizations with housing — not just Greek organizations — be subject to the sprinkler requirements.

Some colleges offering degrees in 3 years

The idea has never caught on in the U.S., but some colleges are taking it up as a way to help students cut costs.

UM System president turns down bonus

UM System President Gary Forsee says he won't accept $100,000 in bonuses he is entitled to receive and said he would also forgo a performance award in 2010 and doesn't want a salary increase in 2009.

Fraternity spends $2 million on sprinklers, other updates

The MU chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity has raised enough money to renovate its South Providence house. A bank loan and alumni support allow the fraternity to install sprinklers not yet required by the City Council.

UM system executive VP to retire March 1

Lamb, UM system executive vice president, served as the interim president for the system from April 2007 to February 2008 before the appointment of Gary Forsee to the position.

Forsee responds to financial questions

Hear UM President Gary Forsee's answers to questions regarding the effect of stimulus legislation on the UM System.

Missouri State cuts tuition for unemployed state residents

Missouri State University is offering a new program this fall, renewable until 2011 that will offer state residents who have lost their jobs a reduction in tuition. The amount they will save varies between campuses.

University Hospital uses advanced technology to treat chronic sinusitis

Balloon sinuplasty is a less invasive procedure used to treat chronic sinusitis. It has been offered in the University Hospital since 2007. This treatment reduces surgery risks and allows a much faster recovery.