Education

Education news and issues in the Ozarks.

Missouri State University

The Missouri State University Board of Governors has renewed the contract of President Clif Smart, adding an incentive clause that will pay him $50,000 annually as deferred compensation through the remaining seven years of his contract.

Smart presented his self-assessment to the board in an executive session at its June meeting. The board then completed an electronic survey that evaluated Smart in nine major categories.

Khadijah Forrest, KSMU

Officials will break ground Oct. 15 to begin renovations to Glass Hall on the Missouri State University campus. In June, the Board of Governors authorized the issuance of bonds to construct the planned addition, renovations and improvements to the building, which houses the College of Business.

Missouri State University

As part of its public affairs mission, Missouri State University is asking campus and community members to take part in its annual diversity landmarks initiative.  KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann has more.

Diversity landmarks are placards that offer written messages related to diversity and displayed across campus in the fall during Public Affairs Week and again in the spring during the conference.  Written on the plaques are quotes that are geared toward inspiring connection and engagement with and welcoming of people from all backgrounds.

  How do education and culture interact? It’s a question with many factors and answers depending on the environment being studied. Dr. Jamaine Abidogun, professor of history the new diversity fellow at Missouri State University, has looked at this issue for the past 25 years in African nations – specifically Nigeria. 

Scott Harvey / KSMU

Missouri State University President Clif Smart says the top priority in the recently passed budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year was giving the school’s employees a raise.

“We had a three year period where no one got an across-the-board raise. There was obviously inflation during those years. And so when you factor that in we haven’t caught up yet… we’ve been working over the last three years to try to catch up. And by that I mean trying to do compensation increases that were more than inflation.”

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