Higher Education

UPDATE: Obama expands student loan relief

President Barack Obama on Monday put his pen to a presidential memorandum that he said could help an additional 5 million borrowers lower their monthly payments.

Gov. Nixon appoints 3 to university governing board

One person was appointed to the Lincoln University Board of Curators in Jefferson City and two students representatives were named for other boards.

Construction for Traditions Plaza will begin within a week

The Mizzou Alumni Association's newest project, Traditions Plaza, is an amphitheater that will take up most of the northern circle of Mel Carnahan Quadrangle. The stage and a "family circle" at the southern end of the plaza, will be made up of engraved bricks bought by alumni and family.

Matching grants offered for college savings

The matching grant program is for the MOST 529 college savings plan and is worth up to $500.

MU student group to invest in prediction app

Kansas City-based startup Knoda will get a $50,000 boost.

Q-and-A: Jim Spain describes plan for MU teaching and learning center

Jim Spain, the vice provost for undergraduate studies, said he plans to have the proposal on the chancellor's desk by the end of the fall 2014 semester.

5 Columbia students win National Merit Scholarships

Two of the local students attended Rock Bridge High School, two attended Hickman High School, and one attended Helias Catholic High School in Jefferson City.

Allegations in Britt family's wrongful-death suit denied in response

Attorneys for the Board of Curators in their response to the Britt family's lawsuit said that MU believed University Village apartments were "structurally sound and safe at all relevant times" and challenged the ability of Lt. Bruce Britt's family to sue.

Nixon announces more cuts to education funding

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Tuesday announced an additional $35 million in spending cuts for public schools and universities, citing concerns about declining state revenues from lottery sales and casino taxes.

MU receives $118,000 gift from State Farm Insurance

State Farm Insurance donated $118,000 to various MU programs and offices, the university announced Tuesday.

President stepping down next year at Westminster College

President George B. Forsythe will retire at the end of the 2014-15 academic year.

MU researcher gets $1.5 million grant to study Alzheimer's

The National Institutes of Health is supporting associate professor James Lee's research, which MU said could lead to treatment for Alzheimer's disease.

9 public college presidents' pay topped $1 million

MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin was the second-highest paid college president in 2013, when he was at Texas A&M. His total compensation included severance and retirement pay.

As MU graduation comes to close, emphasis is on bonds formed

Freshly minted PhDs were recognized in Jesse Auditorium on Sunday afternoon during the hooding ceremony for doctoral candidates. The final day of MU's commencement ceremonies also included the ROTC Commissioning of Officers and the ceremony for the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Council to consider controversial student-housing project, changes to College Avenue

Columbia City Council will hold public hearings and vote on the stalled Opus Development Co. student-housing project and proposed pedestrian safety changes to College Avenue near MU.


UPDATE: MU students, families celebrate commencement ceremonies Saturday

More than 5,300 students will receive their degrees from MU this weekend. Saturday's ceremonies began with the Honors Convocation, and the College of Engineering, School of Heath Professions, School of Medicine, School of Natural Resources and the College of Arts and Science held ceremonies later in the day.

Students, families bask in accomplishments at MU commencement ceremonies

More than 5,300 students will be graduating from MU this semester, many of whom will walk in the 17 commencement ceremonies that take place through Sunday.

Veterinary school kicks off MU commencement weekend

MU will hold 17 graduation ceremonies this weekend, the first of which was the College of Veterinary Medicine's ceremony Friday.

5 fun facts about graduation traditions

Celebrated since the 12th century, commencement ceremonies are an important part of American culture.

Uncertain futures bring anxiety, excitement to MU graduates

While some step into the workforce and others continue into a master's program, graduating seniors of MU share their uncertain feelings about the future.