Possible Name Change for UMR
"Well I didn't feel like it was a good idea to begin with, but that's just me, liking the old way just tends to work out well," said Andrew Modlin, UMR student. "The companies that need to know about it, know about it. I knew about it when I was going to high school."
The chancellor says renaming the school to the Missouri University of Science and Technology or MST, will help differentiate UMR from the other UM system schools. He says it will not, however, affect the school's relationship with the UM system.
"We know we are a valuable member of the university of Missouri system, and we are not going to be leaving it. This would just give us a distinctive presence," John F. Carney III, UMR Chancellor.
Not only would UMR have to change its main sign, but it would have to change its signs across campus, as well as any sign with UMR seal on it. For example, signs would have to be changed on all of the buildings to incorporate the new name.
The chancellor foresees other costs being put into changing athletic uniforms as well as stationary. He estimates the cost would be around $100,000.
Although survey results conducted by the school show more than two-thirds of its alumni support the change, less than 50 percent of surveyed students want the new name. Here is some more survey information:
From the survey respondents, UMR found that a majority of alumni, faculty and staff think UMR should consider a name change. On the other hand, survey responses from students and younger alumni signify that the current name is preferred. Also,over all surveys responses, there was no evident agreement on which of the proposed names would best fit UMR.
After announcing a possible name change on Oct. 9, 2006, UMR surveyed their alumni, current students (undergraduate and graduate), faculty, and staff. From the survey, they found:
(statistics from UMR Survey Results)
A majority of alumni, faculty, staff and graduate students believe a name other than UMR would best describe the university.
70.1 percent of alumni responding to the survey in the Winter 2006 issue of the alumni magazine, UMR Magazine.
57 percent of graduate students.
65 percent of faculty.
62 percent of staff .
A slight majority (51.8 percent) of all students believe the current name best describes the university. When segmented by undergraduate and graduate students, the results are:
54 percent of undergraduate students believe the current name best describes the university.
43 percent of graduate students believe the current name best describes the university
In all of the surveys, of those who said a name other than UMR would best describe the university, there is no consensus on what the best name should be.
UMR recently hired the marketing firm SimpsonScarborough to continue the research by surveying prospective students, recruiters, high school guidance counselors, and community leaders.This research should be completed by the end of this month.
For the full survey results, more information, and discussions on the UMR name change topic, click on the links on the right.