Tuition is probably going up at all four University of Missouri campuses next year.
The university's Board of Curators met yesterday at the UMSL campus to begin weighing a recommendation that an increase be tied to the nation's inflation rate. The rate is based on the Consumer Price Index for December and won't be known until next month. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that budget projections expect it to be about 1.7 percent.
The board could vote on the amount of the increase in January.
Some non-resident students will pay even more. Graduate and undergraduate students the Columbia campus will see a 3 percent hike. And graduate students at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla will pay 6 percent more next fall.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The University of Missouri plans to use a $1 million gift to fund academic scholarships for military veterans.
The university announced Wednesday that it received the estate commitment from donors who wanted to remain anonymous. The donors did not attend the university but want the gift to honor Col. Dwight Schannep, a native of Versailles who fought in World War II for almost the entire conflict. Schannep died in a military plane crash shortly after the war.
Missouri officials say in a news release that the donors cited the university's full-service Veterans Center, its academic reputation - particularly its journalism schools - and Midwestern values.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The University of Missouri is again turning to its top lawyer as a temporary campus leader, this time as acting Columbia campus chancellor while the search for Brady Deaton's successor continues.
University System President Tim Wolfe on Monday named general counsel Steve Owens as interim chancellor of the flagship campus. Owens was previously the interim system president before Wolfe's hiring.
Deaton is stepping down on Nov. 15 after nine years as chancellor. He will remain in Columbia as executive director of a new international development research center bearing his name.
Wolfe also appointed Deputy Chancellor Mike Middleton as transition executive to help ease the next chancellor into the job. The president says that neither Owens nor Middleton is a candidate for the permanent position.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The University of Missouri is getting $1.8 million from the federal government to encourage nuclear energy development.
The grants will help fund the development of a supply chain, logistics, and infrastructure needed to manufacture small modular nuclear reactors.
Modular reactors are smaller than large nuclear power plants. They can be built in factories and shipped where they are needed.
The university in July announced a partnership with Westinghouse Electric Co. and Ameren Missouri to work on research related to modular nuclear reactors.
President Barack Obama's administration said Tuesday that the project also will assess the education and training needed for a workforce to produce the reactors.
Sen. Claire McCaskill said the grant shows Missouri is well situated to lead the nation in developing small modular nuclear reactors.
HIGHLAND, Ill. (AP) — Family and friends of an 18-year-old southwestern Illinois man who died after being found unconscious at a University of Missouri dorm are saying their final goodbyes.
Services for Gregory Holthaus were scheduled for Friday in his hometown of Highland.
Police at the University of Missouri in Columbia say Holthaus was visiting students at the Pershing group of residence halls when he was found unresponsive October 13th. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Police have said there was no indication of foul play, but the death is being investigated.
Holthaus graduated earlier this year from Highland High School, where he played varsity football and baseball. He was enrolled at a technical college.
Highland is about 30 miles northeast of St. Louis.
It may be a while before anyone knows what killed a Highland, Illinois teen found unresponsive in a friend's dorm room at the University of Missouri Sunday morning.
University Police say emergency crews arrived about 9:00 a.m. to find 18 year old Gregory Holthaus unconscious and not breathing. He was rushed to University Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police don't suspect foul play, but a cause of death has not yet been determined. The investigation is ongoing.
Friends and family held a memorial service for Holthaus at the Highland town square Sunday evening.
ROLLA, Mo. (AP) - Missouri University of Science and Technology is reporting record enrollment, including record numbers of female and minority students.
The Rolla campus of the University of Missouri system released the figures Wednesday from the first four weeks of the fall semester.
Registrar Deanne Jackson says total enrollment stands at a record 8,130 students, up 6.3 percent from September 2012.
Female enrollment is at an all-time high, with 1,839 women attending. And the number of minority students rose 9.6 percent from last year, to an all-time high of 881.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Two members of the University of Missouri' s governing board say they did not order football Coach Gary Pinkel to dismiss a star running back after the player's 2010 arrest on sexual assault charges.
Derrick Washington was Missouri's leading rusher as a sophomore and junior until he was kicked off the team before his senior year after the accusations by a Tiger tutor. He was convicted in in 2011 of deviate sexual assault and served four months in prison.
Washington's mother told the authors of "The System," a book released Tuesday, that Pinkel wanted to keep her son on the team but was overruled by Missouri's Board of Curators.
Board chairman Wayne Goode and another curator told The Associated Press they never met with Pinkel nor discussed Washington.
U.S. News and World Reports has published its annual ranking of the best colleges and universities in the country. Princeton is number one among universities and Williams ranks tops among colleges. The publication followed a new formula this year that put more emphasis on student graduation rates, a school's reputation among its peers, and faculty resources. Locally, Washington University was selected to the number-14 spot, the University of Illinois at number-41, Missouri at 97 and just out of the top-100 is Saint Louis University ranked at 101.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The University of Missouri is expecting fewer freshman this fall compared to last year.
A memo from Ann Korschgen, the university's vice provost for enrollment management, and Barbara Rupp, director of admissions, estimates freshman enrollment this fall at 6,165 based on current deposits. That's a drop of nearly 480 from last year.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that officials say the university has anticipated the drop in freshmen as the number of high school students in Missouri and the Midwest declines.
Deposits from out-of-state students also dropped by 61 this year, but that number is still up 423 from two years ago.