Missouri State University

Engaging the Community
7:38 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Putting MSU Students in a Better Position to Identify as Bears

Credit Scott Harvey / KSMU

Students tend to stay in college if they can identify with the school. That’s one of the guiding principles in improving retention of first-time, full-time students at Missouri State University, according to President Clif Smart.

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Eye on Washington
6:25 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

MSU Welcomes Professor to Speak on Combating ISIS, Aiding Kurds

Dr. Michael Gunter
Credit Tennessee Technological University

A visiting professor to Springfield says a key to fighting back the Islamic State militant group will come by supplying aid to the Kurds. The ethnic group that inhabits adjacent parts of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey has been battling ISIS for months.

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Education Connection
6:36 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Better Retention Rates, Facility Upgrades will “Raise MSU’s Profile”

MSU President Clif Smart delivers the 2014 State of the University address.
Credit Scott Harvey / KSMU

Missouri State University aims to boost retention rates of first-time, full-time students moving forward. The goal was among several announced Monday by President Clif Smart during his annual State of the University address, under the theme “Raising the Profile of the University.”

Since 2009, student retention rates have hovered around 75 percent. The school is hoping to increase that figure to at least 80 percent, the rate of MSU’s three main public competitors, according to Smart.

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Missouri State Journal
11:31 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Training the next Olympians

In the health and athletics world, the word train means to practice in order to improve. But in the world of Special Olympics athletes, it means so much more, thanks to a group of students and faculty from Missouri State University. This interdisciplinary group from kinesiology, special education, dietetics, graphic design and computer science developed TRAIN, Testing Recreation Activities and Improving Nutrition, in 2009 and 2010.

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Education Connection
6:11 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Ozarks’ Higher Education Officials on Fall Enrollment Figures

A 9 percent decrease in enrollment at Drury University this fall is attributed largely to fewer Missouri high school graduates.
Credit KSMU Archive

Official 20th day enrollment figures are out for Missouri colleges and universities.  And it’s a mixed bag for local schools compared to fall of 2013.

Last week, we told you that Missouri State University brought in a record number of students this fall.

And Ozarks Technical Community College is reporting its fourth largest enrollment of all time.  But with 14,396 students this fall, that's still a 2.7 percent drop compared to last year. 

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