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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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A handful of Missouri colleges and universities are playing a key role in a global effort to assess educational outcomes of students across international boundaries.

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The University of Missouri system has seen record enrollment year after year. But the University’s leaders are keeping an eye on that growth to ensure it’s in the University’s best interest.

Higher education cuts may continue in Missouri

Jan 2, 2012
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Higher education leaders in Missouri are expecting a dismal year when it comes to state funding.

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This week: The latest on the CPS redistricting process. Plus we’ll introduce you to a high schooler in Macon who has already started ‘climbing the ladder.’

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The Committee tasked with putting together a new plan for the boundaries of the Columbia Public School District has decided on its recommendation to the School Board.

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The number of Missouri students taking foreign languages is on the rise – with enrollment in foreign language classes doubling over the past 20 years. But the increase isn’t being driven by education policy, finds KBIA’s Chris McDaniel in this report.

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This week on the show: we dive in to the two biggest stories at the University of Missouri this year – the new UM system president and the move to the SEC.

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More than a month after the move was made official, University of Missouri Chancellor Brady Deaton spent an hour with reporters this afternoon to ‘de-brief’ the move to the Southeastern Conference from the Big 12.

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After almost a year of searching, the University of Missouri has a new system president.

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The University of Missouri’s 23rd system president is Timothy M. Wolfe, who is a graduate of MU’s Trulaske School of Business and of Rock Bridge High School in Columbia.

Interim President Steve Owens will remain in the office until Wolfe begins his tenure, in mid-February.

UM curator Warren Erdman introduced Wolfe as a Missourian, saying he “comes back to us now with international and national experience but with a heart that always stayed in Missouri.”

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