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Clips Report is a selection of local, statewide and national news clips about the University of Missouri and higher education, compiled by UM System University Communications as a service for UM System officials. The report may include articles dealing with controversial subjects, policy matters, higher education trends and other significant topics affecting the University.
The articles are not screened for accuracy, balance of favorable and unfavorable reports, or representation of campuses, University Extension or media outlets. Some articles, especially those from Columbia newspapers, are written by students. The report is not an effort to measure the University’s public information efforts.
June 6, 2008
UM board to approve FY2009 operating budget, 1
UM president details concerns relating to public higher education, 2
REDI to move to UM research park, 4
UM and legislative results, 6
UMHC breaks ground for new Orthopaedic Center, 9
MU opens clinic building, 11
MU excels in workplace wellness, 13
Update on MU billion-dollar campaign, 15
Record number of MU freshmen push limits of campus housing, 17
MU students and learning with technology, 20
Grand jury indicts former MU graduate student, 22
MU sculpture vandalized, 23
MU student newspaper receives donation to create endowment, 24
Texas explosion affects MU student newspaper server, 25
Man accessed porn at MU library, police say, 26
MU study illuminates tomato benefit, 27
MU extension and brush control, 28
UMKC chancellor withdraws as GSU presidential finalist, 29
UMSL fires KWMU general manager, 31
Missouri S&T requires students to take copyright quiz before gaining access to software, 36
MSU scholarship to assist veterans’ education, 38
Westminster students bring Rwanda health mission home, 39
Westminster helps friends bridge cultural gap, 40
Three Rivers Community College fires president, 42
Letter: College funding must be priority in Missouri, 47
Social networks vie for members, revenue, 48
Report details latest data on graduation rates and student aid, 50
Another peer-to-peer lender starts offering student loans, 51
American Academy says universities should spend more of their own money on young researchers, 53
Bill to broaden Disabilities Act concerns some colleges, 54
Foundations continue to see investment returns despite market volatility, 56
Accreditors face call from colleagues to improve college oversight, 58
Op-ed: Colleges must be forearmed with effective policies on weapons, 59
Lessons from for-profit institutions about cutting colleges costs, 62
Scholars struggle to keep technology from controlling their lives, 65
GI Bill could be a boon to for-profit institutions, 68
Board committee approves fiscal year 2009 operating budget
By MICHAEL SEWALL
Thursday, June 5, 2008
COLUMBIA — The UM System Board of Curators Finance and Audit Committee unanimously passed a $2.5 billion operating budget for the 2009 fiscal year. The entire board is expected to approve it Friday.
The budget changed from April to May primarily because of an expected spike in enrollment system-wide for the fall semester. According to a May 7 university news release, MU is expecting record enrollment, up 26 percent from the same time last year. Preliminary figures presented at the meeting show 5,700 students have paid the initial enrollment deposit at MU, an increase of about 700 from the same time last year.
“We have about 600 more students built into this budget,” said Nikki Krawitz, UM System vice president for finance and administration. “So we’re a little conservative, but accurate.”
The increased amount of expected tuition and fees brought the net total in student fees to a little more than $400 million.
The budget is expected to reflect:
State appropriations in the budget went down $9.1 million because the Missouri General Assembly did not fund the Preparing to Care initiative, a higher-education funding bill, or ranked faculty compensation, Krawitz said.
While the board held a brief information session on the fiscal year 2010 appropriations request, UM System President Gary Forsee said prioritizing needs and requests to the state legislature could help in receiving more funding.
“I’m not comfortable right now with how we deliver the message to the General Assembly on the overall budget process,” Forsee said.
Board of Curators Vice Chairman Bo Fraser agreed. “We need to make sure what we take to the legislature are our very top priorities,” he said.
The board will also vote Friday on whether to implement a bachelor of health science degree program at MU.
The Mexico Ledger
Forsee details concerns relating to public higher education during visit to Mexico
By TIM HARE
Monday, June 2, 200
Charged with oversight of the four-campus University of Missouri college system, Gary Forsee – appointed MU president late last year – detailed various concerns relating to the public higher education institution during a presentation Friday to the Mexico Rotary Club at the Mexico Country Club.
