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Clif’s Notes for June 21, 2016

Clif's Notes

Early in the fall I told you about the Nine Major Goals for 2015-16 that the Board of Governors and our senior administrative team developed. Those goals were publicized on the university’s website, and they guided our efforts over the past year.

Missouri State University seal in front of Carrington HallAccomplishments noted in all goal areas

At the Board of Governors meeting earlier this month, I presented the board with the Report on the Nine Major Goals for 2015-16. I would encourage you to take a moment and look through the report. Highlights include:

  • We developed a report on the university’s progress under the 2011-16 long-range plan, completed the strategic visioning project and developed a 2016-2021 long-range plan
  • We successfully completed the Higher Learning Commission accreditation process
  • We set overall, freshmen class and underrepresented student enrollment records
  • We implemented the new Bachelor of General Studies program, resulting in over 40 graduates
  • We increased the first time freshman retention rate from 75.22 percent to 78.24 percent
  • We submitted over 300 applications resulting in more than $22 million in grants and sponsored research
  • We partnered with Mercy to develop the MSU Care Clinic, a low income primary care facility, on campus
  • We secured a $1.3 million grant to address poverty in northwest Springfield through Missouri State’s Center for Community Engagement
  • We executed a five-year agreement for $1.4 million each year to provide educational services through the International Leadership and Training Center for the Ningxia Province
  • We provided a 2 percent cost-of-living pay raise to all fulltime employees and targeted other high-performing and underpaid employee groups for additional compensation through a staff pool and the Full Professor Salary Incentive Program
  • We met our 20 percent diversity hiring target
  • We obtained a historic level of state appropriations for Missouri State University

We have much to be proud of, but we’re not done. At our administrative planning retreat in early July, the administrative team will begin to develop action plans and priorities for 2016-17, using the 2016-21 long-range plan as the foundation for implementation.

Thanks for all you do for Missouri State!


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Clif’s Notes for June 14, 2016

Clif's Notes

Last week the Board of Governors had its June meeting in West Plains. I wanted to update you on several of the board’s actions.

Students on campusNew budget includes variety of wage increases

The board approved the university’s fiscal year 2017 budget. Under the budget, there will be no increase in tuition for in-state undergraduate students. The budget includes:

  • A 2 percent across-the-board raise for fulltime employees
  • A $250,000 staff pool for additional raises based on merit and equity
  • A graduate assistant wage increase
  • More than $250,000 for faculty promotions
  • The third year of pay raises under the Professor Salary Incentive Program
  • $900,000 for new faculty positions
  • $60,000 in increased diversity investment

Board approves long-range plan

The board approved the 2016-2021 long-range plan. As you know, the university engaged in a two-year process to establish a campus-wide vision and to develop the final plan document. Thanks to Gloria Galanes who chaired the long-range plan steering committee and everyone who worked with Dr. Galanes to develop the plan. This summer we will begin the first stage of implementing the long-range plan by developing our action items and priorities for 2016-2017.

Other board actions

The board also approved our fiscal year 2018 capital appropriations request. This request is a vehicle the university uses to request state investment in certain facilities on our campuses.

The board approved a revised contract with Coach Kellie Harper. The revised contract extends the term of her employment to 2021, includes a $12,500 salary increase and includes a $100,000 incentive payment that will be paid if Coach Harper stays through April 2019. The salary increase and incentive payment funded are completely with private gifts.

The board also approved changes to the Faculty Handbook. The revisions clarify the employment status of faculty on sabbatical, clarify when a faculty member has professional responsibility with regard to a student, and make several technical changes to the Academic Personnel Grievance Process and the Professional Practices Review Process.

Thanks for all you do for Missouri State!


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Clif’s Notes for June 7, 2016

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A lot of exciting and fun events are happening on campus this summer. I encourage each member of the University community to participate in the events that sound interesting and fun to you.  Here are three examples:

A first for MarooNationBoomer MarooNation ball

On June 25, we will host the very first MarooNation Ball in Springfield. This black-tie optional event will feature incredible performances, dining and dancing to Kansas City’s Patrick Lentz Band.

The MarooNation Ball is an unforgettable celebration for a great cause. All proceeds go toward supporting Missouri State University students.

A “Great Escape” with Tent Theatre

We will also kick off the 54th year of Tent Theatre. Tent Theatre provides our students with a unique opportunity to work side-by-side with theatre professionals from around the country.

This year’s lineup includes three outstanding productions:

  • “All Shook Up” — June 8-11, 13-18
  • “Unnecessary Farce” — June 23-25, 27-July 1
  • “My Fair Lady” — July 6-9, 11-17

Music and more on campus

We will also host several great events at JQH Arena and Plaster Stadium, including:

Thanks for all you do for Missouri State and have a great summer!

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