Higher Education

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.

Curators approve furlough, retirement plan

The board also approved a transition assistance program for employees who lose their jobs as a result of budget cuts.

MU welcomes new chair of psychiatry

John Lauriello, currently a professor and vice chair of psychiatry at the University of New Mexico, will lead MU's Department of Psychiatry as the Chancellor's Chair of Excellence in Psychiatry.

Forsee will address State of the University

A live stream of his speech will be available Friday morning on the UM System Web site.

Target amounts set for non-salary expense reductions at MU

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton targeted in a memo Thursday morning $5.3 million in cuts to be spread out among MU schools, colleges and other divisions.

UM Board subcommittee votes to expand Forsee's authority

University of Missouri System President Gary Forsee called for emergency measures to confront the university's economic troubles in a meeting with the Board of Curators on Thursday.

AAUP calls UM president's proposal a "backdoor salary cut"

The American Association of University Professors objected Wednesday to UM President Gary Forsee's proposal to make faculty pay a portion of their retirement benefits and give the sytem president power to impose unpaid leaves of absence.

Some MU students frustrated with new student center

MU opened its new bookstore Jan. 5 and while the students have given the bookstore positive reviews, there have been a few reported inconveniences. Students are finding insufficient seating in the new dining area, just one entrance into the bookstore and no bathrooms.

UPDATE: Forsee says no pay raises for UM employees

System employees will also have to share the cost of their retirement benefits and the president would have the option to furlough employees "if necessary"  — if the Board of Curators agree to Gary Forsee's plan.

Universities across country institute furloughs

UM System President Gary Forsee is asking for the authority to institute furloughs if necessary, a move several universities across the country have already taken.

FORSEE MEMO: Proposed compensation and benefit plan changes

Click here to read the full text of UM System President Gary Forsee's memo to faculty and staff regarding his proposed changes to staff benefits.

Hindman: Higher ed keeps Columbia resistant to economic downturns

Columbia was featured on CNBC on Tuesday in a segment about how the city has largely resisted the economic downturn facing the country.