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Higher Ed. Leaders Visit Lawmakers

January 29, 2003
By: Christopher Shields
State Capital Bureau

State higher education leaders told a house committee their priorities for Missouri's colleges and universities.

Christopher Shields reports from Jefferson City.

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Flanked by UM System President Elson Floyd, State Higher Education Commisioner Quentin Wilson told lawmakers participation in higher education in Missouri is at a regional low.

Wilson told the house education committee, current funding can't be cut.

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Contents: We're not asking for more money, we are hoping we can maintain the current level of funding, and that's going to take a lot of heavy lifting this year I know. But, we're hoping we can maintain the current resources and our goal will be to increase participation based on the existing resources.

Wilson says participation in state colleges and Universities is at 39 percent.

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Date:January 29, 2003

By: Christopher Shields

State Capital Bureau

The University of Missouri System's new President paid a visit to lawmakers in Jefferson City.

Christopher Shields has the story from the State Capitol.

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Dr. Elson Floyd was on hand for a presentation on higher education for the House education committee.Floyd, along with state higher education Commisioner Quentin Wilson, told

He said one remedy is strengthening the University System's research areas.

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Contents: With the help of the Governor and this General Assembly, we will be able to build additional research infrastructure that is badly needed if we are to keep pace with the competition in other states.

Floyd also told the committee he supports the governor's proposal to fund higher education with the sale of bonds against the tobacco settlement.

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Date:January 29, 2003

By: Christopher Shields

State Capital Bureau

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The UM System's new President met with lawmakers to discuss priorities for Higher Education in the state.

I'm Christopher Shields for Missouri Capitol Caucus.

Dr. Elson Floyd told the house education committee that Missouri's participation rate in higher education is the lowest in the region.

Floyd says great changes must be made to improve this.

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The States Higher education commisioner was also on hand for the meeting with lawmakers.

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