Higher Education

Evaluation of Education

Helen Ladd and her husband, former New York Times Education Editor Edward Fiske, used three main measures to evaluate the progress South Africa’s government has made to balance racial equity in its education system: equal treatment, educational opportunity and educational adequacy.

Ladd, of Duke University, expounded on their work Friday when she gave a Monroe-Paine Distinguished Lecture in Public Affairs, presented by MU’s Truman School of Public Affairs.

FACES:Bob Flanagan

“Bobma” would be a new concept to any student in Bob Flanagan’s religious studies classes, but to Flanagan it is just his way of communicating.

Flanagan points out to his classes that if you reverse the word “dogma,” you get “am God,” and he says one of society’s failures comes when too many people fail to distinguish their points of view from God’s.

NOW YOU KNOW:Faculty stress

What was learned: An MU study found stressors to women on the faculty affect them more acutely than men and proposed ways to reduce stress for women.

How they did it: Jennifer Hart, assistant professor in the department of educational leadership and policy analysis at MU, and Christine Cress, a continuing education professor at Portland State University, sent surveys to, and composed focus groups of, faculty members from a large university in the Southwest (unidentified for these purposes) to evaluate each person and gauge stressors in his or her areas of scholarship.

Sentencing guidelines scrutinized

Two mid-Missouri researchers have found sentencing disparities across the state, and their findings have the potential to change the way offenders are sentenced.

“Harsh sentencing has increased over time, and this is expensive to the state and taxes our limited resources,” said Mara Aruguete, department chairwoman of psychology at Stephens College.

Talks focus on women in film

Stephens College turns the lens on women in film to begin Women’s History Month this week.

On Monday, Liz Mermin, the director of “Beauty Academy of Kabul,” discussed documentary filmmaking. Tonight, Columbia filmmakers Kerri Yost, Beth Pike, Beth Federici and Katherine Gorman will speak about women’s roles in the film industry followed by excerpts from their current projects.

Agency puts freeze on need-based scholarships

JEFFERSON CITY — In an effort to help more Missouri students attend college, the Coordinating Board for Higher Education voted recently to freeze the maximum amount of need-based scholarship dollars available to each student.

Funding for the state’s need-based scholarships — administered through Missouri Guarantee Program — has remained at $8 million for three academic years. Traditionally, the commission has increased the limit on aid available per student to help students keep up with rising tuition rates.

Red, white & green campus

Those sandstone-colored bins you see at MU are the latest in a campus recycling effort.

Campus Facilities distributed 50 recycling bins on campus during the week of Feb. 14. The bins can hold aluminum or steel cans, glass and plastic bottles.

Columbia NPR show celebrates five years of airtime

The issues on “Global Journalist,” a weekly radio program aired in Columbia on KBIA/91.3 FM, are broad, sophisticated and often complicated. But the studio where the program is recorded is small and narrow in comparison to the vast and fast-moving global news the program’s producers present each Thursday night.

Current producers of the “Global Journalist,” graduate students from the MU School of Journalism, and moderator Stuart Loory, the Lee Hills Chair in Free-Press Studies, sat down Thursday morning to record a special fifth anniversary broadcast of Global Journalist. Also in the studio was Pat Akers of KBIA, the program’s director.

Architects seek student advice

Some students around MU are now wearing “I Love Brady” shirts to show their support for the remodeling of the student center.

Architects from Mackey Mitchell Associates of St. Louis and Holtzman Moss of New York, came to Brady Commons and Eva J’s dining hall on Thursday to present current design plans and get student feedback.


An English teacher at the college for 29 years, Metscher has seen her share of different types of students and has learned a lot about them.

“I’ve taught traditional, nontraditional and international students. I’ve liked aspects of each,” Metscher said. “I like being in the classroom and knowing other educators.”

Wearing responsibility

Responsibility is more than the name of an MU residence hall. The campus Wellness Center is distributing green “Responsibility” bracelets to students willing to commit to being responsible for themselves and their friends when drinking alcohol.

These symbolic bracelets are part of a process to change a person’s life, said Kim Dude, director of the Wellness Center.


Here are a few facts about the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources:

1 Students in the college can choose from among 14 degree programs and can now get a degree with an emphasis on sustainable agriculture.

Senior year not a time for senioritis

With thoughts of college life and independence on their minds, many high school seniors may be suffering from senioritis. But with its classic symptoms of laziness and procrastination, senioritis can be a blow to students’ post high-school dreams.

Students need to stay on top of deadlines, including ones for college admission, financial aid, scholarships and tests, as well as continue to work hard in their high school classes.

Tuition lawsuit with UM system continues

A 1998 lawsuit that could result in the refund of educational fees to some students in the UM system — and cost the university as much as $470 million — is in the discovery phase.

St. Louis County Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Romines ruled in favor of three former UM system students on a lawsuit more than two years ago.


Heather Pugh has had two experiences at MU she’ll never forget.

The first was when her fiance proposed to her at the columns, close to where they met her freshman year.

Bill doesn’t worry chancellor

MU’s position as the flagship of the state’s public institutions will not be altered by the Southwest Missouri State University name change, Chancellor Brady Deaton said. However, this flagship position could be threatened if people interpret the change as competition for MU’s status.

Deaton said he is confident that legislators tailored the bill in a manner to ensure MU’s status as the flagship institution in Missouri. He views the issue as one of public policy for the state.

Columbia College to host police charity show

What started as a fund-raiser and community awareness event in Columbia has transformed into a multiple-city effort and an outpouring of support for the Officer Down Fund and the Columbia Police Department.

Columbia College will host the Hilary Scott Band benefit concert on Saturday to raise money and awareness for the fund. It’s also meant to strengthen solidarity between the community and the Police Department.

MU journalism alum donates to school

A graduate of the MU School of Journalism has donated $864,800 to the advertising department.

Students share culture at party

The MU International Student Council, which promotes a global outlook on campus, held its first “International Student Welcome Reception” last weekend.

Novelist to read in Memorial Union

Novelist Naeem Murr will read from his work at 7:30 p.m. in the A.P. Green Chapel at MU’s Memorial Union.

Murr has published prize-winning short stories and two novels, “The Boy” and “The Genius of the Sea.” “The Boy” has been translated into six languages.