MU medical program, other higher ed initiatives could lose state funding

Several higher education initiative programs in Missouri could lose all state funding after a recommendation made by the Department of Higher Education on Monday.

One program that faces funding elimination is the MU Cooperative Medicine Program, located in Springfield.

This potential elimination of the medical program comes in addition to Greitens’ proposed $98 million cut to higher education, including a $43 million cut to the University of Missouri System compared to appropriations the previous year. Higher education was cut $159 million the previous fiscal year.

This comes after Gov. Eric Greitens’ recommendation to cut state funding for the higher education programs in his budget proposal for fiscal year 2019, which begins July 1. He recommended cutting all $5 million in state funding for the Cooperative Medicine Program.

Zora Mulligan, commissioner of higher education, and Jeff Barlow, assistant commissioner, made recommendations for the department’s fiscal year 2019 appropriations to the House Budget Committee on Monday and expressed agreement with the governor’s recommendations.

Members of the budget committee expressed concern about eliminating school initiative programs, while Mulligan said the department’s main concern is to keep as much of its core funding as it can.

Read more: Columbia Missourian

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