Education

Education news and issues in the Ozarks.

Austin Cassity / Drury Debate Program

The Debate Program at Drury University, while only a year old, recently won first place at the National Debate Tournament. We spoke with the team to learn more about the group and its success.

Drury Debater Lindsey Duede takes a firm position on foreign relations in a mock debate during a practice session with her teammates. While this program been around a short time, there’s a keen sense of comradery between the roughly 10 group members.

Charles DeBerry is a professor of communication and the director of the Drury Debate program.

Ryan Welch / KSMU

Drury University is seeking input on its campus master planning process, which launches next week with the help of design firm Cooper Robertson.

The architecture and urban design company was recently selected by the Springfield school to lead what it calls a strategic, momentum-building planning process.

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Tuition for some students at Ozarks Technical Community College next school year will go up. The OTC Board of Trustees unanimously approved the tuition increases Monday.

The cost for general education courses will go up $10 a credit hour while technical courses will see a $2 per credit hour increase.

OTC Chancellor Dr. Hal Higdon said the school has already had its state funding cut by $1.2 million.  He says the tuition increases were necessary to make up for an expected $1.4 million cut in state funding in the next school year.

What do you love about Springfield and Greene County? What are some things you’d like to see changed?

A group of Missouri State University communication students is seeking for online feedback from community members as it gathers data for the 2017 Springfield-Greene County Community Focus Report. Published every two years, this report identifies our community’s strengths and weaknesses. 

Ryan Welch / KSMU

Missouri State University President Clif Smart says $1.24 million in cuts to academic departments remain to balance out next year’s budget. Scenarios on how to do that, including reducing enrollment incentives for online course instructors, were discussed Monday during a town-hall style forum that drew some 350 spectators.

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