Chancellor Brady Deaton opened the fall semester’s General Faculty Meeting in Jesse Wrench auditorium Thursday with “Good News Highlights,” which managed to go on a little longer than might be expected considering the amount of doomsaying that accompanies anything related to higher ed in Missouri.
Deaton stressed this fall’s record first day enrollment and MU’s graduation rate (currently 68.9 percent), which led him to the conclusion that the quality of MU’s student body continues to improve. He also commended the faculty for their help in raising MU’s study abroad rate to 58 percent.
As expected, a large portion of Deaton’s presentation was dedicated to addressing the university’s budget. He pointed out that MU is Missouri’s flagship campus and the state’s premier research institution, yet state appropriations do not reflect that status. Deaton repeated his belief that changing the campus’ name from the University of Missouri- Columbia to simply the University of Missouri would garner more financial support from the state.