The University of Missouri is expanding an early alert system that tracks academic performance to all four of its campuses this fall.
The system, developed by the company Starfish Retention Solutions, is designed to improve retention and graduation rates by better connecting students, faculty and staff.
The expansion follows the success of a pilot program at the university's Columbia campus that gives advisors real-time grading information on students and tracks performance trends among classes and subjects.
University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe was our guest today on St. Louis on the Air. He oversees the management of the four institutions within the system: University of Missouri-Columbia, University of Missouri-St. Louis, University of Missouri-Kansas City and Missouri University of Science and Technology, and has held the position since February 2012.
Despite financial concerns that threatened to derail its approval, a $17 million building for the optometry program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis won passage Friday, but not without reservations over how it will be paid for.
During the University of Missouri Board of Curators' two-day meeting at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, the board unanimously approved the merger of the non-profit news organizations St. Louis Public Radio and the St. Louis Beacon, which is expected to be completed next month.
Leadership at both organizations has been planning the merger for more than a year.
St. Louis Public Radio’s license is held by the University of Missouri Curators, and the merger required the board’s approval.
On the job since February, University of Missouri System President Timothy Wolfe leads an institution with four campuses, more than 74,000 students, and over 13,000 employees. He joined Don Marsh on St. Louis on the Air today from the Columbia studios of KBIA. You can hear their entire conversation in the St.
The new president of the University of Missouri system wants curators to soon decide whether to offer domestic partner benefits to campus workers.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that president Tim Wolfe says the Board of Curators should take up the issue before the end of the year. Some professors and other employees have long sought to expand health insurance coverage and other benefits to same-sex couples.
Wolfe told the newspaper that "we owe our great employees and potential employees a decision."
Reporting from KCUR's Dan Verbeck used in this report.
The word “inevitable” is being teamed with “job-losses” if the University of Missouri system is unable to work its way out of an expected 12.5 percent cut in state funding for 2013. The statement comes from the University Curators interim president at the end of its meeting in Kansas City.