University of Missouri

Morning round-up
8:19 am
Fri January 14, 2011

Morning headlines: UM tuition hike, accidental shooting leaves STL toddler critical, Coleman requests trial delay

University of Missouri Curators are meeting today to discuss a likely tuition increase. (Flickr/Adam Proctor)
  • University of Missouri Curators have scheduled a virtual meeting this morning to discuss a likely tuition increase at the four-campus system. The video teleconference comes in advance of a late January meeting in Columbia where the curators are expected to approve the system's first tuition increase in three years. School officials have said they hope to keep the increase below 10 percent. Tuition for the coming academic year is typically set in the spring. But university leaders want an early start because Missouri law requires a waiver from the state to raise tuition beyond the Consumer Price Index inflation rate. Students who live in Missouri and take a standard 15 credit course load pay $3,684 in tuition each semester. A 9 percent increase would translate into a $332 boost per semester.
  • St. Louis police are investigating the accidental shooting of a three-year-old boy. Police say the toddler was critically wounded when he accidentally shot himself in the head. St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the boy underwent surgery Thursday afternoon at St. Louis Children's Hospital. Police believe the boy was with his mother and an infant sibling at their north St. Louis home when he somehow got his hands on a loaded gun. They say he accidentally shot himself and was found lying on a bed. The mother ran to get the father at the neighbor's house and they raced the toddler to the hospital, flagging down paramedics on the way. The toddler remains in critical condition.
  • The Belleville News Democrat is reporting that lawyers for Christopher Coleman are asking for a delay in the February 15 trial to allow Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to make a decision on a bill that would abolish the death penalty in the state. Coleman is accused of killing his wife and sons in their Columbia, Ill. home in May 2009. He faces a possible death sentence if convicted.

University of Missouri System
11:21 am
Fri January 7, 2011

University of Missouri system president Forsee resigns

University of Missouri system president Gary Forsee in 2008. Forsee announced his resignation today (St. Louis Public Radio)

Via an internal memo this morning, University of Missouri System President Gary Forsee announced that he is resigning.


In the announcement Forsee calls three years serving as system president "an honor," and pledges to help in any way possible.

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U. of Missouri
10:47 am
Mon December 27, 2010

Univ. of Missouri dropping 16 degree offerings

The University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. will be subject to a plan to eliminate 16 degree options. Much of the elimination will come through merging programs to create new degrees. (via Flickr/Adam Procter)

A state-mandated review of academic programs has led to a University of Missouri plan to eliminate 16 degree options in coming years.

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University of Missouri
4:46 am
Thu December 9, 2010

Tuition increase likely at University of Missouri campuses for next year

A mid-Missouri landmark, the historic columns and Jesse Hall on the flagship campus of the University of Missouri system in Columbia, Mo. The Board of Curators for the system meet today in St. Louis to discuss possible tuition hikes.
(Flickr Creative Commons User Adam Procter)

Updated with results of the Board of Curators Meeting:

A tuition increase at the four University of Missouri campuses appears likely in the coming academic year. But how much?

Documents released Thursday say the university will "strive to keep (any) increase to single digit(s)," subject to state support.

A budget overview provided to the board was grim, projecting a $105 million state funding gap.



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