Legislative Priorities

Missouri State University written on the legacy wall

Priority 1: Increase Missouri State’s operating appropriation

Missouri State University receives less state funding per student than any other university in the state. The Coordinating Board for Higher Education (CBHE) has recommended a three-part appropriation package that would begin the process of resolving this inequity.

Performance funding

CBHE requested $26.6 million (a three percent core increase) to be distributed to public universities and community colleges on the basis of three performance metrics connected to the Governor’s focus on workforce development. The three metrics for four-year institutions are:

  • Graduate outcomes.
  • Number of degree or certificate completions per full-time equivalent student.
  • Pass rates on learning assessments or professional licensure exams.

The three metrics for two-year institutions are:

  • Graduate outcomes.
  • Pass rates on professional licensure exams.
  • Three-year graduation and transfer rate.

Equity funding

CBHE requested $8.9 million (a one percent core increase) to be distributed to public universities and community colleges through a weighted equity funding model. Because of the current disparity in per student funding, Missouri State benefits significantly under this model.

Workforce funding

CBHE requested $55.9 million in onetime funding for a workforce development grant program to provide two and four-year institutions with start-up funds to create and expand programs in areas of critical workforce needs (e.g. nursing, advanced manufacturing, etc.).

Missouri State supports the CBHE appropriation recommendations. Due to the significant disparities in per student state funding, Missouri State further requests that additional funds be appropriated through the weighted equity funding model referenced above.

Priority 2: Appropriate $3.2 million in matching capital funds for a multi-purpose addition to Missouri State’s laboratory school

Missouri State’s Greenwood Laboratory School provides practicum opportunities and a laboratory of best practices in teaching for students and faculty at Missouri State. In so doing, Greenwood provides a comprehensive K-12 education to 370 primary and secondary students. Around 200 Missouri State students complete practicum work at Greenwood each year.

The current Greenwood facility was built in 1966. In the last 10 years, Greenwood’s K-12 enrollment has increased by more than 12 percent, and Missouri State has added six middle and high school classes at Greenwood.

The university has raised $3.2 million in funds to renovate parts of the existing building and construct an approximate 21,000 square foot addition. The addition will include a new south entrance, an adjacent office, a lobby supporting the school, restrooms and a multi-purpose center capable of seating 750 people with a performance stage. The new space will provide a larger, accessible entrance and a welcome center.