2014 legislative session goals
Given the indisputable positive impact of higher education on the long-term economic prosperity and well-being of the State of Missouri, Missouri State University respectfully requests that public higher education operating budgets be funded to the fullest extent possible.
On December 11, 2013, Governor Jay Nixon announced his intent to recommend a 5 percent increase in core state funding for higher education for Fiscal Year 2015. In making that announcement, he challenged the four-year public universities to respond by committing to keep in-state tuition for undergraduate students flat for 2014-15. President Clif Smart has said he will recommend to the Board of Governors that Missouri State’s tuition remain at current levels on both the Springfield and West Plains campuses, provided the Governor recommends, the Missouri General Assembly passes, and the Governor signs into law a budget that increases core funding for higher education by at least 5 percent for Fiscal Year 2015. For Missouri State, a 5 percent increase would result in an increase of about $4 million.
Missouri State University supports the development of a funding formula for the state’s public four-year institutions and urges its passage during the 2014 legislative session.
Specifically, Missouri State supports the funding formula model proposed by the Council on Public Higher Education (COPHE) which considers the following elements when allocating new state appropriations: 1) a continued strong emphasis on performance funding, 2) recognition of institutional missions, and 3) sensitivity to future enrollment changes
The COPHE model accomplishes this in a manner that is not complex, can be easily understood, and uses valid and dependable data. Missouri State looks forward to working with COPHE, the Missouri Community College Association (MCCA), the Missouri General Assembly, and the Governor to get approval for a funding formula.
Missouri State is pleased to support and be part of the statewide initiative “Caring for Missourians – Mental Health” to address a severe need in the state.
This proposal includes approximately $1.6 million for Missouri State to enhance the following programs: Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analyst, Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology, Nursing (both BSN and DNP), Master of Occupational Therapy, and Doctor of Physical Therapy.
For capital funding, Missouri State respectfully requests approval of $55,926,130 for its No. 1 capital priorities: Ozarks Health and Life Science Center on the Springfield campus and Hass-Hoover Hall on the West Plains campus. In addition, the University supports establishing a regular, sustained approach to funding capital needs of higher education institutions. Missouri State also encourages funding for the matching capital funds made possible by passage of SB 655 during the 2012 session.
Missouri State’s capital priorities are the Ozarks Health and Life Science Center on the Springfield campus and Hass-Hoover Hall on the West Plains campus. The Coordinating Board for Higher Education has included this request on its capital priority list for Fiscal Year 2015. To complete the projects, $55,926,130 in state appropriations would be matched with $5,592,613 from gifts and University resources for a total of $61,518,743. The Ozarks Health and Life Science Center will house undergraduate and graduate educational programs, as well as basic and applied research, all of which address science and health issues. Hass-Hoover Hall will house the Student Advisement and Academic Support (SAAS) Center and the honors program to serve its growing student population. Missouri State also seeks support for $2,250,000 as a 50 percent match for the $4.5 million Student Admissions and Success Center.