Education news and issues in the Ozarks.

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Missouri State University has appointed a new assistant vice president for Student Affairs who will in part assume responsibilities previously held by Juan Meraz.

The announcement of Dr. Michele Smith was made Thursday on the university’s website.

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Missouri State is better equipped to expand educational programs and research due to $25 million in grants received for Fiscal year 2016.

The amount is $2.3 million more than the previous record set in FY 2008

Dr. Erin Parrish, director of research administration, noted in a press release that the increase in international funding and educational programs is encouraging.

“Both of these point to the greater impact Missouri State is making globally,” Parrish notes.

International awards make up 11 percent of the University’s total grant funding.

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Missouri State University’s College of Business has received a second place ranking among the nation’s 350 online cybersecurity degree programs.

According to Online MBA Today, criteria considered were tuition, accreditation, starting salary, prestige, and overall graduation rates.

The estimated tuition for the MSU program is $9,405, by far the least expensive on the top 10 list.

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Late August is when many of the bills passed this session by the Missouri Legislature and signed into law by the governor go into effect. That could mean changes for state businesses and organizations.

For Missouri State University, more than half a dozen bills will require action on the school’s part to be in compliance with new law.


Ozarks Technical Community College is one of dozens of organizations having money withheld following a decision Wednesday by Gov. Jay Nixon.

The $1 million withhold for OTC’s Republic campus is part of over $115 million Nixon has restricted from new and expanding programs in order to balance the Fiscal Year 2017 budget.

“We’re disappointed that the money is being withheld but we are hopeful that the governor will release the funds when the state’s revenue improves,” said Mark Miller, OTC spokesman.