ASUM ramps up college affordability efforts

At the beginning of the summer—right when tuition increases were announced—we wrote about the decline in college affordability and some of the measures we were considering to change it. For the most part, the challenges we wrote about haven’t let up. After significant funding cuts were imposed by the state in May, Governor Greitens announced that he would withhold another $24 million from higher education. The future of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program is increasingly in doubt, only a month before the first cohort of 500,000+ public servants prepare to have their loans forgiven. But there has been […]

ASUM reintroduces revised STEM Initiative

The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Initiative is an effort by the Associated Students’ to meet increasing demand for STEM graduates, to increase interest in STEM fields among tomorrow’s students, and make an education in these fields more accessible. Specifically, the STEM Initiative will do the following: Provide Missouri companies with an incentive to provide internships and employment to Missouri’s students and recent graduates. Provides scholarships to students who enroll in STEM degree programs or are currently studying in a STEM field. Increases youth experiential programs available to elementary and secondary students, to expose students to STEM fields outside […]

With tuition outpacing state dollars, students should have a formal voice in university decision-making

Last weekend, the ASUM Board elected to re-introduce its longest-standing platform to provide the Student Representative to the Board of Curators, a position ASUM lobbied successfully for in 1984 and to include in closed-door meetings in 1999. As The Maneater reported in 2015, there have been dozens of attempts to enact this legislation in the past, only one of which passed both the Missouri House and Senate, only to be vetoed by then-Governor Matt Blunt. Despite the uphill battle, we believe that granting the Student Representative a vote at the University’s highest level of governance is more necessary and appropriate than ever. […]

New: ASUM introduces first-ever platform on sexual assault prevention

Despite widespread efforts to reduce sexual assault on college campuses, the numbers continue to illustrate a harrowing problem*: College-enrolled women between the ages 18-24 are three times as likely to experience sexual violence as women overall. 11.2% of all students (undergraduate and graduate) in the U.S. experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitation Among undergraduate students, nearly one-fourth (23.1%) of females and 5.4% of males experience rape or sexual assault 21% of LGBTQIA+ students have been sexually assaulted 4-out-of-5 female college victims of sexual assault will never report the crime To contribute to the efforts of […]

ASUM Reaffirms Commitment to Improving Mental Health Services

On Sunday, the Associated Students’ Board of Directors reaffirmed its commitment to mental health issues by passing a two-pronged platform designed to encourage administrative and legislative action on a serious problem facing the college-age population. Our approach in the 2017-18 academic year reflects the successes of the 2016-17 academic year while incorporating some of the feedback and concerns we heard from students, administrators, lawmakers, and counseling directors since we introduced the platform for the first time last year. Standards for Counseling Services in Statute — House Bill 920, which nearly passed last session, has been revised to reduce redundancy and […]

ASUM Board Convenes for Annual Retreat

Written by Jordan McFarland, Assistant Legislative Director COLUMBIA, September, 7, 2016—At the end of last month, the Board of Directors of ASUM convened at the annual Board Retreat to finalize the 2016 legislative platform. Focusing on University System unity in the effort, the Board put forth student centric tangibly progressive platforms capitalizing on the success of ASUM in the past. With the 2016 November elections fast approaching, the Board put forth compelling strategies to increase student voter registration, aiming to shatter previous numbers. Furthermore, in an effort to be more transparent, the Board set forth an innovative initiative to engage […]