Much of the conversation centered around fiscal issues concerning education, and the MU system specifically. "We get about 460 million dollars from the state, and that represents about 30 percent of our budget," stated Forsee. "So in round numbers, we have about a $2 billion budget, which is made up of everything from tuition support, which is the largest piece, and includes contributions that are made, and goes into our foundation. And we then get that foundation benefit to turn into scholarship programs. And it certainly includes research dollars that we get from the federal government, and agencies that provide support."
Elaborating, the college president said state budget revenue more precisely accounts for 32 percent of the MU system budget. But he added: "That number in 2000 was 60 percent." The college president noted that on an inflation-adjusted basis, proposed current state funding would return the college system's state funding level to year 2000 level.
Furthermore, Forsee said Missouri currently ranks 47th in terms of per capita funding of its higher education institutions, ahead of only Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. "States that have been successful, numbers 1 through 25 (regarding funding), are where this whole value of higher education has been viewed to be important. And then you've got variance of states and their economies. Obviously, California and Texas – Texas with oil, California with new economy jobs if you will – have been able to support higher education disproportionately. But our neighboring states that you would think have some of the same challenges that we have had, have been able to figure out that higher education is a higher priority."
The college president stated that upcoming elections for various offices in the state – including the governorship – will be important to determine priority of higher education funding in Missouri. But after noting applicable economic concerns, the college president centered much of his talk around the need to consider other fiscal opportunities, especially as competing interests representing vital needs – e.g., infrastructure, health care – vie for the same limited state funding resources.
Accordingly, Forsee – a native Missourian with an extensive business background, including former chief executive officer and chairman of the Sprint Nextel Corporation – stated new approaches will need to be pursued to maintain and expand the mission of the University of Missouri system, which includes University of Missouri-Columbia, University of Missouri-St. Louis, University of Missouri-Kansas City, and the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla.
"We continue to expand our programs, expand our needs, and that implies that dollars have to come from other sources," stated Forsee. "So the 'For All We Call Mizzou' campaign is an incredibly positive story about raising funds to support scholarships and help the capital campaigns for the different schools and departments."
Donations to the campaign – largely sourced from alumni – are used to support students, faculty, facilities and programs. According to Forsee: "I think in days past, we probably would have taken a time out after the conclusion of a campaign, and then take a couple of years off, and re-start. We're already talking about how do we keep the energy going."
The president noted that could include future capital campaigns where raised revenue might be placed in an unrestricted fund. "I think what is interesting, and I'm sure many of you in this room that have contributed to the University, you will contribute for a specific purpose, and it could be a scholarship for someone from Audrain County, someone from Randolph County, or wherever you happen to be from. Or it could be a scholarship for someone from Audrain County for someone that's going to go to veterinary medicine school. So most donors want it to be donor-advised, and very specific, and therefore the flexibility to use those for general purposes, including salaries, does not exist ... There's some states that have been doing this, starting to ask for more unrestricted funds.
That if the funds aren't going to be able to come from our traditional sources, then that means our private fundraising has to have more flexibility to it so that on occasion some of those dollars can be used for faculty salaries or recruiting a top faculty member. And giving the chancellors the flexibility to do that will be an important part of the equation. And that is something that again, we're discussing now as we consider over the next four or five years what could be different. We are scratching and clawing trying to find ways to give chancellors more flexibility in that regard. But it's a very tight process, particularly when we're trying to catch up and close the gap with our existing operating budget today."
Forsee cited the proposed local plant science research center as an example representing a forward-thinking approach. Noting that the planned facility will allow the university to coordinate with private business interests, thus benefiting all interests, Forsee said: "I think one of the opportunities that will get the test here is with the investment that has already been identified with $5 million for the plant and science research center in Mexico. I think that is very important. I think the types of companies that will be attracted to that kind of center, the type of research that can be brought to bear in the county and in Mexico as a result of that, to me that's just a classic case of win-win. It's about what this area has been about with its agriculture and farming roots, but at the same time ensuring that we take it to another level with the research that can be developed here because of the knowledge base that goes on in the community. So this is a big deal, something that I am paying attention to, along with a number of other economic development projects. And I'll commit to you in this room that it will get our full attention from the University's perspective."
