Education news and issues in the Ozarks.

Professor Katie Gilbert-Courtesy of Drury University

This week on Making Democracy Work, host Leslie Carrier speaks with Katie Gilbert, associate professor of English literature at Drury University and field representative of the Missouri Humanities Council.

Missouri State University

In this month’s episode of Engaging the Community, our monthly program with Missouri State University President Clif Smart, we talk about the MSU Care clinic, a health care facility for uninsured low income adult patients.


“This is one of the projects, or achievements, that I am really most proud of since I’ve been in this position,” Smart said.


The clinic, which opened in 2015, is a partnership with Mercy to serve the working poor.


Graphic novels. They're just a fancy name for long-form comics. But when you think about one, you may picture the bulging muscles of Marvel's superheroes. But my guests say not to judge comics by this preconceived imagery.

Cole Closser and Jennifer Murvin teach a course at Missouri State University on creating comics and are paving the road to an interdisciplinary program that is largely unheard of at the undergraduate level. Murvin and Closser share about what keeps them intrigued in this medium.


A new Ozarks Technical Community College education center in Republic is set to open in August 2020, and construction is now underway.  Ground has been broken for the 30,000-square-foot facility being built on 7.69-acres on the city’s west side.  The land was donated to OTC by the Bussey, Cox and Lipscomb families.

The project is possible due to the approval of tax levies last April, according to OTC Chancellor Hal Higdon.

Claire Kidwell

Voters will decide a bond issue for Springfield Public Schools on April 2.  If Proposition S passes, one of the projects will be to move Boyd Elementary to a new site.  The school district says it has secured an additional 1.68 acres in the Midtown neighborhood to locate the school.