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Clif’s Notes for Jan. 17, 2017

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I hope you feel proud of working for Missouri State University. I am personally proud of the rich heritage of outstanding faculty and staff who have contributed much to the success of our university.

Nominate a former colleague for the Wall of Fame2016 Wall of Fame inductees

The Wall of Fame, located outside the Ballroom in the Plaster Student Union, is a designated location for the university to recognize and honor employees who have excelled at Missouri State and significantly contributed to the success and positive experience of students. While Missouri State University has had many outstanding employees during its long history, the intention of the Wall of Fame is to recognize those faculty and staff members who have had an impact on students that is considered truly noteworthy.

Nominations are now being accepted for next year’s honorees, and they will be accepted until March 6. Please take a moment to nominate someone who has made a difference in the lives of our students. Criteria for the recognition include:

  • Full-time employment with the university for a minimum of 10 years at any time in university history.
  • Service that has resulted in meaningful change at Missouri State University.
  • Continuous demonstration of character and integrity.
  • Impact on students.
  • Five years must have passed since the individual was last employed full time at Missouri State.

Find the full listing of criteria for Wall of Fame honorees.

Inclusion on the Wall of Fame is one of the highest honors a faculty and staff member can receive from Missouri State University.

Thank you for all you do for Missouri State!

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Clif’s Notes for Jan. 10, 2017

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Welcome back! I hope you had a restful break and feel energized to start the spring semester.

Honoring the university’s staff Carrington Hall

Our staff at Missouri State are top notch. The university could not achieve its mission without the hard working staff that we have.

One of the great honors of my job is to recognize our staff each January at the annual Staff Service Awards Program and Luncheon. This year’s event is tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. in Hammons Student Center. Please plan to attend!

We will recognize our retiring staff. We will also recognize staff members who reached five-year service milestones in the past calendar year.

We will present the Staff Excellence in University Service Award to six staff members who have made significant contributions to the university community. These individuals strive to do their jobs well on a daily basis, go above and beyond the call of duty to the university in special situations, and have contributed in a significant way to the success of the university.

We will also present the Excellence in Community Service Award to two staff members who volunteer their time to worthy community causes. One of the recipients invests countless hours to help domestic violence survivors at The Victim Center. The other recipient has volunteered for numerous causes in the Springfield community, including projects that impact children, families and veterans.

Please attend the tomorrow’s luncheon to find out who will receive these prestigious awards.

Thanks for all you do for Missouri State!

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Clif’s Notes for Dec. 20, 2016

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Our Board of Governors met last week. They took up several important matters.

Board recognizes Citizen Scholars and service to university

The board recognized this year’s Citizen Scholar Award recipients:

2016-17 Citizen Scholars
Jaggar Deeds, Kimberleigh Eng, Caroline Finnell, Alexis Jemes, Michelle Pellegrino and Victoria York

You can find more information about our 2016-2017 Citizen Scholars. Please join me in congratulating these students on a job well done.

The board also recognized the board service of Governors Peter Hofherr and Steve Hoven, whose terms expire at the end of the year. Governors Hofherr and Hoven have made a lasting impact on Missouri State, and Missouri State University is better because of their service on the board.

19210_3038-West-PlainsLooking to the future of the West Plains campus

The board also approved the long-range plan for the West Plains campus. Similar to the Springfield campus, we have also developed a set of measurable goals for the West Plains campus to ensure accountability. The particular goals are set forth below.

Degrees and certificates awarded annually (July 1 – June 30)
FY12 FY13 FY14 FY15 FY16 Goal FY22
333 302 309 297 300 350
Three-year graduation/transfer rate for first-time full-time students (statewide average in parentheses)
2009 cohort in 2012 2010 cohort in 2013 2011 cohort in 2014 2012 cohort in 2015 2013 cohort in 2016 Goal fall 2022
40.7% (39%) 38.5% (34.6%) 35.5% (35.6%) 44.2% (NA) 47.7% (NA) 50%
First year to second year retention rate (fall to fall) for first-time full-time students (statewide average in parentheses)
F11 to F12 F12 to F13 F13 to F14 F14 to F15 F15 to F16 Goal fall 2022
43% (49.7%) 45% (49.4%) 43% (58.8%) 42% (56.2%) 49% (NA) 55%
Three-year graduation/transfer rate first-time full-time students by subgrouping (n= total beginning number of students in cohort)
2009 cohort in 2012 2010 cohort in 2013 2011 cohort in 2014 2012 cohort in 2015 2013 cohort in 2016 Goal fall 2022
Hispanic/Latino 14% (7) 50% (8) 0% (2) 33% (6) 36% (11) = or > annual rate for total pop
Black African-American 70% (10) 63% (8) 64% (14) 68% (22)  65% (23) = or > annual rate for total pop
First year to second year retention rate (fall to fall) for first-time full-time students by subgrouping (n= total beginning number of students in cohort)
F11 to F12 F12 to F13 F13 to F14 F14 to F15 F15 to F16 Goal fall 2022
Hispanic/Latino 50% (2) 33% (6) 73% (11) 25% (12) 56% (16) = or > annual rate for total pop
Black African American 14% (14) 50% (22)  35% (23) 46% (24) 48% (29) = or > annual rate for total pop
Annual percent of full-time faculty and staff who are international or members of historically underrepresented groups, defined to include minority, veteran and disability
Fall 2012 Fall 2013 Fall 2014 Fall 2015 Fall 2016 Goal fall 2022
7.38% 9.45% 8.03% 11.19% (15/135) 10.08% (13/129) 13.0%

We are excited for what the next five years will hold for our faculty, staff and students in West Plains.

Agriculture studentChanges in agriculture

The board approved a resolution changing the Darr School of Agriculture to the Darr College of Agriculture. This is an important change that highlights the growth of Missouri State’s agriculture programs and the important role they play at the university, in the state of Missouri and throughout the world. I want to thank Anson Elliott and his team for developing Missouri State’s agriculture programs to what they are today. We know that the Darr College of Agriculture will continue its upward trajectory under Ron Del Vecchio’s leadership, and we are excited for what the future holds for our agriculture programs.

19024-9565-clifs-notes-winterMeeting performance measures on both campuses

The board also received reports from Frank Einhellig and Drew Bennett on the university’s performance as part of the state of Missouri’s performance funding framework. We are happy to report that the Springfield campus and the West Plains campus met all five of their performance measures. You can find additional details about the performance measures online.

The Springfield campus has met all five of the performance funding targets every year since the performance funding framework was established. The university’s success is thanks to the hard work of all of our faculty, staff and students.

18322_7786-Clif's-Notes-ConcealStaff Service Awards

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend the annual Staff Service Awards and Appreciation luncheon on Jan. 11. at Hammons Student Center. It’s a special time to recognize those who have reached a five-year longevity milestone in their years of service to the university, those who have retired, those who have been selected for the Staff Excellence in University Service Award, those who have been selected for the Staff Excellence in Community Service Award and the winner of the My Ideas program.

Thanks for all you do for Missouri State!

 

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