- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)48
- Neelys Landing man shot, killed by highway patrol trooper after traffic stop (05/01/16)43
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)8
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)40
- 2016 All-Missourian Boys Basketball (04/29/16)
- Statement: Man says copsí good work drove him to grow his own marijuana (05/01/16)1
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
- River Ridge Winery changes hands (05/02/16)
Some teeth for CBHE
It is regrettable that Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau and Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff, Mo., have not been able to resolve their differences over the operation of off-campus education centers. These centers have provided affordable and convenient access to hundreds of Southeast Missouri residents who otherwise might not have pursued a college education.
And it is regrettable that both institutions are spending thousands of dollars on legal fees resulting from a lawsuit filed by Three Rivers against Southeast regarding actions taken after their partnership broke down.
A bill has been prefiled by state Sen. Gary Nodler of Joplin, Mo., chairman of the Senate Education Committee, that would authorize the Coordinating Board for Higher Education to fine institutions that violate its policies. The bill also would require institutions to submit to binding arbitration in matters like the one that has divided Three Rivers and Southeast.
The coordinating board's lack of muscle has long been a point of contention. This dispute between two fine institutions of higher education that have served Southeast Missouri so well for so long is a good example of how the coordinating board's role could be enhanced by Nodler's proposed bill. It should get serious consideration when the legislature convenes next month.