Missouri State is aware that the Coordinating Board for Higher Education officially submitted a flat state appropriations request for Fiscal Year 2015. For Missouri State, flat funding means a state appropriation of $78,577,071. However, Missouri State requests consideration of the “alternative funding proposal” submitted by the CBHE. That proposal includes an increase of approximately $39 million (4.5 percent increase) for additional investment in core funding for higher education. Should additional state appropriations be available, Missouri State University respectfully requests two additional investments: Recovery of Reduced Appropriations ($2,907,392) and Inflationary Funding ($1,134,102).
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.
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
Missouri State’s capital priorities are the Ozarks Health and Life Sciences 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. The Ozarks Health and Life Sciences Center will house undergraduate and graduate educational programs, as well as basic and applied research, all of which addresses 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.