Higher Education

Missouri House approves $700 million college bond package

The money would be designated to fund building needs at all two-year and four-year Missouri colleges and universities. The Missouri Senate as well as voters must approve the legislation for it to go into effect. Some critics of the package think the state should avoid increasing its debt.

Schedule change could take out East Campus trash problem

City staff will discuss the possibility of moving the East Campus trash collection day from Wednesday to Monday to combat the problem of residents putting trash out too early.

Songwriter Steve Means to perform at Stephens

Means has an acoustic sound and an eclectic performance. On Thursday, he will be at the Pit at Stephens College.

Black Parents Association hosts college prep workshop

The workshop will be held from 7-9 p.m. Thursday at St. Luke United Methodist Church. It is free and open to the public, and all high school students are welcome to attend.

2009 Columbia Voters Guide

Get the details on where the City Council and Columbia School Board candidates stand on the issues.

Curators approve contract for Mike Anderson

The seven-year deal will pay the Missouri basketball coach $1.35 million each season.

UM System Board of Curators votes on tuition rate Friday

Meanwhile, the curators' Finance Committee voted to keep both tuition rates for undergraduate and graduate students at the same rate from fiscal year 2009 for fiscal year 2010.

Missouri State won't raise tuition

The university cited an agreement between Gov. Jay Nixon and Missouri colleges and universities to not raise fees for the 2009-10 school year.

Money shortfall closes MU Center for the Literary Arts

The center, which has helped bring in writers and artists to support MU's creative writing program, is being closed because of budget cuts. Some of that budget money is being directed into MU's Creative Writing Program. Despite the center's closure, the Missouri Playwrights Workshop still plans on welcoming visiting artists in the future.

MedZou considers expanding hours

MedZou, a free clinic run by MU medical students, is already in great demand and is considering expanding its hours. The demand is partly the result of a downturn in the economy.

Greeks Going Green plans blackout at MU

The MU chapter of Greeks Going Green is sponsoring a campuswide blackout Wednesday from 8 to 9 p.m. to encourage sustainable living.

Federal 2006 audit cites accounting errors at UM

As a result, the university will have to give back $282,000 to the federal government. Audits for 2007 and 2008 have shown full compliance.

National heart stent research project begins at MU

MU researchers plan to collaborate with others across the nation to study a new protein for use in drug-eluting heart stents that could prevent the re-narrowing of coronary arteries after balloon angioplasty procedures.

John Hope Franklin, renowned scholar of black history, dies

The esteemed Duke University historian, who was 94, wrote many important books, and he broke many barriers.  His book "From Slavery to Freedom" helped integrate black history into American history. His research helped Thurgood Marshall win Brown v. Board of Education.

Washington University student suspected to have meningitis

Health officials think the student, whose name has not been released, has meningococcal meningitis, a highly contagious and potentially deadly form of the illness.

MU seeks student opinions on diversity

A survey was recently sent to students to help MU build on the Campus Climate study, which was done between 2001 and 2005, to access attitudes toward diversity on campus.

MU officials plan budget in uncertain economic climate

Even though the budget for MU might shrink in the next few years, the university is still planning for a steady increase in students.

Record enrollment but limited faculty concern MU's College of Human Environmental Sciences

The MU College of Human Environmental Sciences' limited space and number of faculty will be obstacles as members of its large freshman class go on to later courses.

Stephens College to interview 10 candidates to replace retiring president

Stephens College has invited 10 semi-finalists to interview to be its next president. Current president Wendy Libby will retire in July.

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.