Higher Education

Missouri, 48 states flunk study on higher ed affordability

Low-income families have been hardest hit. Nationally, enrollment at a local public college costs families in the top fifth of income just 9 percent of their earnings, while families from the bottom fifth pay 55 percent — up from 39 percent in 1999-2000.

Exhibit celebrates Memorial Union's history

 The Transcendent Tower exhibit in the lobby of Memorial Union North aims to celebrate the history as well as the architectural significance of the Union through pictures and text.

Columbia mother wins full-ride scholarship for online education

Columbia mom Sandy Decker entered an essay contest and was awarded a full-ride scholarship for an online education. The online education will make it easier for Decker to balance work, family and goals of her own.

Chancellor explains effects of hiring freeze on MU

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton clarified the exceptions to the UM System-wide hiring freeze. The freeze, effective Nov. 17, will not include positions funded by external grants and contracts, positions funded by gift or endowment positions or federal work study student positions. Other positions will have to meet specific criteria to be unfrozen.

Universities post record minority enrollments

Student enrollment at universities in Kansas and Missouri has been increasingly diverse this year.

Former UM System president takes $100,000 pay cut

The Washington State University board of regents accepted Elson Floyd's suggestion for the voluntary $100,000 pay cut. He will now earn $625,000 a year serving as president of the university.

Forum addresses potential MU budget shortfall

Administrators are “between a rock and a hard place” in planning the budget for fiscal year 2010, MU Provost Brian Foster said Friday at an open forum for faculty and staff.

Of transmission and transition: KCOU prepares for its future

KCOU's relationship with the Missouri Students Association senate will end slowly over the next five years, along with the funding it receives from MSA. The station's management hopes KCOU will survive by gaining new listeners and finding new sources of revenue.

About 50 positions remain open in hiring freeze, Deaton says

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton said Tuesday that about 50 positions, including research and grant- and contract-funded faculty positions, are unfrozen. The rest of the 300 open positions will be closed.

Forsee orders UM systemwide hiring freeze

The freeze will apply to open positions and searches currently under way and will affect administrative, staff and faculty positions.

Program aims to provide better adolescent psychiatric care

A new certification program between the MU College of Education and School of Nursing aims to improve the state of child psychiatry by training nurses, teachers and other education providers in adolescent mental health.

Chinese students enroll in U.S. universities in record numbers

Chinese students are enrolling in U.S. universities in record numbers, encouraged by aggressive recruiting, China’s booming economy and the growing Chinese middle class. Their enrollment grew by 20 percent in 2007.

Washington University cuts back on bottled water

Washington University is phasing out almost all of its sales of bottled water because of its costs to society in energy and expense.

Q&A with Wendy Libby

On Thursday, Stephens College President Wendy Libby announced she would be leaving Columbia to take the presidency at Stetson University in central Florida.  Libby talks about her tenure at Stephens and why she is moving on to Stetson. 

MU joins partnership to fight climate change

MU has joined 12 universities working to fight climate change in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Institute and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, two nonprofit organizations working for the effective use of resources and sustainability.

Stephens President Wendy Libby to become next president at Stetson University

After six years at Stephens, Libby will be the first female president at Stetson University.

Potential college students taking both entrance exams more often

The numbers of students taking the SAT has risen 30 percent since 1998; the number of ACT-takers has risen 43 percent.

Black Hawk Down hero seeks to inspire

Sgt. Matt Eversmann, a war hero from the infamous Black Hawk Down mission, visited MU to share his experiences in battle and the lessons learned of selfless service and courage.

Departing state treasurer to teach class at Missouri State

Sarah Steelman, who lost in the Republican primary to Kenny Hulshof, will teach a political science course on public policy and leadership.

New support center aims to help MU veterans in transition

The center is a product of Chancellor Brady Deaton’s "Task Force for a Veteran-Friendly Campus," and will help returning veterans transition into student life.