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ENDelt260
12-10-2004, 12:04 PM
Since I first read about the plan for NWMSU to joing the Univ of Missouri on this board, I thought there might be some posters who would be interested to know that the plan has apparently been called off.

Schools drop plans to merge NW Missouri, Missouri system

Associated Press

COLUMBIA, Mo. - A proposed merger of Northwest Missouri State University into the University of Missouri system is off after the idea failed to gain much support in the state Legislature, school officials said Friday.

Dean Hubbard, president of Northwest Missouri, said in a statement that he and Elson Floyd, president of the Missouri system, don't plan to pursue the idea in Jefferson City when the Legislature convenes next month.

"The two of us met and renewed our commitment to cooperate along a whole range of fronts," said Hubbard, who spoke with Floyd on Thursday in Kansas City. "We are no longer pursuing a merger, and we've decided to focus our attention this year on funding for our institutions."

University of Missouri system spokesman Joe Moore said that last year, the school presented an ambitious series of requests to the legislature, including the merger. This year, he said, Floyd decided the university needed to focus its efforts at the Statehouse on funding and the budget.

"We do feel it was an excellent idea for our university and the state of Missouri," Moore said of the merger. "But sometimes doing the right thing isn't always politically possible, especially during very full legislative sessions."

The merger would have been the first major campus addition to the University of Missouri system since 1963, when it merged with the University of Kansas City and created a St. Louis campus. Founded in Columbia as a land-grant institution in 1839, the university also has a campus in Rolla.

Moore made no predictions about whether the issue would reappear in the future.

"Dr. Floyd has certainly ruled out next year, and there are no decisions about pursuing it in the future," he said.

The university system has slightly more than 60,000 students. Northwest Missouri has about 6,500 students, with off-campus sites in St. Joseph, North Kansas City, Chillicothe, Trenton and Kirksville.

ON THE NET

University of Missouri system: http://www.umsystem.edu

Northwest Missouri State University: http://www.nwmissouri.edu

Source (http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/10386474.htm)

Saulbadguy
12-10-2004, 12:05 PM
They might field a decent football team if this happens.

Cochise
12-10-2004, 12:11 PM
From what I've heard it wasn't very popular with the student population at Northwest, since the consensus was that it would make tuition go through the roof.

ENDelt260
12-10-2004, 12:16 PM
I need to go look up what year Rolla joined the UM System. I know it was in the sixties...

Not that it's terribly relevant to the article or anything. But, since they mentioned it, I've gotta see.

ENDelt260
12-10-2004, 12:19 PM
Well no wonder the article just glossed over Rolla. The f*cking UM System website doesn't even mention us.

1963 - The University becomes a four-campus system, acquiring the University of Kansas City (UM-Kansas City) and creating a campus in St. Louis (UM-St. Louis.)

http://www.umsystem.edu/ums/about/history/

ChiefsCountry
12-10-2004, 12:27 PM
Well no wonder the article just glossed over Rolla. The f*cking UM System website doesn't even mention us.



http://www.umsystem.edu/ums/about/history/

That is when they say become a four school system, Rolla has been a MU school longer than that. I know alot of the major decisions were made in Rolla and not Columbia in that time.

ChiefsCountry
12-10-2004, 12:27 PM
This just makes it easier for SMS to get its name change to Missouri State University. PBJ

ENDelt260
12-10-2004, 12:30 PM
I guess it all happened at the same time.

In 1964, MSM became known as the University of Missouri - Rolla, and now awards undergraduate and graduate degrees in 35 fields of engineering, science, humanities, and social sciences.

http://www.umr.edu/index.php?id=272

It is odd that the UM System website makes specific mention of the StL and KC campuses, and completely leaves out Rolla.

ENDelt260
12-10-2004, 12:31 PM
That is when they say become a four school system, Rolla has been a MU school longer than that. I know alot of the major decisions were made in Rolla and not Columbia in that time.
Major decisions? What're you talking about?

ENDelt260
12-10-2004, 12:32 PM
This just makes it easier for SMS to get its name change to Missouri State University. PBJ
:spock: Care to lead me down that line of reasoning?

ENDelt260
12-10-2004, 12:33 PM
That is when they say become a four school system, Rolla has been a MU school longer than that.

You'll find no mention of the Missouri School of Mines joining the UM System on that timeline I linked to.

Saulbadguy
12-10-2004, 12:35 PM
Missouri School of Mines? heh

ENDelt260
12-10-2004, 12:37 PM
Missouri School of Mines? heh
What's funny about that?

ChiefsCountry
12-10-2004, 12:46 PM
:spock: Care to lead me down that line of reasoning?

Its showing that MU is losing some of its power hold in the state.

beavis
12-10-2004, 01:18 PM
This is great news. :)