University of Missouri receives diversity recommendations

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – A task forces says the University of Missouri system should emphasize diversity in its recruiting and hiring practices, while also finding ways to fund those practices to make them sustainable.

A 21-page report by the UM System Diversity, Equity and Inclusion task force issued Wednesday made specific recommendations to improve diversity for all four campuses and the system’s headquarters. The report was in response to a 164-page audit also issued Wednesday by the IBIS Consulting Group.

The Missouri Board of Curators commissioned the studies in November 2015, when former President Tim Wolfe resigned after student protests over racial problems on the Columbia campus.

Interim President Mike Middleton said in a news release the system has made significant progress on the initiatives and the audit was another important step.