MCC chancellor joins higher education leaders for televised conversation

Taking part in the program were Dr. Mun Choi (from left), Dr. Clif Smart, Dr. Kimberly Beatty, Dr. Dwaun Warmack and Dr. Chuck Ambrose

Metropolitan Community College Chancellor Dr. Kimberly Beatty joined other statewide higher education leaders Monday, Feb. 19, to talk about the critical topics facing colleges. Their conversation will air several times on the University of Central Missouri’s public TV station, KMOS-TV.

The panel discussion before an audience of about 50 people was hosted by UCM President Dr. Chuck Ambrose at the campus in Warrensburg. Also on the panel  were Dr. Mun Choi, president, University of Missouri System; Dr. Clif Smart, president, Missouri State University; and Dr. Dwaun Warmack, president, Harris-Stowe State University.

The panel discussion is the first episode of “Inside Education,” a new KMOS series. The episode taped Feb. 19, titled “The State of Higher Education,” included discussion on higher education’s value proposition for Missourians, access and affordability, the impact of federal tax legislation on public colleges and universities, and what the future holds for these institutions.

“Some people come with all the resources they need to be successful,” said Dr. Beatty as she addressed the equity and equality platforms under scrutiny in higher education. But for those students who don’t, she said, colleges have to provide the access and assistance they need to complete their studies.

“What higher education is doing is eliminating generational poverty.”

Beatty says, “If we want to have the economic impact that in this state our governor wants us to achieve, our president speaks about what they want to achieve, that if we are going to have that economic impact, then you cannot accomplish that without some higher education.”

“Inside Education” premieres at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, on KMOS. This week’s episode will air again at 9 a.m. Feb. 25 and at 8 p.m. Feb. 26. For those who are not in the KMOS-TV viewing area, the program will stream live on

“It’s a tremendous honor to be able to interact with this outstanding group of Missouri education leaders,” Ambrose said at the taping. “Higher education faces many challenges, but they are nothing compared to the opportunities our colleges and universities provide.”

“It’s exciting to be able to collaborate with President Ambrose for the first program in our ‘Inside Education’ series,” said Josh Tomlinson, director of broadcasting services at UCM. “Public broadcasting is part of Missouri’s educational fabric, and we look forward to sharing this informative program with our 800,000 viewers in 38 counties.”

To learn more about the program, visit  KMOS-TV’s “Inside Education” website. The video will be available there after the program is broadcast on TV.

Some clips from the program:

Rapid Fire Questions

Dr. Kimberly Beatty

Dr. Mun Choi

Dr. Dwaun Warmack

Dr. Clif Smart