Updated April 23, 2013 at 4:50 PM CST: Missouri Southern State University says the school will no longer change it's international mission, as previously requested by the school's president.
According to State Senator David Pierce, MSSU's president requested the senator add an amendment to a larger bill removing the designation of Missouri Southern as a statewide institution of international or global education.
Senator Pierce agreed and the bill passed in the Senate. The bill was heading to the House before outrage from some current students and staff caused the school to request the amendment be removed.
The president said last week that the current statutory language of the mission misrepresents the university's broader mission, but that there were no plans to cut international programs.
Now the school says after receiving feedback from a number of stakeholders, MSSU administrators felt they needed to allow time to further discuss the matter. They say the school appreciates the university's commitment to international programming and opportunities for students.
"The reaction on campus was a little stronger perhaps than was expected and I think this is the right thing to do," says Pat Lipira, the Vice President of MSSU Academic Affairs. "I think that made us step back and say, you know, maybe we need more discussion on this, and so that's what's happening and I think it can only come out good."
MSSU says they do not have any forums set up for the discussions at this time but they expect to release that information in the near future.
Updated April 23, 2013 at 12:41 PM CST: Criticism rises over an effort by Missouri Southern State University to remove mention of its international mission from state law.
Missouri lawmakers amended an education bill in the state senate to remove the designation of MSSU as a statewide institute of international or global education.
State Senator David Pierce of Warrensburg says he introduced the amendments at the request of MSSU President Bruce Speck and other university leaders.
Speck says the current statutory language misrepresents the school's broader mission.
The president says he has no plans to cut international programs.
The bill now moves to the house for consideration.