University of Missouri

47-4: A Joint Resolution to Restore the Name of the University of Missouri-Columbia to the University of Missouri

PURPOSE: To present a thorough justification for restoring the University of Missouri-Columbia’s name as part of a comprehensive plan for preserving the high standards of the entire University of Missouri System.

 

WHEREAS, The University of Missouri was founded in 1839 in Columbia, Missouri, as the first public university west of the Mississippi River, and

 

WHEREAS, The University of Missouri was designated a public land-grant university in the Morrill Act of 1862, and

 

WHEREAS, The University of Missouri was renamed the University of Missouri-Columbia with the formation of the University of Missouri System in 1963, and

 

WHEREAS, The other campuses in the new system were designated University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of Missouri-Rolla, and University of Missouri-St. Louis, and

 

WHEREAS, In his State of the University Address on October 9, 2006, University of Missouri-Rolla Chancellor John Carney proposed changing the name of the Rolla campus, and

 

WHEREAS, On March 24, 2007, Chancellor Carney told the Jefferson City News Tribune, “We believe the new name will help to differentiate this university in a highly competitive university market and provide a national competitive advantage,” and

 

WHEREAS, On April 6 the University of Missouri Board of Curators voted unanimously to change the name of the University of Missouri-Rolla to Missouri University of Science & Technology effective January 1, 2008, and

 

WHEREAS, On May 7 The Missouri General Assembly passed Senate Bill 389, which amended Chapter 173 of the Missouri Statues (sections 173.1000 to 173.1006):

 

“…Beginning with the 2008-2009 academic year, each public institution must submit its percentage increase in the amount of tuition from the current year to the upcoming year charged to a full-time resident undergraduate to the Coordinating Board by July first preceding the upcoming academic year. For institutions whose tuition is greater than the average tuition, the percent change in tuition cannot exceed the percent change of the consumer price index over the past year or zero, whichever is greater. For institutions whose tuition is less than the average tuition, the dollar increase in tuition cannot exceed the product of zero or the percent change in the consumer price index, whichever is greater, times the average tuition…”, and

 

WHEREAS, These new statutes limit the University of Missouri-Columbia’s ability to adjust tuition in accordance with market demands more so than any other public university in the state, and

 

WHEREAS, These new limits will require the University of Missouri-Columbia to sacrifice such vital needs as faculty salary and building maintenance allocations to compensate for a projected Financial Year 2008 deficit of more than $7 million, and

 

WHEREAS, It is increasingly urgent for legislators to recognize the University of Missouri-Columbia’s contributions as Missouri’s flagship university and to abandon regionalism that considers higher education as a zero-sum game, and

 

WHEREAS, On June 4 the University of Missouri Alumni Association passed a resolution that “expresses its full support that the official name of our University be returned to its original title of the University of Missouri,” and

 

WHEREAS, On August 7 Chancellor Deaton told the Columbia Tribune, “At a time when regionalism has been so prevalent in the state of Missouri, it is important that the state realizes our university, our campus, is not a regional institution. To have any designation that tends to localize it or suggest that it’s not the statewide institution is, in a sense, demeaning to the most significant university in the state,” and

 

WHEREAS, On August 23 The University of Missouri-Columbia Faculty Council passed a resolution supporting the restoration of the University of Missouri name, stating, “The University of Missouri-Columbia, widely known throughout the state, the national and the world as the University of Missouri, competes nationally and globally for students, faculty, research funding and other resources essential to performing its historic statewide mission,” and

 

WHEREAS, On September 21 Chancellor Deaton reiterated the role of restoring the University of Missouri’s name in furthering the prosperity which this campus has achieved in partnership with the state and local community for more than 170 years.

 

THEREFORE, Be it resolved by the Missouri Students Association Senate, Residence Halls Association Congress, and Legion of Black Collegians Senate that the University of Missouri Board of Curators restore the University of Missouri-Columbia’s name to the University of Missouri, and

 

THEREFORE, Be it further resolved that all University of Missouri System schools follow the example set by the Board of Curators’ unanimous vote to rename the University of Missouri-Rolla in April by continuing to support each other’s efforts to strive for excellence.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Jonathan Mays

MSA Senate Speaker

 

Rachel Anderson

MSA President

 

Nicole Niewald

A&S STUCO President

 

Jordan Paul

DSS Director

 

Felecia Hollis

MGC President

 

Amanda D. King

DSC Director

 

Drew Weber

MSA Chief Justice

 

Jim Barry

IFC President

 

Porscha Kirkwood

LBC Vice President

 

Christopher Flannigan

Mizzou Spirit Coordinator

 

Greg Davis

RHA President

 

Anne Case Halferty

Alumni Association Student Board President