Senator Kurt Schaefer Introduces Resolution to Create the University of Missouri System Review Commission

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JEFFERSON CITY — State Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, today filed Senate Concurrent Resolution 66, which creates the “University of Missouri System Review Commission.” The new Commission’s task is to review the University of Missouri System’s collected rules and regulations, administrative structure, campus structure, auxiliary enterprise structure, degree programs, research activities and diversity programs to detail recommendations or changes needed with the System.

“My goal in filing this resolution is to provide an objective evaluation of the University’s structure, accountability, and transparency,” Schaefer said. “This step is necessary to ensure the long-term survival and growth of this capable institution, and to earn back the trust and respect that has been lost through a series of recent poor decisions.”

The task force will consist of four members appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and four members appointed by the Speaker of the House, who should possess strong experience and expertise in governance, management and understanding of school leadership and instruction.

In addition to conducting reviews of the UM System, the Commission will also prepare a report for the General Assembly leadership to be submitted before Dec. 31, 2016. The report will detail recommended changes to be made within the University System.  MU’s adoption, or failure to adopt, the Commission’s recommendations will be considered by the General Assembly in next year’s appropriation process.

The Commission’s expenses and its members and staff reimbursements will be paid through the Department of Higher Education.