Clif Smart

Missouri State University
Missouri State University

Missouri State University President Clif Smart says the school is poised to receive $2.1 million more in state appropriations than originally anticipated.

This comes after the general assembly passed a final budget bill that included a 6.58 percent cut in core funding for MSU, rather than the 9 percent cut proposed by Gov. Eric Greitens. Should the governor sign the bill, it will be welcome news to colleges and universities that had to slash budgets to balance out the projected cuts.

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Missouri State University has identified how it will fill the remaining $4 million gap in its Fiscal Year 2018 budget.

The figure includes $2.8 million from non-academic and provost’s areas, and $1.2 million from the academic colleges.

The recommendations, which come from the Executive Budget Committee, including cutting eight occupied staff positions, and eliminating another 27 vacant faculty and staff positions.

Scott Harvey / KSMU

Missouri State University’s Bias Response Team has handled 20 cases of perceived prejudice so far this year.

The unit is comprised of nine officials, including students, faculty and staff; and is headed by MSU Dean of Students Dr. Thomas Lane.

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Students attending Missouri State University on both the Springfield and West Plains’ campuses will pay more in tuition beginning this fall.

The MSU Board of Governors formally approved the changes on Wednesday. It comes as the Missouri legislature is expected to approve a 9 percent reduction in appropriations for the state’s colleges and universities, as recommended by the governor, due to a state revenue shortfall.

Ryan Welch / KSMU

Missouri State University President Clif Smart says $1.24 million in cuts to academic departments remain to balance out next year’s budget. Scenarios on how to do that, including reducing enrollment incentives for online course instructors, were discussed Monday during a town-hall style forum that drew some 350 spectators.

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