university of missouri

KBIA

 The University of Missouri won't adopt policies on free speech and protests until at least the fall to allow enough time to gather public comment.

A committee issued a draft in late May of policies designed to regulate public spaces on campus while also respecting free-speech rights. The committee, composed of 13 faculty, staff and students also was asked to determine how the university can best resolve conflicts over use of public spaces.

The committee was formed after protests rocked the Columbia campus last fall.

University of Missouri

The University of Missouri Board of Curators heard more about the process that will be used to select the next president of the UM System at its regular meeting Thursday. The session for the UM Presidential Search Committee was held at the Reynolds Alumni Center on the University of Missouri’s campus.

The committee discussed its plan to work towards finding a new UM System president. Although the process is still on-going, the Board of Curators and the search committee believe they are on track to finding the right prospect, but there’s still plenty to do.

David Shane / Flickr

A former GOP gubernatorial candidate and a conservative talk radio host are among those who will review the University of Missouri following turmoil last fall.

The University of Missouri fell under scrutiny after student protests in Columbia over what some saw as administrators' indifference to racial issues.

Lawmakers frustrated over how the protests were handled created the UM System Review Commission to review system policies and administrative structure. The eight-member commission will recommend changes.

Kristofor Husted / KBIA/Harvest Public Media

The big flocks of snow geese flying over the Midwest each spring and fall may make for a pretty picture, but the booming population of those fluffy, noisy, white birds is creating an environmental disaster in Canada. And it’s partially thanks to decisions made by Midwest farmers. 

“The birds have grown exponentially, almost now to a concern that they’re causing destruction to their tundra breeding grounds,” said Drew Fowler, a doctoral student at the University of Missouri.

The University of Missouri has denied a request from a student group that wants to put a marijuana leaf on a T-shirt next to the university's name.

Columns at University of Missouri
File Photo / KBIA

Senior administrators at the University of Missouri College of Engineering have gathered to discuss how to combat a perceived lack of transparency and collaboration within the administration.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that more than 24 administrators from the school and campus spent four days at a retreat last week.

Dean Elizabeth Loboa said that she previously met with faculty members individually and held group sessions for the college's staff.

The University of Missouri System has announced that it will conduct an audit of diversity and inclusion policies and procedures.

The University of Missouri hopes offering convenience and flexibility to would-be dormitory residents lures them away from apartments or other private housing amid enrollment declines.

Columns and Jesse Hall
Adam Procter / Flickr

The University of Missouri is now projecting a drop in enrollment of 2,630 students for the next school year, which will contribute to a $31.4 million revenue shortfall for MU next year.

University of Missouri leaders briefed faculty and staff Wednesday with the latest figures on enrollment and the budget for the next fiscal year. Vice Chancellor of Finance Rhonda Gibler explained the cuts necessary to right the ship at MU will not be easy.

Adam Procter / flickr

Missouri lawmakers have approved the creation of a commission to review the University of Missouri System's policies and administrative structure.

A Missouri lawmaker is urging students to reconsider attending the University of Missouri in Columbia following campus turmoil last year.

File photo / KBIA

JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Jay Nixon chose Missouri State University as his venue to sign the Fiscal Year 2017 higher education budget into law Wednesday.

The school in Springfield achieved all of its performance goals, equaling an increase of $3.6 million in funding.

“When we talk about holding tuition, we’ve not done that for free. Okay? We have put dollars in to make sure that at the same time we were getting increases in quality,” said Nixon. 

Adam Procter / Flickr

Lawmakers are scaling back reductions to the University of Missouri's budget.

Adam Procter / Flickr

  COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A man charged with posting online threats to shoot black students and faculty at the University of Missouri's Columbia campus has changed his plea to guilty.

Nineteen-year-old Hunter Park admitted Monday to making a terrorist threat.

