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Floyd reports on tuition tour; University to consider enhancing admissions policy

University of Missouri President Elson S. Floyd wrapped up his tuition listening tour with a final public forum Oct. 5 at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and a report to the Board of Curators on Oct. 7, highlighting his conversations with citizens about tuition. Dr. Floyd has conducted 18 tuition listening sessions during the last several months. He told the board that citizens told him they want stability and predictability in tuition increases, and that they understood the University can’t promise guaranteed tuition without dependable, consistent levels of state financial support. The board will be presented with decision items about tuition policy during their December meeting in Kansas City.
 
Floyd also asked each chancellor to examine enhancing the University admissions policy to admit more high-achieving Missouri students beginning in Fall 2007. Under the proposal, any student attending a Missouri high school who ranks in the top 10 percent of his or her graduating class and completes the college preparatory curriculum, which includes at least 17 units of credit, will be eligible for automatic admission to any of the University of Missouri campuses. An ACT/SAT score would be required. Floyd asked for feedback on the proposal from the chancellors by the December meeting in Kansas City.

President Floyd & chancellors visit D.C. for reception with alumni and lawmakers

MU alum Tracy Henke, Congressman Lacy Clay, and MU alum Walter Coleman at the alumni reception.
MU alum Tracy Henke, Congressman Lacy Clay, and
MU alum Walter Coleman at the alumni reception.

University of Missouri President Elson S. Floyd welcomed alumni from all four campuses as well as members of the Congressional delegation at a reception on Capitol Hill this September. In addition to greeting the alumni living and working in the Washington, D.C. area, Floyd highlighted the accomplishments and priorities of each campus. He also expressed appreciation to the members of the Congressional delegation for their work on behalf of the University of Missouri. Floyd and the chancellors also met with lawmakers during their visit.

Interim House Panel meets to discuss higher education funding

The House Interim Committee on Student-Based Higher Education Funding Reform Models met in Columbia on Monday, Oct. 10, to begin the process of reviewing how public funds are distributed to higher education institutions and students. The committee was formed to gather information regarding how the state’s current funding methods might be improved to meet state and student needs. The committee is chaired by Rep. Carl Bearden (R-St. Charles), the sponsor of HB 742 last session that would recast how dollars are distributed to institutions. UM President Elson S. Floyd was among those who presented to the committee. [Read more…]

Missouri Government Review Commission votes on higher education proposals

The Missouri Government Review Commission met Thursday, Sept. 22 to vote on proposals to be included in the Commission’s report to the governor. Among the proposals approved by the commission include the creation of a cabinet level Secretary of Higher Education and a cabinet level Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education. Both positions would be appointed by the governor and would have authority to recommend annual budgets for their respective departments, including, for higher education, the level of state appropriations to all public institutions of higher education in Missouri. [Read more…]

Staff from governor’s office, DED, MOBIO tour UMC life sciences facilities

Mike Mills, Shelby Neal, Rob Monsees, Steve Knorr, and Kelly Gillespie listen as Ken Brooks from the MURR explains a model of the reactor.
Mike Mills, Shelby Neal, Rob Monsees, Steve Knorr,
and Kelly Gillespie listen as Ken Brooks from the
MURR explains a model of the reactor.

As part of a statewide tour to learn more about Missouri’s current and future life sciences research strengths, staff members from the governor’s office, the Department of Economic Development and the Missouri Biotechnology Association (MOBIO) toured facilities at UM-Columbia on Thurs., September 29. Rob Monsees and Shelby Neal from Gov. Matt Blunt’s office joined Mike Mills from the Department of Economic Development and Kelly Gillespie from MOBIO to meet with life sciences deans, tour the School of Medicine and learn more about its health sciences research center plans, and hear from several researchers in the life sciences. The group also saw the Life Sciences Center and Sears Greenhouse facility before visiting the Research Reactor and seeing the future site of a new business incubator. The group previously visited UM-Kansas City and toured the Center for Emerging Technologies in St. Louis.

UMR-USGS partner to aid in natural disasters

U.S. Rep. Joann Emerson of Missouri's 8th District (center) presides over the signing of agreements between UMR and the USGS. Pictured with Rep. Emerson are Dr. John Gardner and Dr. Y.T. Shah.
U.S. Rep. Joann Emerson of Missouri's 8th District
(center) presides over the signing of agreements
between UMR and the USGS. Pictured with Rep.
Emerson are Dr. John Gardner and Dr. Y.T. Shah.

U.S. Representative Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO) joined UM’s vice president for research and economic development, John Gardner, and UMR Provost Y.T. Shah to announce a series of partnerships between UMR and the U.S. Geological Survey’s Mid-Continent Geographical Sciences Center during a campus ceremony Oct. 10. The partnerships combine the research expertise of both organizations to aid federal, state and local agencies in preparing for natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes and earthquakes. “This new partnership shows the value of UMR and USGS to our community in Rolla. We emphasize cooperation and a strong work ethic to bring outstanding new technologies and ideas to life in Missouri,” Emerson said. Also during the ceremony, UMR and USGS officials announced plans to collaborate in research at USGS’s research facility in Rolla and to allow a UMR faculty member to conduct landslide and earthquake science research with USGS. The announcements follow an Internet technology alliance between UMR and USGS that has better connected the USGS with its public customers.

Rep. Storch visits with ASUM at UM-St. Louis

From left to right, UMSL students Muhammed LaMotte, Jeremy Liess, William Costas; Rep. Storch; students Thomas Helton, Marque Hudspeth, and Daniel Johnson.
From left to right, UMSL students Muhammed
LaMotte, Jeremy Liess, William Costas; Rep. Storch;
students Thomas Helton, Marque Hudspeth, and
Daniel Johnson.

Rep. Rachel Storch (D-St. Louis) visited UM-St. Louis on Wednesday, Sept. 28 as part of the Associated Students of the University of Missouri “Lunch with a Legislator” series. Storch met with students, faculty and staff in the Millennium Student Center over lunch in an informal question-and-answer session. “Lunch with a Legislator” is a regular series sponsored by ASUM and serves as an opportunity for students to meet face-to-face with their representatives and discuss issues important to them.

Sen. Ridgeway

Profile: Sen. Luann Ridgeway

Sen. Luann Ridgeway (R-Smithville) received a juris doctor degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in 1981. “I have great University of Missouri graduates and students in Clay County,” Ridgeway said. “The University of Missouri also has made a very personal impact on me as this is where I obtained my law degree.” [Read more…]

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