Higher Education

Missouri agribusiness unit returns from Afghanistan

The unit is a pilot program developed through a partnership of the National Guard Bureau, the University of Missouri and the Missouri Farm Bureau. The 47 soldiers arrived Wednesday in Springfield.

Report says Missouri universities', colleges' tuition may soar, economy may suffer

Cuts in state funding for universities and colleges could result in major tuition increases, the possible closing of one university and a negative impact on the state's economy, according to a report from the Missouri Department of Education.

History of budget cuts at MU stretches to university's beginning

Construction projects were halted and portions of faculty salaries were withheld during the Great Depression.

Missourian will continue to publish thanks to university's commitment

The MU provost, chancellor and UM system president reaffirmed the unversity's financial support of the Missourian in recognition of its importance to the campus as a teaching and research laboratory. We know, though, that deep cuts are expected, and we're ready to make them.

MU holds commencement ceremonies over the weekend

About 500 graduates were at Hearnes Center for the College of Arts and Science commencement ceremony.

Impact of funding cuts will be felt 'across all dimensions,' Forsee says

At a news conference Friday, University of Missouri System President Gary Forsee reiterated the fact that the impact of potential cuts in state funding will affect everyone. He said he will examine combinations of cost-cutting measures so that impact is minimal and does not burden any one group.

Forsee files UM budget cut scenarios

UM System President Gary Forsee filed a budget reduction impact statement with the state Department of Higher Education on Thursday. The report details the impacts of possible reductions in state appropriations of 15, 20 or 25 percent. The cuts could result in reductions in faculty, staff and student workers and an increase in tuition.

UM System report describes possible cuts, tuition increase

The budget report details the predicted effects of possible reductions in state appropriations of 15 percent, 20 percent or 25 percent — a loss for MU ranging from $30.4 million to $50.6 million in fiscal year 2010.

Stealth technology pioneer to get honorary MU doctorate

F. Robert Naka will receive an honorary doctorate from the MU College of Engineering on Friday for his outstanding work in the field of electrical engineering. Naka worked on the U-2 spy plane and stealth technology for the SR-71 Blackbird, served as the U.S. Air Force’s chief scientist and ran a covert government reconnaissance office.

Cuts could affect MU Health Care's service reach

Reduced state funding for the UM System could result in job cuts at MU Health Care and services at the Missouri Rehabilitation Center could be closed, according to a report submitted to the state Thursday by James Ross, CEO of MU Health Care.

MU faculty seeks answers as chancellor provides few specifics on budget cuts

At Wednesday's general faculty meeting, MU faculty members sought specific ways potential budget cuts of up to 25 percent might affect them. But few specifics were given because the future is still too uncertain, Chancellor Brady Deaton said.

UMKC announces new chancellor

UMKC's interim chancellor, Leo Morton, has been persuaded to take the permanent position.

Former student sues R.I. social work school

A 45-year-old former student enrolled in the Rhode Island College School of Social Work is suing the school because he thinks he was punished for his conservative views.  William Felkner said that his grades were penalized because he failed to adopt a left-wing ideology.

Stephens College confers 52 degrees at December commencement

Saturday's ceremony was one of President Wendy Libby's last commencements at Stephens. Stephens presented 27 bachelor’s and 25 master’s degrees to student.

UM curators brace themselves for tough 2009

The UM System Board of Curators prepared itself at Friday's meeting in St. Louis for what curators repeatedly said could be a difficult year.

UM System to release details of possible budget cuts

The plan, which will be submitted to the Missouri Department of Higher Education by Dec. 18, will address areas likely to be affected by potential budget cuts of up to 25 percent, including programs and departments, employees, tuition and enrollment.

UPDATE: Stem cell critics file revised suit to block funding

Missouri Roundtable for life has filed a lawsuit similar to one dismissed by Cole County Judge Richard Callahan in November. The suit seeks to block $21 millon in life science research funding.

UM Intercampus Faculty Council talks potential cuts in closed meeting

The council met Tuesday with President Gary Forsee, but system spokesperson Jennifer Hollingshead said she didn't know what was said in the closed meeting and wouldn't be able to release documents handed out during it.

UM Intercampus Faculty Council seeks input on potential cuts

An e-mail from Steve Graham, UM System vice president for academic affairs, says that UM System President Gary Forsee is asking for faculty members' suggestions of ways to cope with potential budget cuts of up to 25 percent.

Columbia College in top 20 of military-friendly colleges

Columbia College was named one of the top 20 military-friendly institutions in the country. Columbia College has 17 campuses on military bases and has developed a system to help military students get an education.