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Over 300 faculty, staff and students filled Stotler Lounge in Memorial Union on MU’s campus to attend a budget forum led by MU Interim Chancellor Garnett Stokes on Monday afternoon.

UM Campuses Release 2018 Budget Plans With Few Specifics

May 10, 2017
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This post was updated at 11:10pm, 5/10/17

MU is cutting 12 percent of its budget from all schools, colleges and divisions on campus in fiscal year 2018, according to an afternoon email from Interim Chancellor Garnett Stokes.

"Good people and good programs will be affected," Stokes said in the email.

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University of Missouri officials reported today that they expect to see another small freshman class this fall.

Based on initial enrollment deposits, which were due Monday, university officials are estimating an incoming freshman class of about 4,000 students this coming school year, down from 4,780 students in 2016 and just over 6,000 in 2015. Freshman enrollment hasn’t been as low as 4,000 students since 2001.

Two Columbia Schools Get New Principals

Apr 26, 2017
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Two top administrative vacancies at Columbia Public Schools are now filled for this fall. CPS announced Hickman High School Assistant Principal Tony Gragnani will move up to principal of that school, while Battle High School Assistant Principal Melita Walker will be the new principal at West Middle School.

Gragnani has served as an assistant principal at Hickman since 2014. He says the relationships he’s built during his time there will be important when taking on his new job.

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A top University of Missouri administrator announced Friday that she will be retiring after the end of the 2017 school year. Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Cathy Scroggs will step down July 31. She has held the position since 2003.

In a statement, Scroggs said: “Mizzou has been my home for 32 years, and I’m very proud of the work we have done to support and serve students. Students come first in Student Affairs and that will never change.”

The University of Missouri's interim chancellor says he'll be leaving for new work as president at the New York Institute of Technology after May 3.  

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JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Central Missouri's Lincoln University is searching for a new president after the campus' top administrator resigned for a similar position at another historically black college.

Kevin Rome resigned from the Jefferson City university to become the president of Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. Rome's resignation takes effect June 30.

Rome had been Lincoln University's president since mid-2013. The university's curators say that a search committee and transition team meant to find Rome's successor will be seated as soon as possible.

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The Trump administration reversed previous guidance on the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) last Thursday.

The Obama administration put forth the guidance and stopped guarantor agencies from charging high fees on loan payments for students.

Students had to enter into a rehabilitation payment program within two months of defaulting on their loan to not be charged fees. According to the U.S. Department of Education, more than four million people who have FFELP loans are currently in default.

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A Jefferson City group is hoping to alleviate overcrowding in the city’s public schools. Citizens Investing in J Plus C is trying to convince citizens to vote yes on propositions ‘J’ and ‘C’ that would provide funding to renovate the Jefferson City High School and Nichols Career Center and the construction of a new high school. The two propositions would increase tax levies from $3.60 to $4.70 and produce $130 million; $85 million of which would go to building a new high school and $45 million would go to renovating the current facilities.

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All Columbia Public School 10th-graders will get the chance to participate in an exclusive True/False experience.

Through funding by the Media Literacy Initiative, a 3-year grant started last year by the Columbia Public Schools Foundation and Ragtag Film Society, the students will see the 2017 Oscar-nominated documentary, “I Am Not Your Negro,” Friday.

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COLUMBIA -- The UM System Board of Curators discussed Title IX policies in a meeting on Thursday.

UM System’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion gave the curators an overview of revisions of Equity Resolution Processes, that resolve complaints of harassment, sexual misconduct and other forms of discrimination. The office expanded its definitions of consent and incapacitation.

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The University of Missouri has christened a new Institute for Korean Studies (IKS). MU aims to bolster and continue the university’s decades of research on Korea through the institute.

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Ozarks Technical Community College officials in Springfield, Missouri say they're dramatically increasing tuition should the state face budget cuts.

Chancellor Hal Higdon tells the Springfield News-Leader that the school didn't raise tuition this year because the state's Legislature promised they would quote "get us that money." But if the budget cut for next year is equal to the one this year, Higdon says he will have no choice but to propose a tuition increase.

Updated on Tuesday, January 10: The State Board of Education officially granted St. Louis Public Schools full accreditation, a key milestone for a district that's improved after years of struggle.

The state board gave unanimous approval to upgrade St. Louis Public Schools’ status from provisionally accredited to fully accredited. Officials with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education cited the district's rising test scores, improved attendance rates and fiscal stability as the reasons for recommending the change.

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A man who was the longtime chancellor of the University of Missouri campus is Kansas City before serving as the four-campus university system's president has died. 

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A recent report by a Missouri task force says the state's public universities and community colleges should not stray from the types of degrees their institutions can grant unless they have a good reason to do so.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Missouri lawmakers asked the task force, made up of 16 state higher education leaders, to address the issue after a dispute between the University of Missouri System and Missouri State University.

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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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