Clif Smart

Missouri State University

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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Missouri State University plans to modify some work being done on Glass Hall as a result of state funding restrictions.

Gov. Jay Nixon last week announced $57.2 million in cuts from the state budget after lawmakers overrode his vetoes of two bills. The tax breaks in these items were not accounted for, according to Nixon.

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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.

Clif Smart
Missouri State University

Missouri State University’s Board of Governors is commending President Clif Smart for his service this past fiscal year.

Smart presented a self-assessment to the board during its June meeting. The board then completed an electronic survey evaluating Smart in nine major categories, including strategic leadership, fundraising, and internal relations.

In a statement, Board Chair Peter Hofherr said, “He [Smart] faced many challenges on campus this year; however, his dedication and commitment prevailed, resulting in the continued upward trajectory of the university.”

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