Education

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  As another harvest season wraps up, Midwest farmers are once again facing low commodity prices amid enormous supplies. And when they recover from the long days bringing in the grain, they will eventually sit down with their books and try to figure out how best to farm again next year.

 


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The University of Missouri System is beginning a nationwide search to name the next permanent Chancellor of the University of Missouri campus in Columbia.

Hank Foley has been serving in the role of Interim Chancellor since the resignation of former Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin in November 2015. Foley issued this statement Monday, indicating he will apply to the position in an effort to drop the “interim” title:

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  The farms that straddle both Missouri’s Interstate 70 — which connects the state’s two most populous cities, Kansas City in the west and St. Louis in the east — beckon migrant workers in search of a better quality of life.

 

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A former University of Missouri tutor is claiming she took part in alleged academic fraud while working with the MU Athletic Department.

The Kansas City Star reports that Yolanda Kumar wrote a post on Facebook claiming she took and assisted entrance exams, completed entire courses and provided assistance with online assessments during the assessments. She says she was supported by “at least two academic coordinators for athletes in revenue-generating sports,” which means football and basketball.

Two students with ties to Missouri have been named Rhodes scholars to study at the University of Oxford in England.

The Rhodes Trust said in a release Sunday that Kirk P. Smith, from St. Louis, and Olivia A. Klevorn, who is from Chicago, are among the 32 U.S. students awarded the 2017 scholarships.

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The University of Missouri announced Tuesday that is withdrawing the recognition of Kappa Alpha fraternity as a recognized student organization, citing "multiple violations" of the MU Standard of Conduct.

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Last Friday, the MU Black Studies Department hosted Dr. Marc Lamont Hill to moderate a community conversation and reflection on the race and social justice issues raised by students last fall. Hill is a professor of African American Studies at Morehouse College in Atlanta and host of BET News and VH1 Live.

The evening began with performances from students, including members of the organization Indie Poets and the Legion of Black Collegians Gospel Choir. 


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Last Saturday students, alumni and community members gathered to celebrate Homecoming at the University of Missouri. A yearly staple of the celebration is a parade that includes bands, floats, and the familiar "M-I-Z!" "Z-O-U!" chant.

Last year that chant was used to drown out the voices of a group of African-American protestors, Concerned Student 1950. That student group was protesting a lack of response to racist incidents on campus. Their protests eventually led to the resignation of then UM System President Tim Wolfe. 


A report on the University of Connecticut’s 2014 and 2015 fiscal years from the Connecticut state auditor’s office suggests that an employment agreement signed by the newly announced University of Missouri System President Mun Choi may have led to “excessive compensation” for at least one employee.

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In a release sent to news agencies across the state, the University of Missouri System's Board of Curators announced Monday that it plans to announce a new president Wednesday morning. The announcement event, which is slated to take place at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City, will begin at 9:30 a.m.

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Lincoln University celebrated its 150th anniversary last weekend, and current students and alumni from across the country came together to commemorate the milestone. The homecoming week included the annual coronation of Mister and Miss Lincoln University, the National Panhellenic Step Show, the Homecoming Parade and the LU 150th Birthday Extravaganza.

 

 

The theme for this historic homecoming week was #NeverForget1866, which denotes the founding year of the historically black university in Jefferson City. Shortly after the end of the Civil War, members of the 62nd United States Colored Infantry decided to establish an educational institution known today as Lincoln University.

MU Enrollment Increases During Fall Semester

Oct 7, 2016
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More students enrolled in MU courses after the first day of classes, bringing total enrollment up by 1.5 percent.

MU spokesperson Christian Basi says those who enrolled after August 22 are a mix of both undergraduate and graduate students, as well as students pursuing a degree in MU’s online program.

During the 2015 school year, there were 35,050 students enrolled. After the recent enrollment increase, the current amount of students is 33,266.

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The University of Missouri will now offer a minor on Middle East studies.

The Columbia Missourian reports that the new program starting this fall will allow students to choose 15 credit hours from 11 disciplines, including art, archaeology, history, literature and religious studies.

Nathan Hofer, who holds a doctorate in religious studies with a primary emphasis on Judaism and a secondary emphasis on Islam, directs the new minor.

Exam - Students Embrace The Arts Through Blues In The Schools Program

Oct 4, 2016
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Blues in the Schools celebrated its’ 10th anniversary Saturday, Oct. 1, with a performance in the Stephen’s Lake Park Amphitheatre.

The program aims to raise funds to grow awareness of the arts in mid-Missouri. The program’s resident visual artist, Terry Sutton, helped Grant Elementary students from kindergarten to the fifth grade create a mural called “The Blues Tree” at Central Bank of Boone County. It depicts what the last 10 years of the program. The artwork displays early Missouri artists of classical, jazz, and ragtime music like Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, “Lady Day” Billie Holiday, and T.J. Wheeler, who runs the program.

