University of Missouri

46-37: A Resolution Opposing Missouri SB 389

PURPOSE: A resolution opposing Missouri SB 389 that “modifies several provisions regarding the state’s higher education system.”

 

WHEREAS, SB 389 requires each public institution to submit its tuition and fee increases to the coordinating board for higher education three months before the start of the academic year, and

 

WHEREAS, should the institution’s tuition and fee increases exceed the consumer price index (hereafter referred to as CPI) over the previous academic year, the institution in question must pay the board a fine equaling 5% of its state appropriations for the academic year, and

 

WHEREAS, there is no provision contained in SB 389 to ensure adequate supplemental funding from the state of Missouri in the event that the institution in question raises tuition and fees in excess of the CPI, and

 

WHEREAS, the University of Missouri Board of Curators are given the constitutional authority by the state of Missouri to determine tuition, fees, courses, curriculum, and funds, and

 

WHEREAS, SB 389 blatantly usurps the constitutional authority of the University of Missouri Board of Curators, and

WHEREAS, SB 389 places certain restrictions on the research that faculty, staff, students, and administration of the University of Missouri of Columbia can engage in, and

WHEREAS, such restrictions severely limit the ability of the University to fulfill its mission as the state’s major land-grant research institution, and

 

WHEREAS, such restrictions severely limit the ability of the University to recruit and retain faculty and staff who might engage in such research outside of the state of Missouri, and

 

WHEREAS, such restrictions could be harmful to both local economies and the economy of the state of Missouri, and

 

WHEREAS, the Missouri Students Association (MSA) believes such restrictions placed by the state of Missouri on the University of Missouri of Columbia to be both unfair and an overt affront to the mission of the University, and

 

WHEREAS, SB 389 addresses the issue of transfer credits between higher education institutions, and

 

WHEREAS, the University of Missouri now has jurisdiction over which credit hours it will accept from other institutions and which credits it will deny, and

 

WHEREAS, the Missouri Students Association (MSA) believes it is essential that the University retain this jurisdiction in order to maintain the quality of education at the University, and

 

WHEREAS, SB 389 requires students to report certain aspects of financial aid to the state of Missouri, and

 

WHEREAS, SB 389 limits the amount of financial aid students may receive unless said aid is based “solely on academic performance” or is in the form of a student loan, and

 

WHEREAS, Missouri Students Association (MSA) strongly opposes any measure that would cap the amount of financial aid a student may receive, and

 

WHEREAS, SB 389 allots certain Missouri tax dollars to the Access Missouri Financial Assistance Program, and

 

WHEREAS, the Access Missouri Financial Assistance Program would give between $1,000 and $2,150 to qualified students at public universities, and

 

WHEREAS, the Missouri Students Association (MSA) strongly endorses this additional financial aid for students in general across the state and in particular students of the University of Missouri of Columbia, and

 

WHEREAS, the Access Missouri Financial Assistance Program would give between $2,000 and $4,600 to qualified students at private universities, and

 

WHEREAS, the Missouri Students Association (MSA) strongly opposes any use of state tax dollars that would fund private institutions more than public institutions, and

 

WHEREAS, the Missouri Students Association (MSA) supports Governor Blunt’s Lewis and Clark Discovery initiative concerning capital improvement projects on the campus of the University of Missouri Columbia.

 

THEREFORE, be it resolved that the Missouri Students Association Senate opposes Senate Bill 389 as introduced.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Jim Kelley Rachel Anderson Davie Holt

Academic Affairs Chair MSA President Senate Speaker