Nixon repeats call to streamline higher ed

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri governor Jay Nixon told higher education leaders Tuesday that he is committed to reducing state education expenses with increased collaboration and possibly eliminating redundant programs.

Nixon told a Columbia conference Tuesday that Missouri’s public colleges and universities need to tighten their belts. He says the schools should look for more opportunities to work together while embracing advances in technology.

State officials have instructed the University of Missouri and other public schools to review degree programs that have few graduates for possible elimination or consolidation.

The state Department of Higher Education defines such programs as those awarding an average of fewer than 10 bachelor’s degrees a year.

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