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One year after Payton Head, former University of Missouri student body president, shared his experience of being called a racial slur on the MU campus on Facebook , leadership from the University of Missouri System and MU held a press conference to review the progress of the last year that began with student protests calling for systemic action against racism.

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There’s a class at the University of Missouri that everyone has to take. It’s called Exposition and Argument, but students and teachers usually strip it down to its “numerical name:” English 1000.

Donna Strickland, Director of Rhetoric and Composition, says that class is an environment that isn’t found many other places on campus.

“I mean these small classes where people can have these intimate conversations,” Strickland said.

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A month after the first day of class in Columbia, two black student organizations and one student blogger at the University of Missouri threw an event to help freshmen fit in to their new student life on campus. Around 80 people, including organizers and older students, attended the "Black @ Mizzou" meeting in the Black Culture Centre.

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A suburban St. Louis school district has agreed to pay $75,000 to settle a federal lawsuit alleging that it failed to protect a high school student from "severe, pervasive and persistent" harassment.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2bVAy9u ) reports that a judge granted a motion last month to dismiss the case against the Ladue School District. The student sued in August 2015, alleging that he was subjected to anti-gay slurs and threatened during the 2014-2015 school year at Ladue Horton Watkins High School.

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  While the University of Missouri is dealing with a sharp drop in enrollment this fall, many other four-year universities in the state reported an increase in the number of students.

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University of Missouri graduate assistants have raised concerns about whether the university monitored some private social media conversations amid student attempts to organize. 

After just over 14 months as University of Missouri Athletic Director, Mack Rhoades will leave to serve as vice president and director of athletics for Baylor University in Waco, Texas. 

"While my family is excited to start this new chapter in our lives, we do so with great appreciation for our time at Mizzou," Rhoades wrote in a release Wednesday afternoon. "We've met many wonderful people and made lasting friendships. I believe the athletic department has a very bright future."

Interim UM System President Mike Middleton spoke at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. last night. He answered questions about the events that happened at MU last fall, and what is being done to address the racial issues on campus.

CPS Revives Minority Educator Training Program

Jun 21, 2016

Minority students at Columbia Public Schools now have a chance to see what it’s like to work in a classroom before they go to college. This summer Columbia Public Schools re-launched a program for minority students in grades 9-12.

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The University of Missouri Board of Curators heard more about the process that will be used to select the next president of the UM System at its regular meeting Thursday. The session for the UM Presidential Search Committee was held at the Reynolds Alumni Center on the University of Missouri’s campus.

The committee discussed its plan to work towards finding a new UM System president. Although the process is still on-going, the Board of Curators and the search committee believe they are on track to finding the right prospect, but there’s still plenty to do.

Open Enrollment Boosts Summer School Attendance

Jun 15, 2016
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Jefferson City Public Schools made the decision this year to allow open enrollment for summer school to all preschool through eighth-grade students in the Jefferson City area. Last year only students attending JCPS and who needed remediation were allowed to enroll.

This change has increased participation by 40 percent. During the first week of summer school, 2,786 students attended classes, 804 more than last year.

Amy Berendzen, director of school-community relations for JCPS said the district made this change because it had the space.

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The man who was recently hired as the UM System Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer will also serve a similar role on the Columbia campus on an interim basis. MU Interim Chancellor Hank Foley announced Monday that Kevin McDonald will serve as MU’s interim vice chancellor for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity effective immediately. 

People who move to Missouri and join National Guard or Reserves will be immediately eligible for in-state tuition at Missouri colleges and universities under a new state law signed by Gov. Jay Nixon this week. 

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon expects the three new members of the University of Missouri System Board of Curator to hit the ground running on an important task: choosing a new president.

Nixon appointed Mary Nelson, Thomas Voss and Jon Sundvold to the board last week. As St. Louis Public Radio’s Dale Singer reported, the interim appointees can take office immediately, without confirmation by the Missouri Senate and can serve until Nixon’s successor takes office next year.

Training has begun for University of Missouri medical students through the Springfield Clinical Campus, a new program that offers more hands on experience and addresses a shortage of physicians in the state.

Officials held a ribbon cutting Monday at the campus, and introduced the nine students that will initially receive training at CoxHealth and Mercy Springfield this summer.

 

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Senior administrators at the University of Missouri College of Engineering have gathered to discuss how to combat a perceived lack of transparency and collaboration within the administration.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that more than 24 administrators from the school and campus spent four days at a retreat last week.

Dean Elizabeth Loboa said that she previously met with faculty members individually and held group sessions for the college's staff.

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