The Board of Governors at Missouri Western State University accepted an unmodified, or “clean,” opinion of the university’s financial statements from auditors BKD. There were no findings of material weaknesses or significant deficiencies in the audit.

“This is a team effort,” said Dr. Cale Fessler, vice president for financial planning and administration. “It takes a lot of hard work obviously from accounting services, but from many other units across campus, particularly financial aid.” Part of the audit evaluates compliance with major federal award program regulations.

The audit noted no unusual accounting policies or methods, no disagreements with management and no difficulties encountered during the audit.

Also Thursday, the Board approved a bid of $341,445 to license the Canvas learning management system from Instructure for five years. Canvas is an online course management system used to provide students with access to grades, course content, communication and assessment tools. It replaces the university’s current course management software.

Missouri Western State University is a comprehensive regional university providing a blend of traditional liberal arts and professional degree programs. The university offers student-centered, high quality instruction that focuses on experience-based learning, community service, and state-of-the-art technology. Missouri Western is located in St. Joseph, Mo., and is committed to the educational, economic, cultural and social development of the region it serves. Visit