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.
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.
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.
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.