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Missouri State’s Interim President Clif Smart made the connection between the loss of about $1.2 million dollars due to the enrollment decline and needing that amount of money to fund a 1 percent across-the-board pay raise for faculty and staff. In light of that, he put out the call to the entire campus community to work on increasing enrollment.
“This is a call to action for all of us. We cannot complain about budget cuts, low salaries, and inadequate funding for our priorities on the one hand, and refuse to take responsibility for enrollment increases on the other.”
Smart also noted that Governor Jay Nixon has announced he wants higher education funding to be contingent on how well universities perform on certain measures such as how many students graduate.
Interim Provost Dr. Frank Einhellig spoke during the address, giving highlights from the academic side of the university. He noted that strong research activity by faculty can be one important way to attract and retain good students.