You may have already heard the discussion about the FY 2011 situation. Higher education in Missouri is likely to face hard budget constraints as the state of our economy continues. Missouri State University recognizes the situation we may face and is prepared to act accordingly. For some background information, many of you also remember that the state faced grave concerns about the higher education budget just last year. However, there was no need to make changes because of the one-time stimulus money that we received from the federal government. That money will not be around next year and the state’s revenues are lower than we can sustain to increase higher education funding. Cuts are likely. President Nietzel first addressed this issue during his ‘State of the University’ speech and in his first town hall forum on the budget. There will be a second town hall forum regarding the budget situation on October 28, 2009 from 3-4pm in the PSU Theater. I encourage students to attend and listen to the options we are considering in light of the budget cuts we will be facing.
All the best,
Student Body Vice President