Missouri public colleges and universities look for new ways to improve funding

2 years 6 months 3 weeks ago Sunday, December 17 2017 Dec 17, 2017 Sunday, December 17, 2017 11:00:00 PM CST December 17, 2017 in News
By: Hailey Jennings, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Missouri’s Coordinating Board for Higher Education is changing how it  measures the performance of colleges in order to set funding rates.

The new model focuses on college completion rates, affordability and graduate outcomes.

Director of Communications Liz Coleman said the main difference from last year's criteria focus on what happens with students after college.

“The plan focuses more on the graduation rates and adds measures that focus on affordability and graduate outcomes“ she said.

Coleman said the change is designed to make sure universities are helping their students succeed.

“The state requires the Department of Higher Education to review the performance funding model every three years to determine if the measures should be changed, to ensure that the state’s public colleges and universities are focused on helping students succeed in higher education and earn certificates and degrees,” Coleman said.

The new performance model is set up to answer the following questions provided on the Missouri Department of Higher Education website:

· Are students completing certificates and degrees?

· Are students mastering what they study?

· Are graduates getting jobs or continuing their education?

· Are college costs affordable?

· Are Missouri’s colleges and universities spending funds judiciously?

The Department of Higher Education collects data from the colleges each year. That data includes the number of students earning a degree; the number of students passing licensing or certification exams, such as nursing and engineering; and other measures.

The model contains specific measures for the state’s two-year colleges, four-year universities and the technical college.

Missouri will also focus on the need for graduates with degrees in STEM fields - science, technology, engineering, and math - and health care fields.

Coleman calls that "one way to encourage colleges and universities to help students succeed in STEM areas.”

Another goal is reducing the achievement gap for students who are underrepresented in higher education.

The Univeristy of Missouri's News Bureau Director, Christian Basi, said he feels confident MU will meet the criteria.

“Mizzou had been very successful in the past,” he said.

Basi said the Missouri Land grant will help.

“One of the recent announcements we made just this semester, at the beginning of the semester, was about providing more support for PELL-eligible students.," he said. "For students who are PELL eligible and from Missouri, they will now have their tuition covered.”

Basi said fixing the growing need for STEM majors is simple, because MU offers a unique teaching style, known as the Missouri Method - which gets students outside the classroom and into real-world settings.

“When you are in many of the sciences here, you are engaged in those sciences, not just in the classroom.”

The new model will be implemented for the Fiscal Year 2019 budget cycle, which begins July 1.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA- The defendant in the shooting that took place at a Columbia nightclub in February has been indicted on four... More >>
2 hours ago Monday, July 13 2020 Jul 13, 2020 Monday, July 13, 2020 8:24:00 AM CDT July 13, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- A Jefferson City man was killed Sunday after a fatal motorcycle crash that left one other man injured.... More >>
5 hours ago Monday, July 13 2020 Jul 13, 2020 Monday, July 13, 2020 5:30:00 AM CDT July 13, 2020 in News
BOONE COUNTY - Essential workers in Boone County are now eligible for free mental health services through HeartSpace Clinic ,... More >>
6 hours ago Monday, July 13 2020 Jul 13, 2020 Monday, July 13, 2020 4:00:00 AM CDT July 13, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Schools are asking parents how to spend extra funds from the possible elimination of the... More >>
15 hours ago Sunday, July 12 2020 Jul 12, 2020 Sunday, July 12, 2020 7:25:00 PM CDT July 12, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Family members returned to the charred remains of their home Sunday afternoon after a fire there the... More >>
15 hours ago Sunday, July 12 2020 Jul 12, 2020 Sunday, July 12, 2020 7:21:00 PM CDT July 12, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The first-degree murder trial for Joseph Elledge has been set for September 1 at 9 a.m., according to... More >>
17 hours ago Sunday, July 12 2020 Jul 12, 2020 Sunday, July 12, 2020 5:03:00 PM CDT July 12, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri Police Department arrested 22-year-old Rachel Foster Sunday morning for tampering at the campus' Thomas... More >>
19 hours ago Sunday, July 12 2020 Jul 12, 2020 Sunday, July 12, 2020 3:17:00 PM CDT July 12, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. You can... More >>
19 hours ago Sunday, July 12 2020 Jul 12, 2020 Sunday, July 12, 2020 2:58:00 PM CDT July 12, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA- Missouri State Parks began hosting an event called, Women in Nature, in 2019 after it said it noticed a... More >>
20 hours ago Sunday, July 12 2020 Jul 12, 2020 Sunday, July 12, 2020 2:35:00 PM CDT July 12, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A judge rejected Friday a motion that that would have immediately made it easier for Missourians... More >>
21 hours ago Sunday, July 12 2020 Jul 12, 2020 Sunday, July 12, 2020 1:14:00 PM CDT July 12, 2020 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Kansas City will no longer punish people for marijuana possession, effectively decriminalizing it throughout much of... More >>
22 hours ago Sunday, July 12 2020 Jul 12, 2020 Sunday, July 12, 2020 11:43:00 AM CDT July 12, 2020 in News
CREVE COEUR (AP) — Police investigating a weekend burglary in a St. Louis suburb found a dead woman at the... More >>
23 hours ago Sunday, July 12 2020 Jul 12, 2020 Sunday, July 12, 2020 11:04:00 AM CDT July 12, 2020 in News
(CNN) -- Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Sunday refused to say whether schools should follow guidelines from the US Centers... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, July 12 2020 Jul 12, 2020 Sunday, July 12, 2020 10:24:00 AM CDT July 12, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Eight people are displaced after a structure fire broke out in Jefferson City on Saturday, according to... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, July 12 2020 Jul 12, 2020 Sunday, July 12, 2020 9:51:00 AM CDT July 12, 2020 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is slowly coming to accept that the Republican National Convention won't be the four-night... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, July 12 2020 Jul 12, 2020 Sunday, July 12, 2020 9:28:00 AM CDT July 12, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - A group of Columbia solid waste customers are pushing for roll carts to replace the current system. ... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, July 11 2020 Jul 11, 2020 Saturday, July 11, 2020 7:07:00 PM CDT July 11, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. You can... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, July 11 2020 Jul 11, 2020 Saturday, July 11, 2020 10:24:00 AM CDT July 11, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Medical marijuana could be available in dispensaries this fall, now that two cultivation facilities passed inspection and... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, July 11 2020 Jul 11, 2020 Saturday, July 11, 2020 10:17:00 AM CDT July 11, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 80°
11am 84°
12pm 86°
1pm 87°
2pm 89°