Education news and issues in the Ozarks.

Theresa Bettmann / KSMU

Drury University in Springfield has confirmed it will not renew the contracts for five faculty members next school year and another seven the following year. In addition, three tenure-track faculty members will be reassigned to other university roles.

It says the dozen cuts are a result in overall enrollment decline in Drury’s traditional undergraduate day school. University Spokesman Mike Brothers says there were 1,454 students in fall 2014 compared to 1,315 this fall. 

According to a statement, the affected faculty members were notified of the change on Sept. 25.

Scott Harvey / KSMU

More space, greater access to cutting-edge technology and simulation labs were among the features touted during Tuesday’s dedication of the O’Reilly Clinical Health Sciences Center.

The recently completed structure on the Missouri State University campus houses the school’s new Master of Occupational Therapy program, as well as its nursing, nurse anesthesiology, and physician assistant programs.

President Clif Smart cited strong demand in the university’s push for the new OT program, which enrolled 24 students this year.

New Report Looks at Crime on MSU Campus

Oct 2, 2015

A report just released by Missouri State University’s Department of Safety and Transportation looks at crime on and around campus.  The report, for 2014, compares crime in 2012 and 2013 with that year’s offenses.

Sexual assault is also looked at in the new report, a crime that has gotten a lot of attention on college campuses across the United States. Now required to be accounted in separate descriptive categories, ‘sexual offenses,’ dropped from six attacks in 2013 to five in 2014.

Barred windows, crumbling buildings, no safe green space for children to play– this is the gritty picture Dr. Mike Stout paints of a rough neighborhood in North Philadelphia in the 1990s. Vividly, Stout, associate professor of sociology at Missouri State University and director of the Center for Community Engagement, remembers walking past this area as an undergraduate student. From this he learned that some of our opportunities are afforded to us due to where we were born and who we call family.

Rhodes University

The lecture, “Character and Constitution in Thomas Jefferson’s Thought,” will be presented today (9/29) at Missouri State University.  Dr. Stephen Wirls, political science professor at Rhodes College in Memphis, will present the Constitution Day lecture.

The talk will be about Jefferson’s alternative understanding of the foundation of politics in the U.S., according to Wirls.  He said Jefferson wasn’t opposed to a constitution, but he had very different ideas about the importance of a constitution.