Higher Education

Missouri Southern's summer enrollment rises

Officials from the university in Joplin have attributed the approximately 4 percent increase to the struggling economy.

MU student returns home safely from Honduras

MU student Tyler Shields is back in the United States after struggling to depart Honduras last week in the midst of its government coup.

Columbia College raising $18 million for new science building

The new facility could triple the space for the college's rapidly expanding science department. Groundbreaking for the building is set to take place in four years.

University of Kansas details response to budget cuts

The school has lost more than $36 million in funding.

Nixon appoints two new UM System curators

Gov. Jay Nixon appointed David Bradley and Wayne Goode to the University of Missouri System Board of Curators on Tuesday. The two will start immediately but will have to be confirmed early next year when the Missouri Senate goes back into session, Nixon spokesman Scott Holste said.

MU student stranded in Honduras amid coup

An MU student who went to Honduras to do missionary work is stuck in the country amid government in-fighting.

Income-based loan repayment plan may grant relief

A new income-based student loan repayment plan that began July 1 could help students struggling with debt.

Nixon appoints two new curators

Wayne Goode, a former state legislator, and David Bradley, publisher of the St. Joseph News-Press, have been appointed for four-year terms.

MU to offer two winemaking workshops

MU will offer summer winemaking workshops starting next week.

MU scientists successfully convert pig tissue into stem cells

MU scientists have successfully created stem cells from the cells of pigs' connective tissue. The scientists say they hope their research will provide an alternative to the controversial use of embryonic stem cells.

Changes to UM System pension take effect amid mixed reactions

The UM System's decision to make contributions to its retirement fund went into effect Wednesday. Some employees are concerned that it affects lower-income workers too much, but the system says the move was caused by the recession and that it has done all it can to protect lower-income workers.

MU research director steps down after internal audit

The director of MU's Research Animal Diagnostic Laboratory stepped down to a researcher because of a conflict of interest, according to a statement issued by the university.

First female Missouri education commissioner named

Chris Nicastro, superintendent of the Hazelwood School District superintendent, is to begin her duties Aug. 1.

MU sees 16 percent increase in financial aid applications

As the recession continues, a growing number of college students are applying for federal financial aid this year.

Economic Downturn work team helps students make ends meet

MU's Economic Downturn work team works with students and families to make them aware of the financial opportunities available through the university.

New psychiatric center set to open Wednesday at MU

The new Missouri Psychiatric Center is to replace the Mid-Missouri Mental Health Center. The new center is to operate under MU Health Care with most of its existing staff.

Missouri State receiving routine audit

Missouri State University's audit is part of a series of regular inspections. The university was last audited in 1992 and 1995.

Columbia financial aid directors support Obama's plan to simplify FAFSA

Local financial aid directors agree with the Obama administration's plan to simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

MU Tour Team helps visitors stay cool

The MU Tour Team is doing its best to help visitors and prospective students touring campus by providing water, staying inside as much as possible and taking it slow.

Economy sending students to cheaper public colleges

New college students across the U.S. are transferring from private universities to lower-priced public institutions, often because of economic fears.