The University of Missouri System has a new friend within the state legislature. A whole cohort of legislators, actually.
More than 100 lawmakers gathered to form the University of Missouri Caucus Thursday. The caucus includes legislators who have attended one of the four campuses or have supported the campuses in the past.
Rep. Greg Razer, D-Kansas City, and Sen. Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, spearhead the effort. UM System President Mun Choi said the caucus wouldn’t have been possible a few years ago, especially during protests on the system’s Columbia campus during fall 2015.
Since then, higher education funding in the state of Missouri has relatively declined and contributed to the layoffs of hundreds of employees in the UM System.
The caucus is meant to help elevate funding for the campuses and learn about the research, technology and major events put on by the four universities.
Read more: Columbia Missourian.