Missouri State University
Presidential Updates

Clif’s Notes for Nov. 24, 2015

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I regularly refer to Missouri State University as the “value option.” When we evaluate Missouri State’s quality, student services and experience, and affordability, the University provides a great value to its students and to the state of Missouri.

Trends in college pricing

Recently there has been significant publicity about college affordability because the College Board released its 2015 Trends in College Pricing. The report shows that tuition and fees at Missouri’s public four-year institutions had the lowest rate of increase of any other state in the nation since 2008.18858_0034-Value

We have worked diligently at Missouri State to keep college affordable for our students. Since 2008, Missouri State’s undergraduate resident tuition increased by 10.2 percent, while inflation was 11.8 percent.

When factoring in inflation, it is actually less expensive to attend our University than it was eight years ago. In comparison, public universities throughout the United States raised tuition and fees by an average of 38.5 percent, or more than three times the inflation rate.

During the same time period, Missouri State’s operating appropriation has decreased by $3.5 million and the University has increased its enrollment by over 3,000 students.

How MSU compares to similar schools

Missouri State’s tuition remains considerably below its peers. In fiscal year 2015, Missouri State tuition and fees were 23.3 percent below the average annual tuition and fees for public universities throughout the United States.

The University’s status as the value option is the result of the hard work of all of our faculty and staff to sustain Missouri State’s quality while maintaining its affordability.

Thanks for all you do for Missouri State!

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Clif’s Notes for Nov. 17, 2015

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Thank you for giving back

The end of October marks the end of our annual United Way and Missouri State Way campaigns. Through these campaigns, the University community raised $100,715 for the United Way and $218,866 for the Missouri State University Foundation.

United Way lunch

The United Way serves the neediest of our neighbors in Springfield and in the Ozarks. The Missouri State Way campaign is an opportunity for all members of the campus community to support the areas of the University that are most important to them.

Leadership Level

I want to personally thank each of you who participated in the United Way campaign. Please join me in congratulating our employees who gave to the campaign at the Leadership Level ($500).

James Baker Drew Bennett Charlene Berquist Richard Biagioni Stephanie Bryant Lanette Cadle Donna Christian Nancy Copeland Ryan DeBoef Steven Dodge
Janice Duncan Frank Einhellig Scott Embretson Renee Fogle Stephen Foucart Gloria Galanes Terrel Gallaway Sheri Gibe Penni Groves John Harms
Brian Heaton Kathryn Hope Karen Horny Jay Huff Tamera Jahnke Mary Jennings Grant Jones Mary Kellum Allen Kunkel Thomas Lane
Paul Lusk Victor Matthews John and Sally McAlear Charles McClure Keri McKee Mary McManus David Meinert Michael Merrigan Kyle Moats Matthew Morris
Jim Moyer Frederick Muegge Sarah Nixon Thomas Peters Harold Pratt Tamara Reed Barbara Robinson Jennifer Severson Margaret Shaw Donald Simpson
Denita Siscoe Priscilla Skeeters Clifton Smart Byron Stewart Rebecca Swearingen Jeffrey Switzer Thomas Tomasi Johnny Washington Paula Wilhelm Ying Zhang

Founders Club

I also want to personally thank each of you who participated in the Missouri State Way campaign. Please join me in congratulating our current employees who are members of the Founders Club ($10,000 commitment).

Jodie Adams Gib Adkins Rickey Albaugh Nancy Allen James Baker Randy Bass Samuel Bass Drew Bennett Stephen Berkwitz Charlene Berquist
Theresa Bettmann John Bourhis Robert Bradley Stephanie Bryant Steven Bullard Charles Busby Cindy Busby David Byrd Sandra Byrd Lisa Casey
Michael Casey William Cheek John Chuchniak Lisa Clark Lynn Cline Julia Combs David Cornelison Melissa Dallas Sandra D’Angelo Ryan DeBoef
Arlen Diamond Rachael Dockery Toby Dogwiler Roger Dowdy Janice Duncan Brent Dunn Frank Einhellig Anson Elliott Susan Essman Lori Fan
S Monika Feeney Wendy Ferguson Steve Foucart Gloria Galanes Julie Gallaway Terrel Gallaway Andrew Garton Larry George Douglas Gouzie Melanie Grand
Brian Greene Janice Greene Stephanie Hein Madleine Hooper Kathryn Hope Tamera Jahnke Cheryl Jones Robert Jones Russell Keeling John Killion
Allen Kunkel Diane Leamy Jon Leamy Cynthia Green Libby Day Ligon J E Llewelltyn Neosha Mackey Jill Martin Robert Martin Victor Matthews
John McAlear Belinda McCarthy Bernard McCarthy Norma McClellan Charles McClure Keri McKee Sue Morris Matthew Morris Frederick Muegge Donald Wendell Northrip
Thomas Peters Sophie Pierpoint Angela Pinegar  John Prescott Kathy Pulley Gay Ragan Kent Ragan Michael Ramon Helen Reid Lynn Robbins
Philip Rothschild Michele Rowe Christina Ryder G Alan Schick Kishor Shah Margaret Suzanne Shaw Susan Sims-Giddens Denita Siscoe Clifton Smart Karen Smith
Byron Stewart Lorene Stone John Strong Kristene Sutliff Rebecca Swearingen Kelly Mark Templeton Kent Thomas Kenneth Vollmar Mary Wardell Tammy Wiley
John Williams Anne Winkler Thomas Wyrick


Thanks for all you do for Missouri State!

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Continuing our commitment to diversity

News about the recent events at the University of Missouri (MU) has drawn significant nationwide attention. We hope that these events, including the resignations of President Wolfe and Chancellor Loftin, will encourage institutions across the country to take this opportunity to evaluate their processes and address racial concerns in a meaningful way.

We are doing this at Missouri State. We know that our students, faculty and staff of color face obstacles every day. There is hurt and a strong sense by some that these real issues are not being heard or, worse, are being ignored. As a campus community, we are working to have very meaningful conversations and to put actions behind our words. We are committed to making systemic changes despite the pressures to maintain the status quo.

“Diversity and inclusion” is more than a catchphrase at Missouri State University. We are forging ahead with making diversity and inclusion an important part of our visioning process and long-range plan. We are investing more dollars and resources in programs because we recognize the value diversity brings to our campus and we want to overcome the obstacles and heal the hurt.

We also understand that voices being heard continues to be an important part of the process. We support our students’ right to participate in demonstrations and request that the University community truly listen to the concerns of all with respect and an open mind.

We have offered and will offer many opportunities across campus for discussion and participation in this process. Please see the link below to see where you can be part of the solution, and please contact any of us with ideas of how we can further improve our campus climate, processes and structures.

Tough Talk Table Talks scheduled in November


Clif Smart, president
Christina Bowles, Staff Senate chair
Ken Coopwood, vice president for diversity and inclusion
Ashley Crisafulli, SGA president
Caleb Doyle, student representative to Board of Governors 
Thomas Lane, associate vice president for student life/dean of students
Sharmista Self, Faculty Senate chair
Dee Siscoe, vice president for student affairs

Black Lives Matter panel discussion

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