By UCM News Bureau , May 15, 2020
WARRENSBURG, MO - While the University of Central Missouri recently concluded the
spring semester, much work is being done across campus to adjust as proactively as
possible in this new environment while prioritizing the safety and needs of our students
as we look toward the fall 2020 semester. Several new initiatives have been announced
by university leadership.
While our annual spring commencement ceremony was postponed due to the pandemic, UCM has an opportunity to celebrate students’ successes through graduation exercises that are being planned for Saturday, August 1. Three different ceremonies will take place that day. The commencement committee is working on this event, and more specific details will be announced as they are finalized.
Many colleges and universities are considering whether it is possible for one common
tool such as a standardized test to equitably measure a student’s potential. After
studying national data that suggests the high school GPA is a better predictor of
success, UCM is moving to a test optional admissions process, effective for fall 2020.
UCM already planned to implement this initiative for the fall 2021 enrollment cycle.
This is an opportunity to alleviate a lot of stress that incoming students face, particularly
amid challenging circumstances.
Students applying to UCM with a 3.5 GPA or higher may now be admitted without submitting an ACT or SAT test score. While this new criteria removes barriers for most students, a qualifying ACT or SAT test is still required for students interested in the following: Direct Entry Nursing Program; education majors (possible exemption from the MOGEA exam), Honors College, automatic merit scholarships, and NCAA athletics.
UCM received $3.4 million in funding for emergency student grants made possible through
the federal CARES Act. The purpose of this money is to award emergency grants to students
for specific expenses that are a direct result of the disruption of campus operations
due to the coronavirus.
Eligible students have the opportunity to receive automatic emergency grants based on the number of Spring semester hours in which they were enrolled in on March 13, 2020. No application is needed for these funds. Students who have a FAFSA on file with the Financial Aid office and meet the eligibility requirements will receive grants that range from $75 to $450 depending on the number of hours in which they were enrolled. These grants will provide assistance for food, housing, course materials, technology-related expenses, and transportation. Students also have the opportunity to apply for larger amounts of funding. Applications for these funds will be available May 18 and the application deadline is May 31.
With a strong focus on students, UCM housing is making the following changes for the fall 2020 semester:
The campus community is encouraged to monitor university communications as faculty and staff continue to work together to make UCM an outstanding choice for students.