Authorities say the threats showed up Nov. 10 on the anonymous location-based messaging app Yik Yak. A university police officer says Park admitted he wrote the postings when confronted in his dorm room at a sister campus in Rolla.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including: 

Columns and Jesse Hall
Adam Procter / Flickr

The University of Missouri says it's planning to close two more dorms on the Columbia campus because of a drop in residency.

cindyt7070 / Flickr

The University of Missouri has seen grades steadily rise, like most colleges and universities across the nation.

Thomas Rome / Flickr

COLUMBIA - A Spike Lee documentary about the University of Missouri protests and its football team's threatened boycott is making premiering at a theater near the campus.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that a one-hour version of the documentary, titled "2 Fists Up," will be shown Wednesday night at the Missouri Theatre. Lee worked with ESPN to make the documentary.

Jesse Hall and the Mizzou columns
Darren Hellwege / KBIA

The faculty council for the University of Missouri is urging the selection of someone with an academic background as it searches for a new leader for the four-campus system.

The Columbia Missourian reports that the council discussed the search process Thursday. The council says another priority is someone with an academic background and a willingness to listen to students and faculty.

Jesse Hall and the Mizzou columns
Darren Hellwege / KBIA

The lecture series on the African American experience in Missouri continued Wednesday night at MU.

MU Students Affected by Attack in Brussels

Mar 22, 2016
Meg Hilling

MU School of Journalism students are safe after a terrorist attack in Brussels late Tuesday night. All 16 students in the school’s Brussels study abroad internship program are accounted for. MU Spokesperson Christian Basi says he has been in contact with MU Journalism professor Gareth Harding who oversees the program. MU students in the program work at various news outlets throughout the city.

MU Offers Active Shooter Training Course

Mar 22, 2016

  The University of Missouri is offering students, staff and faculty a training course on how to respond to an active shooter on campus.

MUPD officers will offer a free training tonight educating people about the correct approach to incidents which may occur in a public area or within a school or workplace environment. The class will consist of a 90 minute classroom session, followed by a 4 hour hands-on practical segment at a later date.

Karen Blaha / Flickr

COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri says two residence halls already scheduled for demolition will not be used this fall because of declining enrollment.

University spokesman Christian Basi says closing Laws Hall and Lathrop Hall will save the university about $200,000 a year in utility costs. The halls, part of the Dobbs Group constructed in 1959, each have 340 beds.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Laws was scheduled to close for demolition in January 2017. Basi says closing the halls this fall could move up construction and demolition work.

Jesse Hall and the Mizzou columns
Darren Hellwege / KBIA

    

COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri approves of a proposed outside review of the system's operations and rules.

Vice President for University Relations Steve Knorr said the university supported the proposal at a Senate Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics Committee hearing Tuesday.

Columns at University of Missouri
File Photo / KBIA

COLUMBIA - University leaders are projecting “a very significant budget shortfall” at MU, according to a statement emailed to MU faculty and staff today.

In the statement, Interim MU Chancellor Hank Foley says that factors including an anticipated drop in first-time students and student retention for fall of 2016 could cause a roughly 1,500 student decline in enrollment at MU. That decline would contribute to the $32 million budget gap projected for next year.

 

Columns at University of Missouri
File Photo / KBIA

 A bipartisan group of Missouri lawmakers has prevailed over the leaders of both parties to approve deeper budget cuts to the University of Missouri.

Lawmakers voted 83-75 Tuesday to transfer $1 million from the University of Missouri's Columbia campus to Lincoln University in Jefferson City. The House speaker, majority floor leader and the budget chairman along with the chamber's top five Democrats voted against the cut.

Ashley Szatala

The Missouri School of Journalism invited Nikole Hannah-Jones, an award winning journalist, to come to campus last month and spend the day with journalism students. The visit culminated in a talk for journalism students called “Covering racial injustice in the age of Black Lives Matter.”

When Hannah-Jones came to MU, she talked to students, faculty and staff in the journalism school about how to cover issues of race. She also talked about how she practices a blend of data-driven and narrative journalism.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

Pages