Education

Students push for UM Curators vote

Mar 5, 2012

Students at the University of Missouri are ramping up their efforts to change the status of the student representative on the system's Board of Curators. Bill Raack reports that legislation to give the student curator voting rights is working its way through the Missouri General Assembly.

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The former chairman and CEO of MTV International will become a member of the Westminster College Board of Trustees.

State education officials could step in quicker to assist failing Missouri school districts under legislation backed in the House.

Districts that lose state accreditation currently are given two years to improve before the state officials can intervene. The new legislation removes the waiting period.

When the state Board of Education revokes a district's accreditation, it then would decide whether to set conditions for the local school board to remain in place or determine when an alternative governing system for those schools would take effect.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is releasing more than $5 million that had been withheld from public education because of budget concerns. 

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The Big 12 conference announced its agreement with MU on its website Tuesday afternoon. Here is the text of the article posted on the conference's website:

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University of Missouri Chancellor Brady Deaton spoke to the University of Missouri-Columbia Faculty Council Thursday before its regularly scheduled meeting. This was the council's first meeting since the University system's Board of Curators approved tuition increases that leave the system with a $47.1 million budget gap.

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Missouri’s men’s basketball game against Kansas on Saturday was the 267th time the teams have played.  But it could be one of the last times the long time rivals will compete since MU is moving to the Southeastern Conference next year.  Opposing petitions have sprung up in Kansas and Missouri to either save or end the Border Showdown.

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This week on the show: Brady Deaton talks with the MU Faculty Council for the first time since announced cuts. Plus, a little discussion of the future of the MU-KU rivalry.

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MU Extension will premiere a documentary about the life of Eliot Battle, a long time educator and counselor for Columbia Public Schools.

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The Fulton Public Schools Superintendent says there won’t be extensive cuts to the district’s budget for the 2012-2013 academic year. 

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Stephens College is reorganizing, in a move that won’t cost more money, but will shuffle departments and faculty.

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Truman State University administrators created a coalition to find ways to adjust to budget cuts earlier this month.  Now, the student member of the coalition, Ryan Nely is forming a similar coalition of all students.

Eleven states have been issued waivers from some provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, but Missouri was not one of them.  But as Maria Altman reports, the State Board of Education is trying to change that.

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University of Missouri curators have voted to increase tuition by 3 percent for Missouri residents starting this summer. Out of state students will see a tuition increase of 7.5 percent.

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With the cost of a college education continuing to increase and state funding simultaneously decreasing, some are beginning to question the value of attending a university at all.

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The University of Missouri's in-state undergraduates received a good news today.  The UM Board of Curators voted to hold tuition increases to three percent starting this fall.  In past weeks there was discussion of raising tuition by two or three times that much.  However, the proposed tuition increase will leave MU with a forty-seven million dollar budget gap.

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The Associated Students of the University of Missouri (ASUM) has started a letter writing campaign to give voting power to the single student representative on the UM Board of Curators.

Curators to meet to discuss tuition increases

Feb 20, 2012
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University of Missouri curators will meet Monday to consider raising tuition at the system's four campuses.

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In some of the first higher education layoffs announced this year in reaction to state funding reductions, Northwest Missouri State University will cut 20 jobs and eliminate or reorganize eight academic departments in a campus-wide move to reduce costs.

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Former IBM executive Tim Wolfe took office as the new University of Missouri System president on Wednesday. The businessman has old ties to Columbia. 

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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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