- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)47
- Neelys Landing man shot, killed by highway patrol trooper after traffic stop (05/01/16)42
- 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
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- 2016 All-Missourian Boys Basketball (04/29/16)
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
- Law firm requests information about Cape's traffic cameras (04/25/16)3
- Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill; voters may have a say (04/26/16)19
When Missourians, in the early 1970s, approved a constitutional amendment authorizing better coordination of higher-education programs and services, the hope was that state-funded colleges and universities would find efficiencies and cooperatively deliver needed courses and degrees to every part of the state.
Acceptance of direction from the Coordinating Board for Higher Education, created by the Missouri Legislature in 1974, has been mostly voluntary. The CBHE's efforts have, at times, seemed futile without any authority to enforce their decisions.
This year the legislature passed a law that takes effect Aug. 28 and gives the CBHE more say on tuition increases, financial aid to students and settling disputes.
The move to give the CBHE, whose current chairwoman is Kathy Swan of Cape Girardeau, a stronger role has been a long time coming. It can be hoped that the beneficiaries will be Missouri's students.