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State colleges, universities report $1.4 billion in maintenance needs



State-run colleges and universities in Missouri have more than $1.4 billion in deferred maintenance, according to a new report from the Missouri Department of Higher Education.

The report, which was last conducted in 2009, concludes that reductions to state funding for higher education in recent years “have had a negative impact on deferred maintenance.”

In a note accompanying the report, Doug Kennedy, chair of the state’s Coordinating Board for Higher Education, expresses a desire to work with the governor and lawmakers “to address the issues described in this report.”

The report reviewed 26 campuses in the state, which encompass more than 2,400 buildings and more than 27,000 acres.

The University of Missouri System accounts for more than $839 million of the $1.4 billion in deferred maintenance. Its tallies by university are:

  • University of Missouri-Columbia – $404.3 million
  • University of Missouri-St. Louis – $199 million
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City – $174.4 million
  • University of Science and Technology – $62 million

Others state universities with deferred maintenance of at least $50 million include:

  • Truman State University – $114.3 million
  • Missouri State University – $105.5 million
  • Southeast Missouri State University – $95.1 million
  • Lincoln University – $70 million
  • Northwest Missouri State University – $55.8 million

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