Missouri State President Updates on Funding; Campus Climate

Missouri State President Clif Smart released his latest “Clif’s Notes” outlining decisions being made at the campus as a result of reduced state funding, and how the current social unrest in the nation is impacting the school.

Smart said MSU’s Board of Governors has approved the 2021 Fiscal Year budget that assumed a loss of $9.25 million in state funding and a significant decline of 1,500 students.

Smart said that several actions were taken to cut costs:

  • Freezing 68 open positions through June 30, 2021.
  • Eliminating online course incentive payments for faculty.
  • Delaying the opening of the new residence hall.
  • Reducing allocations for travel, classroom repairs, academic equipment and the president’s enhancement fund.
  • Spending $4 million of university reserves.

“The budget does not include across-the-board pay reductions, furloughs, layoffs or similar personnel actions,” Smart wrote. “These decisions have been delayed until we know more about fall enrollment and how much state funding Gov. Parson will withhold.”

Smart also addressed the current racial unrest in the nation and said that Missouri State will be proactive in educating the campus on issues related to racism.

“[The board] discussed the university’s plans to address racism on campus before the fall semester and throughout the coming academic year,” Smart wrote. “Our leadership team will discuss and further develop these plans at our retreat later this week.”

Smart added that policies related to the reopening of the school this fall following the COVID-19 lockdown are continuing to be developed.

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