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Senator Jacob proposes addition of Southwest Missouri State to UM system

January 30, 2003
By: Megan Murphy
State Capital Bureau

UM would get a Springfield campus under a bill proposed by Democratic lawmaker Ken Jacob.

Megan Murphy has the story in Jefferson city.

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    Senator Ken Jacob has introduced a bill that would make Southwest Missouri State part of the UM Board of Curators.

    Jacob's bill follows a proposed name change for S-M-S.

    And, some worry changing Southwest's name could lead to a new university system that would compete against U-M for funding.

    Jacob says there isn't enough cash to support two systems:

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    Contents: "You have two systems, competing for limited resources, one would get the resources and the other wouldn't. Education is the one area where you don't want competition."

    Jim Baker, a senior S-M-S-U administrator says the university is not interested in Jacob's proposal.

    In Jefferson City, Megan Murphy, KMOX news.