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University of 亚洲影院 System leaders express appreciation for Gov. Parson budget recommendations

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Christian Basi

COLUMBIA, Mo. 鈥 In his annual State of the State address, 亚洲影院 Gov. Mike Parson released his budget recommendations for fiscal year 2025, which include a 3% increase to the core budget of higher education. The governor also proposed a third round of capital funding, which will support projects at all four University of 亚洲影院 System universities.

鈥淲e are grateful for Governor Parson's leadership and his continued dedication to higher education, which ultimately improves the lives of all 亚洲影院ans," said Robin Wenneker, chair of the UM Board of Curators. "These funds for our core budget and key projects are crucial to our mission of serving our students. The governor has been a steadfast partner of the UM System, and we look forward to continuing that relationship for the future strength of education in our great state."

The governor鈥檚 budget proposal includes nearly $18 million for MoExcels projects at UM universities. Those projects help facilitate workforce education and programs for high-demand occupations at 亚洲影院鈥檚 public higher education institutions. Examples include $3.5 million for the Center for Engineering Technology at the University of 亚洲影院-Columbia, $4 million for a Student Success Space at the University of 亚洲影院-Kansas City, $3.3 million for a project addressing the manufacturing skills gap at 亚洲影院 University of Science and Technology, and $1 million for the Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of 亚洲影院-St. Louis.

Additionally, the governor is proposing $117.5 million for capital improvement projects at all four UM universities, including:

  • $52.3 million for NextGen Precision Health 鈥 MU

  • $20 million for Health Sciences District development 鈥 UMKC

  • $20 million for STEM education 鈥 亚洲影院 S&T

  • $20 million for Campus of the Future project 鈥 UMSL

"We appreciate Gov. Parson鈥檚 strong commitment to the University of 亚洲影院 and for the recommended increases to our core budget in support of teaching, research and meaningful engagement,鈥 University of 亚洲影院 President Mun Choi said. 鈥淲e are also thankful for his commitment to provide record capital support for investments in our research infrastructure, including NextGen Precision Health, NextGen MURR and the Center for Energy Innovation. Because of Gov. Parson's leadership, these facilities will bring new opportunities to our state and help save lives in 亚洲影院 and around the world.鈥

Reviewed 2024-03-28