Senate Education Committee holds hearing on omnibus higher education bill

Sen. Gary Nodler; Barbara Dixon, president of Truman State University and the Council on Public Higher Education; and UM President Elson S. Floyd at the committee hearing.

The Senate Education Committee, chaired by Sen. Gary Nodler (R-Joplin), held a hearing on Wednesday, Jan. 31, on SB389, which modifies several aspects of the state’s higher education system. The bill, sponsored by Nodler, includes sections related to the Lewis and Clark Discovery Initiative, financial aid, governance and tuition stabilization. University of Missouri President Elson S. Floyd was among those who testified in support of the bill, describing the legislation as a “pivotal point in the future of higher education in our state.” [Read more on SB389…]

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Senate Interim Committee releases report with recommendations to improve higher education

The Senate Interim Committee on the Cost of a College Education, which was formed over the summer to conduct hearings and gather input regarding several issues in higher education, released a final report Friday, Jan. 26, that included a set of recommendations.  Chaired by Sen. Gary Nodler (R-Joplin), the report addressed issues such as governance, financial aid and scholarships, funding and partnerships among institutions. Other members of the committee were Sen. Scott Rupp (R-Wentzville); Sen. Charlie Shields (R-St. Joseph); Sen. Frank Barnitz (D-Lake Spring); and Sen. Chuck Graham (D-Columbia). Many of the report’s recommendations have been incorporated in SB389, the omnibus higher education bill introduced by Nodler. [Read more on the report’s findings and recommendations…]

House Higher Education Committee meets; Appropriations-Education Committee schedules meeting

The House Higher Education Committee, chaired by Rep. Gayle Kingery (R-Poplar Bluff), held an organizational meeting Tuesday, Jan. 30, to prepare for the legislative year. Kingery said he hoped to see continued progress at bringing higher education back up to its previous funding level in the next one or two years and that the committee would probably be considering the omnibus higher education bill introduced in the Senate. He emphasized the importance of a strong higher education system for the economic future of the state and also said improving financial aid and scholarship support would be a priority.

In other House committee news, the Appropriations-Education Committee, chaired by Rep. Kathlyn Fares (R-Webster Groves), is scheduled to hear higher education testimony on Monday, Feb. 5, at 11:00 a.m. in HR1. The committee will hear an overview of the Department of Higher Education, the Coordinating Board for Higher Education, MOREnet, and the eMINTS program.

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UMKC hosts higher education forum with community colleges
UMKC Chancellor Guy Bailey speaks at the higher education forum, with MCC Chancellor Jackie Snyder and UM Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Steve Lehmkuhle in the background.
UMKC Chancellor Guy Bailey speaks at the higher education forum, with MCC Chancellor Jackie Snyder and UM Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Steve Lehmkuhle in the background.

University of Missouri-Kansas City Chancellor Guy Bailey and Metropolitan Community College Chancellor Jackie Snyder were joined by University of Missouri Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Steve Lehmkuhle in hosting a public higher education forum on Wednesday, Jan. 31, in Kansas City. The event took place at MCC’s Penn Valley Community College campus and was attended by a variety of community leaders, UMKC and MCC faculty and staff and area residents.

Bailey and Snyder discussed a variety of ways that Kansas City’s urban university and community colleges currently work together and expressed a desire to increase that cooperation in the future. “President Floyd’s dedication to unity in the higher education community is a commitment shared by UMKC and Metropolitan Community College as cooperation between our institutions is a key factor in preparing a workforce that meets the growing educational needs of this state,” Bailey said. “I will continue to strengthen the working relationship with MCC to enlarge and expand educational opportunities for Kansas City’s students.”

The forum was part of a series to focus on unity in the higher education community and to emphasize the importance of public higher education’s accessibility, affordability and accountability. Other forums have included Northwest Missouri State University; Truman State University; Missouri State University; University of Central Missouri; Missouri Southern University and Missouri Western State University.

Join alumni and supporters for the 33rd annual Legislative Day

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 14, for the 33rd annual University of Missouri Alliance of Alumni Associations and Extension Legislative Day at the State Capitol. Events include a University rally, legislator visits, and a display showcase featuring each campus and Extension. The annual awards dinner will be held the evening before, Tuesday, March 13. Honorees for outstanding alumni service include Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, University of Missouri; Rep. Jeff Harris, MU; Angela Bennett, UMKC; Larry Hendren, UMR; Rep. Clint Zweifel, UMSL; and Jo Turner, Extension. [Find out more and register for Legislative Day…]

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Rep. Pearce with his collection of political buttons in his Capitol office
Rep. Pearce with his collection of political buttons in his Capitol office
Rep. David Pearce

Rep. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) is vice chair of the House Higher Education Committee. Pearce attended Central Missouri State University and received a bachelor of science degree in agriculture journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1984. “The University of Missouri is the flagship university for our state,” Pearce said. “Its mission is to create the image and to be the standard for all of the state in helping Missouri move forward intellectually. It serves as a role model to the other universities in the state.” [Read more…]

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