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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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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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Late August is when many of the bills passed this session by the Missouri Legislature and signed into law by the governor go into effect. That could mean changes for state businesses and organizations.

For Missouri State University, more than half a dozen bills will require action on the school’s part to be in compliance with new law.

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U.S. Senator Roy Blunt is meeting with college administrators to talk about his efforts to restore year-round Pell Grants.  Today he stopped in Springfield at OTC to talk with the community college’s chancellor, Hal Higdon, Missouri State University's president, Clif Smart, and other local college administrators.

Blunt chairs the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education, which recently approved a bipartisan funding bill that would, in part, change the Pell Grant to year-round funding.

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