Education news and issues in the Ozarks.

Vic Jagwani
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Official enrollment numbers at Drury University shows its student population has grown by 4.1 percent over last year.

Drury credits the increase to its largest incoming freshmen class in five years combined with a solid retention rate.

In a news release, the school says its traditional undergraduate population for the 2016-17 academic year is 1,372, a jump of 54 students over last year. Drury’s incoming freshman class is 38 percent larger than last year.

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Missouri State University’s fall enrollment is the highest ever.  According to MSU, 26,000 students are enrolled.  The previous record was 24,735 students in the fall of 2015.

The Springfield campus set a new record with a total of 24,116 students enrolled—that’s up 5.6 percent from last fall.  Enrollment on the Springfield campus has grown by 15.9 percent since 2011.  In West Plains, enrollment is slightly down from last fall.

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Missouri State University plans to modify some work being done on Glass Hall as a result of state funding restrictions.

Gov. Jay Nixon last week announced $57.2 million in cuts from the state budget after lawmakers overrode his vetoes of two bills. The tax breaks in these items were not accounted for, according to Nixon.

Under rocks and logs, in burrows and underwater, Dr. Alicia Mathis finds fascinating creatures to study. Mathis, head of the biology department at Missouri State University, focuses her research on the behaviors of tiny amphibians and fish. 

One of the most common things these animals need to communicate about is predation risk. It’s been understood for awhile that alarm cues are received and understood by animals of the same species and of different species – imagine a minnow and a stickleback – but her lab has uncovered some surprising results.


Scott Harvey / KSMU

Enrollment growth at colleges and universities can be attributed to an institution’s advancements across a variety of platforms. While this boost is generally welcome by school administrators, more students on campus may require changes to accommodate everyone.