Higher Education

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.

UK-based PetScreen chooses MU for American headquarters

PetScreen, a U.K.-based animal health company chose Columbia for its U.S. headquarters. A visit with an MU researcher was the deciding factor in the decision.

Missouri set to get $4.3 billion from stimulus package

Missouri is scheduled to receive almost $4.3 billion for  fiscal year 2010, which is enough to balance the state budget and cover Gov. Jay Nixon's higher education proposal.

Campus Facilities, IT limit spending to meet cuts

Last week, the Board of Curators targeted budget cuts for this fiscal year in MU divisions and auxiliaries. Campus Facilities reduced $600,000 in expenses and the Division of Information Technology reduced costs by $65,196.

Outreach efforts pay off for UMKC

The university's 14 programs designed to help Kansas City's youth populations helped land it the highest federal recognition a college or univerity can receive for volunteer service and civic engagement.

MU attracts Peace Corps vets with Fellows program

Ten former international volunteers have brought their experience and knack for community service to Columbia, thanks to a partnership between MU and the Peace Corps.

Student creates elegant scenery for 'Anastasia'

Director Beth Leonard is pleased with student set designer Michaela Stein's creation for Stephens College's production of "Anastasia."

Forsee sets campus meeting to address budget changes

The meeting will be at 9 a.m. Feb. 20 in Jesse Hall Auditorium.

MU's residential life adjusts housing for growing student population

To accommodate increased enrollment, residential Life will open new dorms and keep extended campus options.

Jewish, Muslim student organizations hold forum on Arab-Israeli conflict

Participants agreed that dialogue is a first step for bringing the two sides closer together.

Governor redirects surplus funds to MU Extension in budget proposal

Gov. Jay Nixon amends budget cuts for fiscal year 2010 after redirecting a $10.1 million surplus from construction on a women's prision in Chillicothe to MU Extension. MU says it is still displeased with the proposed departmental cuts. Legislative approval is needed before any changes would occur.