The longtime leader of Westminster College is stepping down, but not for another year.

Missouri Gives Educators Two Years To Make Common Core Decision

May 19, 2014

Legislation awaiting Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's signature gives state educators two years to reaffirm their support for the Common Core or dump the education standards in favor of state-specific alternatives.

Lawmakers agreed to the compromise last week after debating the contentious nationally-crafted student expectations for most of the session.

If the bill becomes law, educator work groups will spend the next two years writing new learning goals for math and English language arts.

Updated at 9:35 a.m. Monday with clarification on tuition rates, link to final bill text.

Two bills passed by Missouri lawmakers this week would have a significant impact on how and what students in the state are taught – if the legislation escapes a veto by Gov. Jay Nixon.

Yinzi Liu sat in the café at Washington University’s Medical School and nervously fiddled with the sleeve on her coffee cup.   

The 28-year old will graduate tomorrow with a doctorate in developmental, regenerative and stem cell biology.  While earning her degree she spent countless hours glued to a microscope, peering into zebrafish embryos for clues that could one day lead to the early detection of human birth defects.

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MU Vice Chancellor for Research Hank Foley announced the university is adapting a new approach to intellectual property rights on Thursday, May 8.

SEMA funds new tornado safe room in Morgan County

May 6, 2014

Morgan County R-2 School District has finalized plans for a new auditorium. The district will use a grant from the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency—or SEMA, to help finance the project. Plans for the new auditorium call for the building to double as a safe room for tornadoes.

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Morgan County R-2 School District has finalized plans for a new auditorium that will double as a safe room for tornadoes. KBIA’s Marissanne Lewis-Thompson tells us the district will use a grant from the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to help finance the project.

Mizzou Alternative Breaks

The University of Missouri's new service learning program partnered with MU Extension and the Center for Leadership and Service.

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Missouri University of Science and Technology has tapped a Montana State University vice president as its chief academic officer.

MU reopens Gwynn Hall

May 2, 2014
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Gwynn Hall, a building on the University of Missouri campus, re-opened following a 15 month renovation.

The new facility offers several new classrooms, offices, laboratories, and a state of the art research kitchen. The refurbishment began in October 2012 and finished up at the end of 2013, with the building re-opening on April 27.

Chris Hardin, is the Chair of Nutrition & Exercise Physiology at MU. He said he is excited about the new facilities at Gwynn Hall.

MU Extension celebrates 100th anniversary

May 1, 2014
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At a celebration on the Carnahan Quad at MU Thursday, representatives from most of the 114 counties in the state as well as university administrators and state legislators celebrated the 100th anniversary of MU extension.  The Extension program focuses on getting research and practical advice out for the use of all people, from youth groups to seniors.  MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin was on hand to help celebrate. 

University of Missouri discontinues Mizzou Reads program

May 1, 2014
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After 10 years, the University of Missouri is discontinuing its Mizzou Reads program due to a lack of faculty and staff participation.

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A Columbia College professor gave a generous gift to the Tradition Meets Tomorrow campaign today.

Criminal Justice professor Barry Langford gave a gift of $111,000 to the campaign. His contribution will fund the mock trial program which he has been a part of since its beginning in 1997.

 The Missouri House has passed an amended version of a Senate bill designed to lessen the impact of the state's student transfer law.

A small number of universities are starting to go against the grain, reducing amenities and frills in favor of keeping the costs relatively low.

Neil Theobald is the president of Temple University, which recently began offering students $4,000 per year in grants — if they promise to limit the number of hours they work during the school year and graduate on time.

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Foreign languages classes are highly encouraged for high school students in Missouri, and many colleges require them for admission. French, German, Spanish, Latin, Japanese and Chinese are all offered to students at Columbia Public Schools. KBIA’s Heather Adams explores how students pick the language they're going to learn.

How students choose their foreign language classes

Apr 29, 2014
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Participation in foreign languages classes is highly encouraged for high school students in Missouri, and many colleges require them for admission.

Ben Tilley named new CPS assistant superintendent

Apr 28, 2014
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Columbia Public Schools

The Columbia Board of Education named Ben Tilley as the new assistant superintendent for Columbia Public Schools beginning July 1. 

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A coalition of education organizations representing teachers, administrators and school board members objects to student transfer legislation because it could lead to students attending private schools at taxpayers' expense.

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On April 8, the Missouri Senate passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 39, which would appropriate $71.1 million for 47 repair and maintenance projects for the University of Missouri System. That money is part of a larger proposal to borrow $600 million for capital projects at universities statewide.

Westminster College to close Mesa campus

Apr 23, 2014

Westminster College announced it will be closing its campus in Mesa, Az. at the end of the spring semester. Westminster opened the campus last fall as a partnership with the city of Mesa. It was one of four higher education institutions that partnered with the city to help boost the city’s economic development.

Rob Crouse, director of Media and Public relations at Westminster College says due to competition, Westminster could not reach the necessary growth and demand. 

CPS partners with Mo. DNR for new nature school

Apr 22, 2014
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Columbia Public Schools

A unique partnership between Columbia Public Schools and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has sparked plans for a new school rooted in nature and science education. One-third of the $1.2 million project will be funded by the Department of Natural Resources.      

The Missouri Department of Higher Education and the Missouri Community Colleges Association were selected for the Competency-Based Education Jumpstart Program. 

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Missouri House members this past week passed legislation that would allow public schools to begin counting some children attending early childhood education programs toward the basic state funding they receive. 

MU researchers present work at Life Sciences Week

Apr 17, 2014
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Nearly 300 scientists and researchers at the University of Missouri presented their work at the 30th annual Life Sciences Week.

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The University of Missouri has announced it's hiring the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management to provide a third-party assessment of sexual assault and mental health resources on all four campuses. 

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The University of Missouri's new chancellor says he is prepared to make the school "accountable and responsible" after an independent review faulted its response to a former swimmer's rape claims.


  Missouri House members have endorsed legislation that could offer additional financial assistance to persuade more top students to stay in the state after graduation day.

Columbia Daily Tribune hosts 13th annual Hero Awards

Apr 15, 2014
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  On Monday, April 14, the Columbia Daily Tribune recognized 41 individual volunteers and groups at the 13th annual Hero Awards. Of the 41 nominees, seven received awards for their contributions.

Hickman High School competes in Ethics Bowl

Apr 15, 2014
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  Ethics bowls have been popular among college campuses for many years, but only in the past three years have entered high schools across America. Last week Hickman High School entered the first annual Missouri State High School Ethics Bowl receiving first and second place.