Throughout the year, our Long-Range Plan Steering Committee has collected information and regularly met to develop the university’s 2021-26 Long-Range Plan.
They have developed four themes for the plan:
- Evolving academic directions for future careers.
- Global engagement.
- Inclusive excellence driving university success.
- Community leadership and partnerships.
Each theme includes focus areas fleshed out with stories. Our goal is to develop a plan that all members of the university community can plug into as we develop annual action plans in the coming years.
Share your feedback at town hall
The steering committee, our leadership team and the Board of Governors need your feedback as we develop and finalize the 2021-26 Long-Range Plan.
Please attend the university-wide Virtual Town Hall meeting at 3 p.m. this Friday, April 30. We will present the themes, focus areas and stories to you and solicit your input.
You can find the Zoom link and other information about the meeting on the town hall webpage.
Updating the board on COVID impact
Last week the Board of Governors met.
I presented an update on COVID-19. Our numbers on campus and in the community continue to trend in the right direction.
We have administered more than 15,000 vaccinations on campus. The Springfield community’s vaccination rate now exceeds 25%, and the city has removed occupancy restrictions for most activities and events.
Approving tuition and fees
The board also approved our 2021-22 tuition and fees.
The Springfield campus in-state undergraduate tuition rate will be $257 per credit hour. As I previously discussed, this is a blended rate under which seated and online classes will have the same tuition.
We requested and received a waiver from Commissioner of Higher Education Zora Mulligan to restructure our tuition in this way without incurring a financial penalty under the state’s Higher Education Student Funding Act.
Other tuition and fee highlights include:
- No changes to dual credit, college fees, program fees and parking fees.
- Only two supplemental course fee changes (TCM 121 and 122).
- A combined room and board increase of 2.15% with a rate freeze in Monroe and Sunvilla apartments.
- A $2 per credit hour increase for in-state tuition on the West Plains campus.
Board approves purchases
The board awarded a contract to Slate by Technolutions for a comprehensive technology customer relationship management platform for enrollment management and student services.
The board also approved the purchase of an x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy system at the Roy Blunt Jordan Valley Innovation Center.
The board approved resolutions related to the refinancing of three sets of bonds.
The original financing occurred in:
- 2014 for the O’Reilly Clinical Health Sciences Center and the Davis-Harrington Welcome Center.
- 2015 for JQH Arena.
- 2019 for Brick City buildings 1, 3, 4 and 5.
The university will save more than $4 million by refinancing these bonds.
Building expansions and renovations
The board awarded a $1.3 million contract to BP Builders, LLC to expand and relocate the Multicultural Resource Center. The project will also include renovations to the office of student engagement in the PSU.
The board also awarded a $300,000 contract to Kenmar Construction, Inc. to replace the gymnasium floor at Foster Rec Center.
Finally, the board approved a resolution to name the new outdoor facility currently under construction the John Goodman Amphitheatre. John Goodman is an accomplished alumnus of MSU and has made several large gifts to support the Reynolds College of Arts and Letters and the arts park project.
Thanks for all you do for Missouri State!