UM System Legislative Priorities
Supporting the University of Missouri System is an investment in the future of our state.
The university serves Missouri citizens and communities through its mission of teaching, research, public service and economic development across our four campuses and University of Missouri Extension. Support of the following priorities will help us carry out our core mission.
Retaining Core Operations
Support state funding requests for core operations as well as new and continuing initiatives to help ensure we can carry out our mission.
- $428.7 million base appropriation
- The university has identified the following $12.3 million in additional core funding needs:
- $10 million for the School of Medicine partnership
- $2 million for the Joint Pharmacy program
- $340,000 for Missouri Federal and State Technology partnership program
- Total Request = $441 million
Enhancing Missouri Competitiveness
Support the funding of University of Missouri programs that play a critical role in strengthening economic competitiveness by educating students and fostering research and innovation in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) disciplines.
- Performance Funding - $12.9 million
- The university seeks a three percent increase to its core appropriation, to be funded through a new state formula that rewards institutions for measurable success.
- STEM Education and Research Capacity - $24.9 million
- Increasing the number of students educated in STEM fields will help meet growing job demands and investing in facilities, infrastructure, and cutting-edge equipment will enhance Missouri’s competitiveness in this critical area of our state’s economy.
- Caring for Missourians – Mental Health Initiative - $12.3 million
- Increase the number of professionals by educating 245 additional students in high demand fields such as nursing, psychiatry, physical and occupational therapy, psychology and speech pathology.
- Missouri College Advising Corps - $3 million
- The program places recent college graduates in high schools with lower than average college-going rates to assist students in preparing for college. Increased funding would expand the Missouri College Advising Corps to 50 high schools statewide.
Supporting Capital Projects
Support maintenance and repair and 50/50 public-private matching partnerships for capital projects.
- The university currently faces a $1.3 billion backlog of renovation and repair projects on all four campuses. High priority projects have been identified on each campus to be funded through revenue bonds approved by lawmakers last year.
- Donors have stepped up to support the university’s capital projects. The appropriation of state matching funds will leverage this support for a true 50/50 partnership with the state.
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