Engaging the Community

Every third Friday at 7:30 a.m.

This monthly program features Missouri State University President Clif Smart discussing the implications of national and international events on the University and local community. Join us as we look at current events and public affairs through a local lens. You can also email topic suggestions for this program.

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Missouri’s newly elected officials and the people they represent will learn a lot about each other as the state’s legislative session gets underway next year. For many entities, that relationship-building has been ongoing for some time.

Missouri State University President Clif Smart says his team has been in talks with those inside Governor elect Eric Greitens’ camp. According to Smart, partnerships with outgoing Gov. Jay Nixon were key in elevating the value of higher education in the state. He’s hoping to achieve the same support with a Greitens Administration.

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For many college students across the country, last Tuesday’s election was the first in which they could cast a ballot for U.S. president. But it’s likely not the first time they’ve influenced decisions on leadership and policy.

On campuses across the country, students help drive these outcomes in a variety of ways.

At Missouri State University, engagement in the democratic process is encouraged through its Public Affairs Mission, according to President Clif Smart.

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Nearly a year after renewing its accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, Missouri State University says it’s moving forward on various recommendations that came in the HLC’s final report.

The commission applauded the school for efforts relating to its public affairs mission, quality programs and a transparent budget, among other areas.

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Enrollment growth at colleges and universities can be attributed to an institution’s advancements across a variety of platforms. While this boost is generally welcome by school administrators, more students on campus may require changes to accommodate everyone.

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Higher education institutions are among the businesses facing big changes to their payroll structures on Dec. 1, the day new requirements to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) kick in.

Specifically, the new rule increases the minimum annual salary for exempt employees from $23,660 to $47,476.

“We have a lot of people that make more than $23,000 but less than $47,500 that are in that managerial responsibility and so we’ve gotta figure out how we’re gonna handle that,” said MSU President Clif Smart.

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