Ratings Agency Downgrades Credit of 6 Illinois UniversitiesS&P downgraded City Colleges four notches. The colleges' credit hours dropped 22 percent from 2010-16.
International Enrollment Down at University of MissouriA spokesperson for the school system said international students are reluctant to apply because of executive orders from President Donald Trump limiting entry from some Muslim-majority countries and possible changes in visa programs.
Dispute Settled Over Degree Offerings From Missouri SchoolsThe report says research and professional degrees are exclusively the role of the four University of Missouri schools and that 12 community colleges should stick to granting associate degrees and certificates.
Issue of Guns on Missouri Campuses May Come Up AgainMissouri colleges may have to prepare for measures pushing for the concealed carry of guns on campus when the state Legislature convenes in 2017, despite opposition.
Rauner Vetoes $3.9B in Spending for Colleges, Human ServicesThe Republican said the bill would spend more than $3 billion of money the state doesn't have.
Suicide Prevention Measure Advancing in Missouri LegislatureThe proposal calls on K-12 school districts to adopt suicide awareness training and policies by July 2018.
Illinois Senate Approves $454 Million More for CollegesLawmakers approved the bill on a near unanimous vote and sent the measure to the House, which can take it up as soon as Tuesday when state representatives return to Springfield.
Missouri House Passes Bill to Allow Guns at College CampusesThe deadline to pass legislation is May 13.
Missouri Senate Passes $27 Billion Spending PlanSenators voted Thursday to approve a $27 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.
Missouri Senate Panel Boosts Higher Education FundingA House version passed earlier this month would provide about a $9 million increase.
Illinois Senate OKs $3.8B Spending Bill Amid Budget ImpasseIllinois Senate Democrats passed a $3.8 billion funding bill for colleges and social services Thursday amid Republican objections that the state doesn't have the money to fulfill the proposal's promises.
Missouri Lawmakers Consider Concealed Weapons in CollegesA Senate committee heard testimony Wednesday on two bills that would expand gun access on campuses.

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