Education leaders that include presidents and chancellors at Missouri's largest institutions are coming to the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg on Thursday to join President Chuck Ambrose for the production of the premier episode of “Inside Education.”

A press release from UCM, says this new program airs on the university’s public television station, KMOS-TV, at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 16. The show will air again at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 21.

UCM says “Inside Education” is a quarterly one-hour news and informational television program hosted by President Ambrose. In each edition a panel will examine current and emerging issues within higher education. In the first program, distinguished guests will participate in a round table discussion on issues that include 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.

This first program in the series is titled “The State of Higher Education,” and includes panelists such as, Kimberly Beatty, chancellor, Metropolitan Community College; Mun Choi, president, University of Missouri System; Zora Mulligan, Missouri Commissioner of Higher Education; Clif Smart, president, Missouri State University; and  Dwaun Warmack, president, Harris-Stowe State University.

“It’s a tremendous honor to be able to interact with this outstanding group of Missouri education leaders,” Ambrose said. “Higher education faces many challenges, but they are nothing compared to the opportunities our colleges and universities provide. This program will examine the state of Missouri’s higher education and what we must do to ensure institutions remain a strong value proposition for creating engaged citizen-leaders and talent for economic competitiveness that strengthens the state where we live.”

“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.”

KMOS-TV plans to record the program during a live discussion from the ballroom of the Elliott Student Union, beginning at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 11.

To learn more about this program, visit KMOS-TV’s “Inside Education” website.

Kurt Parsons