Clif Smart

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While enrollment of first-year students at Missouri State University has been on an upward trend, it could mean expanding housing services as capacity meets or exceeds needs.

President Clif Smart says a feasibility study is underway to determine the need for a new “traditional style” residence hall.

“If you look back a few years ago our freshmen class; we had a few less than 2,500. And this last year we were about 3,150. In the fall we anticipate being well over 3,200. So we’ve got a growth of about 750 freshmen in the last three years,” says Smart.

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Missouri State University is preparing to finalize its long-range plan that will guide the school from 2016-2021.

The Board of Governors will consider approval of the plan at its June meeting. President Clif Smart says as each unit sets their goals for next year they’ll “begin with this document.”

“Not a top-down approach… Centrally, we’ll say ‘here are three or four things we hope to emphasize.’ But everybody then gets to decide how they plug into that,” says Smart.

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Athletic success is one way higher education institutions can raise their profile and offer a peek into the school’s other offerings.

For Missouri State University, a recent example of that was the success of and national attention paid to last year’s postseason run by the Bears’ baseball team. It’s one of 17 athletic programs at the school.

Like in any business, there may come a time when organizational messaging needs a refresh. That time is now for Missouri State University, according to President Clif Smart.

For approximately eight years, the school’s slogan of “Follow your Passion, Find Your Place” has been used on university stationary, billboards and in speeches and marketing campaigns.

“So we wanted to take a look and see if there were ways that we can not discard that [old slogan] but to take some language, build on it and really showcase the university that we are now,” says Smart.

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Missouri State University says a modest increase in its tuition and fees for the 2016-2017 school year will be waived if the state legislature approves Gov. Jay Nixon’s proposed higher education budget.

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