A study of Missouri’s 34 higher education institutions shows deteriorating facilities that can mean deteriorating opportunities. Sixty percent of those institutions have special missions—and special problems.
The campus by campus study cites space problems, crowded classrooms, outdated labs, and a backlog of maintenance and repairs. Twenty-one of Missouri’s 34 public institutions of higher education are two-year colleges which offer regular classroom education as well as a lot of technical educaiton used for job training and new career development.
But the leader of the inspection team, Zora Mulligan, says there are plenty of signs Missouri’s Community Colleges are falling behind in their abilities to provide a trained workforce.
She says all 34 of Missouri’s higher education institutions face major challenges in coping with the current economic environment.
The study has been given to the Coordinating Board for Higher Education which considers it a foundation for future public policy decisions and a way to determine future building and maintenance needs.
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