Missouri State plans to cut $8 million to make up for state funding shortfall

Facing an $8 million shortfall next year, Missouri State University plans to raise tuition and fees, reduce spending and eliminate 32 positions.

Of the 32 positions, 23 are currently open, two are non-teaching faculty members who plan to retire, and seven are filled.

MSU President Clif Smart said nearly all of the seven employees are clerical workers. They will have jobs through July 2, Smart said, and will be eligible to apply for openings within the university.

Missouri public colleges and universities are facing a shortfall for the 2018-19 year after Gov. Eric Greitens recommended a budget that slashes higher education for the third straight year.

Prominent lawmakers have announced plans to restore at least a portion of the more than $70 million in proposed cuts to higher education.

Smart said with many critical funding details still up in the air, the university must plan for the cuts to be enacted while also outlining options.

Read more: Springfield News-Leader

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