Cloud Of Anxiety Looms Over University
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Faculty and staff morale at the University of Missouri-Columbia is at a new low, and some are reported to be looking for new jobs. A St. Louis Post-Dispatch report cites falling faculty salaries and state funding, and a feeling that legislators have become hostile toward the university in recent years, especially in life sciences research. During the last session, $85 million for an MU research building was cut from a statewide college projects list because of concerns that it could house stem cell research. A plan to give $31 million to the university's Ellis Fischel Cancer Center also was thwarted, although Governor Blunt has said he will include it in his budget request next year. One study gives Missouri low marks in state appropriations for higher education.