PURPOSE: To provide an informed student opinion on the $490.43 million UM System appropriations request for FY2009.
WHEREAS, on October 8 University of Missouri System Vice President for Finance and Administration Nikki Krawitz met with MSA Senate and the Student Fee Review Committee, and
WHEREAS, Dr. Krawitz presented a recommendation to increase state appropriations to the UM System by 12%, and
WHEREAS, Dr. Krawitz reported a UM System study conclusion that faculty salaries are currently in the bottom quartile of comparable institutions, using Association of American Universities members as a benchmark for this campus, and
WHEREAS, the UM System requires a $21.6 million increase to bring tenure and tenure-track faculty to the median pay rate of comparable universities, and
WHEREAS, the UM System requires a $3.71 million increase to account for technology maintenance, infrastructure, and ongoing costs, and
WHEREAS, the UM System requires a $12.60 million increase to restore the system wide plant replacement value from 1.25% to 1.5% and address deferred maintenance, and
WHEREAS, this recommendation considers an inflationary tuition increase of 3% ($12.52 million), the likely limit as set by Missouri Senate Bill 389, and
WHEREAS, this recommendation further considers $11.91 million in UM System funding via “efficiencies and reallocations” for the above items, and
WHEREAS, the UM System has requested a $23.23 million increase in state allocations to support nursing, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, dentistry, and allied health professions programs as part of a joint proposal across two- and four-year institutions in the state, and
WHEREAS, former President Floyd had identified a $10.8 million shortfall in equity funding for the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and the campus has since received $5.6 million in resources from the UM System, and
WHEREAS, the UM System has requested $2.60 million in additional state appropriations for each of the next two years to account for the equity adjustment, and
WHEREAS, the Missouri General Assembly approved a cooperative engineering program between Missouri State University and the University of Missouri-Rolla but has not yet provided the requested $500,000 in one-time costs, and
WHEREAS, this recommendation is in line with the FY2008 request of a 12.2% increase submitted by then-president Elson Floyd after meeting with students on each UM Campus, including this campus on September 7, 2005, and supported by MSA Senate bill 46-23, and
WHEREAS, the UM System was allocated $418 million for FY2008, a $17 million (4.2%) increase over FY2007, and
WHEREAS, Governor Matt Blunt, Missouri General Assembly leadership, and the Coordinating Board for Higher Education have tentatively agreed to a minimum 4.2% increase in state allocations for each of the next two years.
THEREFORE, be it resolved that the Missouri Students Association Senate strongly supports the University of Missouri System’s request of $490.43 million in Missouri state appropriations for the FY2009 budget.
MSA Senate Speaker
MSA Vice President
Director, Student Activities
Director, Student Services