In 2007, state legislative leaders approved a plan to fund several college-related building projects throughout the state, including the plant science research center, principally from sold loans of the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority (MOHELA). Details about the local site are still being determined, but ultimately, officials expect the local facility to focus on plant research on crops, especially regarding biofuels. Accordingly, officials believe the site could serve as a magnet to attract related business concerns with added benefit of University-related research.
"We're fortunate now that I think ... we really have some momentum to be sure we're taking some of the great ideas that get generated in the academic setting of the University, and find ways to ensure those ideas have a chance on occasion to be incubated into businesses and get launched," summarized Forsee, who similarly noted importance of University-developed patents as another important and growing revenue stream. "I think we are just learning how to do that in the complex environment of the academic world in which I now live. And hopefully, some of the application of my 35 years in a different world can be applied to see if we can't accelerate some of those ideas."
Columbia Daily Tribune
Marketing show hits the road
REDI looks to sell research facilities.
By JORDAN RAUBOLT
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
This month, representatives from Regional Economic Development Inc. will attend several events aimed at promoting the University of Missouri’s Discovery Ridge Research Park, the Research Reactor Center and the Life Sciences Business Incubator at Monsanto Place.
The first event on the docket is a three-day conference sponsored by the Missouri Economic Development Council.
Pat Amick, executive director of the council, said the annual spring event - which is scheduled for tomorrow through Friday at The Lodge of Four Seasons at Lake of the Ozarks - will feature six site selection consultants.
Amick said the consultants will provide information on site development, business retention and marketing. Consultants also will be available for one-on-one meetings with organizations such as REDI to discuss specific opportunities and possible partnerships.
"It’s a valuable opportunity for them not only to gain information but to network with people from across the state," Amick said.
While REDI has participated in the Missouri Economic Development Council event in the past, REDI President Bernie Andrews said that with assets such as Discovery Ridge, the research reactor and the business incubator, they now have a more tangible package to market to prospective companies.
"It’s a much more marketable product now," Andrews said. "We’re close enough that we can tell them it’s almost here."
Discovery Ridge is located on a portion of the university’s 1,300-acre South Farm near Highway 63 and New Haven Road. Construction is under way on a new Highway 63 interchange at Gans Road to serve the research park. The interchange is expected to be completed by December, Andrews said.
Analytical Bio-Chemistry Laboratories Inc. and MU Research Animal Diagnostic Laboratory are the first tenants of Discovery Ridge.
The Life Sciences Business Incubator, located off Providence Road near the MU Research Reactor, also is expected to be completed this fall. The facility is intended to help transition technology hatched in MU research labs to the marketplace and grow companies that would graduate to Discovery Ridge. It will provide services such as recruitment, administrative and accounting support and strategic business planning.
Staff from REDI and MU also are scheduled to attend the Society of Nuclear Medicine’s annual meeting in New Orleans from June 14-18 and the 2008 BIO International Convention in San Diego from June 17-20.
David Meyer, REDI marketing director, said all three events provide opportunities to promote Columbia and the resources and facilities available through the university.
"It’s a good way of marketing different companies and different decision-makers from around the world," he said. "Assets like Discovery Ridge, having the full capabilities and infrastructure, are going to be a great benefit to allow us to be able to get in front of the kind of companies that would benefit from being here."
Kenneth Brooks, associate director of the Research Reactor Center, said the Society of Nuclear Medicine meeting will feature reports on new advancements in research and discussions of how collaboration can further the research progressing into clinical applications.
Brooks said the event will provide an opportunity to showcase the cancer research being done at the reactor, which is the largest university research reactor in the country.
"That’s the premier gathering of research scientists and industry representatives from around the globe," Brooks said. "We want to make sure that our research capabilities are known."
While these marketing events will help encourage biotechnology, pharmaceutical and other life sciences companies to locate in Columbia, Andrews said, it will take some time to see the effects.
"Nothing’s going to happen overnight," he said. "This is going to be a long-term approach," but "you need to start somewhere, and it’s a positive beginning."
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