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MU President Talks Tuition


The rising cost of a college education has prompted MU President Elson Floyd to tour the state, seeking public comment on a new plan to guarantee tuition rates for incoming freshmen. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

During an appearance in Springfield today, University of Missouri President Elson Floyd described the relationship between M-U and S-M-S as entering quote-a new era.

Floyd and other M-U officials had opposed legislation authorize S-M-S to change its name to Missouri State University.

Floyd said he had his second ever one on one meeting with S-M-S President Michael Nietzel today. Nietzel took over as S-M-S president in July.

Floyd says he hopes to improve the relations between the two universities.

Beside meeting with S-M-S President Michael Nietzel in Springfield today, Floyd also spoke to about 25 people at a meeting of the Ozarks Press Association.

His stop in Springfield is part of a statewide tour to talk about tuition.

Floyd says he wants to hear from Missourians about tuition costs.

Given that scenario, Floyd is asking the public for input on the idea guaranteeing a tuition rate for incoming freshmen. He explains how the system would work.

Floyd says there's been good turnout at his public forums around the state.

He says he's hearing both positive and negative comments about the possibility of fixed tuition for incoming freshmen.

Floyd says no decision has been made to pursue such a plan but he says he's simply gathering public input on the idea of a fixed price tuition system.

He says he plans to present the public's attitude about fixed tuition to M-U's governing body, the Board of Curators.

Floyd plans to make stops to discuss tuition in Southeast Missouri, Osage Beach, Kansas City and St Louis.

He's already made stops in several communities, including West Plains, Joplin and Rolla.