Plans for dental school at Missouri Southern postponed

     JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) – Budget cuts announced by Gov. Eric Greitens will suspend

plans for a dental school at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin.

     Missouri Southern planned to open the dental school in partnership with the

University of Missouri-Kansas City.

     On Monday, Greitens withheld $146 million from this fiscal year’s state

budget, including more than $76 million for higher education.

     The Joplin Globe reports the cuts included a total of $1.2 million from the

$3 million allotted to both universities for the dental school.

     Missouri Southern president Alan Marble says the schools will try to persuade

lawmakers to include the dental school funding in their core funding, rather

than as a line item to be appropriated yearly.

     The dental school was scheduled to start accepting students in the fall of



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