higher education

Government
7:36 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Nixon Says He'll Propose More Money For Higher Education

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, says next year he's going to propose a higher education budget that's "substantially" larger that it's been in recent years.

Nixon made that promise Monday to a group of higher education officials meeting in Jefferson City, Mo., though he won't say yet how high his proposed budget hike will be. He also says his higher budget proposal could be rendered moot if this year's failed income tax cut legislation is revived next year.

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Education
8:08 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Kansas Lawmakers To Tour University Campuses

A group of Kansas lawmakers will begin visiting college and university campuses this week to talk budget issues. The visits come in the wake of nearly $50 million in budget cuts over two years passed by legislators.

Lawmakers have said they want to talk to university officials about efficiency and how they spend money. Gov. Sam Brownback, who opposed the funding cuts, says he wants lawmakers to learn more about the role of higher education in Kansas and the impact of the cuts.

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Government
9:18 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Kansas Regents Request $30 Million More

The Kansas Board of Regents has approved a budget request that asks for restoration of millions of dollars in cuts. Lawmakers cut more than $30 million from the higher education budget last legislative session.

The cuts to higher education were made to across-the-board spending, and funding for salaries.

Lawmakers passed a two-year budget last session, but members of the Board or Regents said they have a responsibility to advocate for increased investment in higher ed. The regents backed off a proposal that would have promised flat tuition if the cuts were reversed.

Central Standard
5:07 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Online Courses: Education Of The Future?

In earlier generations, getting an education meant going to class, sitting in a classroom or lecture hall listening to the professor, and participating in discussions. Now, something as simple as raising your hand in class, or asking your neighbor to borrow a pen could become obsolete. In the growing phenomena of online education, thousands of students are logging into class, and instead of going to a physical building, they participate from the comfort of their home or local coffee shop.

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Government
3:38 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Sen. Blunt, Roberts 'Disappointed' With President's Speech

President Obama's Warrensburg speech drew unified and quick disapproval from Republican officials. In one case, the critique came before the president spoke.

The White House was very open in advance about the fact that the president would be urging acceptance of his existing priorities, including investment in education, infrastructure and health care.

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt took advantage of the pre-release information to make a speech of his own on the Senate floor before Air Force One had touched down in his state.

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Government
9:11 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Kansas Budget Limits Governor’s Options to Reverse University Cuts

Lawmakers and Kansas Governor Sam Brownback disagreed on higher education funding this legislative session.

Legislators passed a budget with more than $60 million in cuts over two years for the state's universities. In Kansas, the governor has the power of line item veto, which can sometimes be used to block cuts, but it looks like Brownback can't block the higher ed cuts.

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Up to Date
10:27 am
Fri April 26, 2013

College Decisions Close To Home

Tom Medlock talks with Nick and Steve Kraske on Up to Date.
Beth Lipoff/KCUR

National Decision Day is edging closer for high school seniors who have yet to choose a college.

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Government
9:37 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Governor's Higher Education Tour Stops At KU

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback visited the University of Kansas campus yesterday, where he met with school officials and student leaders as part of a tour promoting higher education in the state.

Brownback called KU a "great innovation institution" and highlighted its role in the Kansas economy.

“We’ve really got some momentum moving forward in job creation off of our universities, providing excellence in education, which is a primary issue for us, and we want to keep that momentum growing,” said Brownback.

Government
9:15 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Brownback To Visit Kansas Universities

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback will start a tour of the state's universities this week to pitch his funding proposal to lawmakers.

Brownback is pushing for mostly level funding for colleges and universities with some targeted increases, but legislators are considering cuts. Brownback says higher education has a connection to economic growth in Kansas. 

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Government
9:24 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Cuts Could Mean Shuttering KU Med Campus In Salina

KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little speaking to the Board of Regents about the cuts Wednesday.
Credit Stephen Koranda / Kansas Public Radio

University officials have painted a dim picture of what could happen if lawmakers pass budget cuts for the state's colleges and universities. The comments came during a meeting Wednesday of the Board of Regents in Topeka. The cuts could mean shuttering some medical school programs at the University of Kansas.

The heads of the universities say funding cuts of this magnitude would have a real impact. They say it would mean reducing staff and taking other actions that affect students and the education level of the Kansas workforce.

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Government
4:04 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Proposed Higher Education Funding Formula Released Today

A joint House-Senate panel is recommending performance play a role in how much money Missouri’s colleges and universities get from the state each year. 

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Government
9:33 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Nixon Delivers State Of The State

Courtesy of governor.mo.gov

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon pitched a nearly $26 billion budget to the state of Missouri during Monday’s State of the State Address.  It includes spending increases for K-12 schools, higher education, and the proposed Medicaid expansion he’s been calling for since late November. 

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Up to Date
11:44 am
Wed January 16, 2013

JCCC President Terry Calaway Announces Retirement

Johnson County Community College president Terry Calaway
Credit JCCC

Johnson County Community College president Terry Calaway surprised more than a few people in October when he announced that he would step down come August.

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Government
4:56 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Missouri Legislators Consider Higher Ed Overhaul

A joint committee of Missouri House and Senate members is considering an overhaul of how the state’s colleges and universities are funded each year. 

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Central Standard
6:00 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Campus Censorship & The Decline Of Critical Thinking

College enrollment in the United States is at an all-time high.  But as these students seek a higher education, are universities inhibiting critical thinking and free speech?

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Central Standard
7:52 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Tomorrow's College: How Higher Education Is Changing

University of Phoenix, a public, for-profit institution

Even with the price of tuition reaching record highs, going to college might be more common than ever. However, less than 10 percent of students actually finish with their bachelor’s degree by age 24.

Why are so many students struggling, or dropping out? Just who is shaping the future of higher education?

During the first half of Thursday’s Central Standard, we learn how today's college is changing. Education reporter Emily Hanford stops by to talk about her radio documentary series Tomorrow’s College.

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Up To Date
8:00 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Applying Open-Source Thinking To Higher Education

Shai Reshef, President of the University of the People.
University of the People

What if the next great breakthrough in cancer treatment or developing alternative fuels resides in the mind of someone living today? 

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Education
6:43 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Nixon To Ease Higher Education Cuts

$40 million of the planned funding cuts for next year will be restored, though the higher education budget will still be reduced by about 8 percent.
UMKC.edu

The bad news eased a bit for Missouri higher education this afternoon. Governor Nixon's office released a statement saying $40 million of the recommended funding cuts for next year will be restored to his budget.

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Central Standard
8:00 am
Tue January 31, 2012

The Changing Nature Of The College Degree

The current job market is very competitive.  A single opening will see hundreds of applicants, a lot of them with four years of college on their résumés.  But, how important is that degree when compared to technical skills, or on the job training? Is a bachelor’s degree worth what it once was?

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Headlines
7:25 am
Mon January 23, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Monday, January 23, 2012

A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

  • Governor Nixon: Avoid Tuition Hikes Despite Budget Cuts
  • MODOT Looks To Private Sector Not Voters For I-70 Tolls
  • Health Group Pushes Farmers To Reduce Antibiotic Use

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