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Columbia College will begin construction on a new science building starting this spring.

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MU Scientists have received a 5.5 million dollars donation from the Sidney Kimmel Foundation. The money will go toward efforts in the search for new forms of alternative energy.

The Columbia Board of Education has given final approval to the district’s attendance boundaries.  Tweaked from out of 182 possible scenarios, the Board Monday approved Approach B, which divides Columbia Public School’s Secondary Boundaries into six intermediate schools for grades 6-8 and three high schools for grades 9-12.

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The University of Missouri system is renovating its administrative headquarters at the same time officials cite nearly $37 million in critical campus repairs.

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The University of Missouri’s out-of-state applications outnumbered in-state applications for the first time in the school’s history. Vice Provost for Enrollment Manager Ann Korschgen said the recent rise is thanks to an increased recruitment the country, as well as the school's reputation.

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The second meeting discussing MU’s  budget took place Wednesday where Director of Budget Tim Rooney led an updated presentation on the university’s financial situation for the coming year.

Columbia Public Schools announced new leadership team members for Columbia’s Battle High School Monday. Jacob Sirna was named Assistant Principal of the new high school which is scheduled to open in Fall of 2013.

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The search for the University of Missouri's next president was guided by one unwavering principle: keep candidate names secret. But such confidential searches are hardly the norm on the MU campus.

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The word “inevitable” is being teamed with “job-losses” if the University of Missouri system is unable to work its way out of an expected twelve and a half percent cut in state funding for 2013.

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The University of Missouri System Board of Curators is meeting today in Kansas City. One item on the agenda, and on everyone's minds, is the budget.

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University of Missouri curators are meeting Thursday in Kansas City to discuss a possible tuition increase for the 2012-13 academic year.

MU professor wants to reexamine university spending

Feb 1, 2012
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As Governor Jay Nixon is proposing a large cut to funding for higher education, MU English Professor Richard Schwartz is encouraging students and universities to reconsider everything their money is going towards.  In his e-book, “Is a College Education Still Worth the Price?,” Schwartz says that universities, like MU, have many services and benefits for students that are driving up student costs.

"Students in general in America live better now than they lived when I went to college and living better costs more," Schwartz said.

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Columbia attorney Craig Van Matre faces obstacles of time and partisan politics in his bid for a permanent seat on the UM System Board of Curators.

Craig Van Matre’s time is running out as a UM curator. He’s held the position since Governor Jay Nixon appointed him last June, but Missouri’s constitution requires a vote on his confirmation by Thursday. Some aren’t keen on making Van Matre a permanent board member.

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Legislation that’s designed to stem a potential flood of students from unaccredited schools in St. Louis and Kansas City to nearby suburban schools was heard Tuesday before a Missouri Senate committee.

UM System urges tuition increases

Feb 1, 2012
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The UM system recommends curators approve an average tuition increase of 6.5 percent, with prices at the University of Missouri in Columbia spiking at as much as 7.5 percent.

State Rep. Chris Kelly (D - Columbia) says the decision is inevitable if the system wants to pay its expenses.

"The Governor's office left the Curators no choice but to go to tuition for money. The state's failing in its obligation, so we're transferring the cost of our education from students and their parents," Kelly said.

Curator confirmation faces deadline

Jan 31, 2012
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Columbia attorney Craig Van Matre’s spot on the University of Missouri Board of Curators must go up for a vote by the end of the week. But his confirmation faces opposition from Republicans in the Senate. Republican State Senator Kevin Engle, among others, tells KBIA he plans to filibuster Governor Jay Nixon’s choice to fill the seat that was vacated in June.

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The two-hundredth anniversary of the New Madrid earthquake was recently. The Great Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium is not waiting around for it to happen again. The group is helping set up region-wide readiness programs.

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A proposal to cut state funding to higher education would be devastating, according to MU Chancellor Brady Deaton.

Speaking on KBIA’s Intersection, Deaton said the 12.5% cut to MU’s budget would set the university’s state funding back to 1997 levels, despite having increased student enrollment by 50% in the time since. He says this would come on top of an already low record of state funding to higher education, with Missouri ranking lowest in terms of per capita funding among southeastern states.

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

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The University of Missouri is undertaking a study that will evaluate the transit needs of its students.

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The MU Budget Office held an open meeting Tuesday to discuss the state of the university’s funds. 

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A St. Louis-area lawmaker wants to reverse a new University of Missouri policy that limits how students can redistribute recorded classroom lectures.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that a bill filed by Republican Representative Paul Curtman of Pacific would allow public college students to freely share audio and video recordings of lectures.

Future uncertain for Board of Curators nominee

Jan 23, 2012
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The nomination of a Columbia attorney to the University of Missouri Board of Curators remains uncertain as state lawmakers continue to question his gubernatorial appointment.

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is urging college administrators to think twice before proposing large tuition increases in response to state budget cuts.

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A member of the University of Missouri Board of Curators has stepped down.

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The University of Missouri system has announced its new Chancellor of the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

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A proposed state constitutional amendment would bar tenure for Missouri's school teachers.

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A 40-cent tax levy increase and $50 million bond issue have been unanimously approved by Columbia school board members, to go on the April ballot. The move came at last night's school board meeting.

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

The head of Missouri’s Higher Education Department has a good-news prediction for the state’s colleges and universities: a downplay in funding cuts from legislators. By Kirk Wayman in Maryville.

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