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Missouri Engineering School Retreat Focuses on Faculty Trust

Columns at University of Missouri
Adam Procter
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Senior administrators at the University of Missouri College of Engineering have gathered to discuss how to combat a perceived lack of transparency and collaboration within the administration.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that more than 24 administrators from the school and campus spent four days at a retreat last week.

Dean Elizabeth Loboa said that she previously met with faculty members individually and held group sessions for the college's staff.

Loboa said those meetings along with internal audits revealed that many faculty members believe the college's biggest challenge is linked to college culture and morale.

Sudarshan Loyalka, professor of nuclear engineering, said that it will be difficult to take the retreat seriously because no rank-and-file faculty members participated.

According to Loboa, the omission of regular faculty did not mean there was no faculty input.

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