Engaging the Community

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.

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Under Governor Eric Greitens' proposed FY19 budget, public universities in Missouri would see a 10 percent decrease in funding.  Missouri State University President Clif Smart said that would mean a reduction of $8,668,000 for the university.  According to Smart, if that reduction is realized, MSU would be receiving $10 million less  than it received in 2001 when the university had 6000 fewer students.


A new Missouri State University dormitory with space for 400 students and 280 vehicles is in the planning stages right now.  Land is being cleared at Holland and Madison for the building.

According to Missouri State University President Clif Smart, MSU is in the final negotiation stages with Bryan Properties concerning the design and the future purchase price.  The Board of Governors could decide that at the end of January in a specially called meeting.  If that happens, construction could start the following week, Smart said.


The Missouri legislature passed a budget before the end of the 2016-2017 session that included significant cuts to university budgets, including Missouri State University.

MSU President Clif Smart discusses how the university plans to handle the budget shortfall.


Last year, the presidents of Missouri State, Drury, OTC, Evangel and SBU gathered to collaborate on a way to make a difference locally and globally. The result? Stomp Out Hunger: The All Collegiate Shoe Drive. Shoes will be collected again this year at sites across the campuses from Oct. 1-25. Lora Hobbs, co-founder of Sole Food and instructor at Missouri State, and Mary Ann Wood, director of public affairs support at Missouri State University talk about Stomp Out Hunger and how it meets the needs of people.

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Over 2,300 students will graduate from Missouri State University during commencement ceremonies Friday. Two-thirds of those students, on average, will leave with $25,000 in debt.

MSU President Clif Smart says that’s a manageable number for most students going into a professional career.

“The horror stories of people graduating with $300,000 worth of debt – that doesn’t happen here,” Smart says.

But the jobs students obtain after college will determine how scary that debt may be, and how long they’ll be paying it down.