UM System schools join national push for more diverse recruits, graduates

Three of the four universities in the University of Missouri System are participating in a new national effort to improve education access and graduation rates for underrepresented minorities and low-income students.

The University of Missouri-Columbia, the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the Missouri University of Science and Technology are among 130 institutions participating in the effort, which seeks to increase the number of degrees the schools award by 2025.

The schools plan to address issues including difficulties applying to college, the cost of education, availability of scholarships and prevalence of financial or social issues causing students to leave college.

Missouri S&T Vice Provost Jeff Cawlfield said the effort aims, in part, to prepare enough workers to fill Missouri’s future jobs that will require a college education.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio

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