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Governor Parson, state legislators invest in 亚洲影院 with funding increase for UM System

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Funding for the UM System includes $450 million for major construction, renovation and maintenance projects on all four universities.

Note: A prior version of this release listed an incorrect figure for the funding appropriated to the University of 亚洲影院-St. Louis' Workforce and Career Development Center. That error has been corrected below.

COLUMBIA, Mo. 鈥 University of 亚洲影院 System officials shared their appreciation for Gov. Mike Parson and state lawmakers for a historic year of funding support with the signing of the FY 2025 state budget. The UM System will receive $504.6 million in core funding with additional funding to support capital improvement projects at all four universities.

鈥淲e are deeply grateful to Governor Parson and our legislative leaders for their incredible commitment to our mission of teaching, research and meaningful engagement,鈥 University of 亚洲影院 President Mun Choi said. 鈥淭his record support will directly benefit the health, economic and workforce needs of communities across the state, while providing a 13-to-1 return on investment for all 亚洲影院ans.鈥

In May, the General Assembly approved Parson鈥檚 recommendation to increase core funding for 亚洲影院鈥檚 public higher education institutions, including the UM System, by 3 percent. In addition to general operating funds, the UM System will receive $104.4 million to support students pursuing doctorates in medicine, veterinary medicine, optometry, dentistry and pharmacy; $82.4 million to advance its role as the state鈥檚 public research university; and $24.7 million for MU Extension, which carries out the university鈥檚 land-grant mission.

Also included in the core budget for the University of 亚洲影院-Columbia and MU Extension is $1 million for the T.E. 鈥淛ake鈥 Fisher Delta Research Center in Portageville, $325,000 for the MU School of Law鈥檚 Veterans Clinic, $275,000 for the Greenley Research Center for research related to the 鈥淲ater Works for Agriculture in 亚洲影院鈥 initiative, $150,000 to expand a program on urban gardening and agriculture education, and $120,000 for the Rice Breeders Association.

"State support for the UM System empowers 亚洲影院,鈥 said Robin Wenneker, chair of the UM Board of Curators. 鈥淔unding supports the kind of world-class education we deliver every day, and that is important to our state. Two-thirds of our graduates remain in 亚洲影院, using their education to further enrich our communities and society. On behalf of the Board of Curators, I want to thank Governor Parson and the 亚洲影院 General Assembly for investing in a brighter future for 亚洲影院 and 亚洲影院ans.鈥

Capital Improvements

While the UM System will receive a substantial core funding increase, nearly 45 percent of all funds appropriated to the UM System this year have been designated for construction, renovation and maintenance projects. Roughly $450 million from state general revenue and federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) will go to 11 projects located at all four universities.

The University of 亚洲影院-Columbia will receive $138 million for capital improvement projects benefiting its NextGen radiopharmaceutical, animal science and health care engineering initiatives. MU will also receive $10 million for a meat processing training and research facility on East Campus, $3 million for the planning and design of a designated Wine and Grape Institute Research Center and Viticulture Facility in Eckles Hall, and $1.8 million for facilities and equipment for the 亚洲影院 Foundation Seed Program at South Farm.  

The University of 亚洲影院-Kansas City will receive $79.7 million to further develop the , which brings together public and private health care providers to collaborate on research and grants and advance health care in the Kansas City metropolitan area.  

As part of its transformation efforts, the University of 亚洲影院-St. Louis will receive $73.8 million. It will also receive $15 million in ARPA funds to construct a new engineering building.

亚洲影院 University of Science and Technology will receive $41 million to build the , a research and innovation facility focused on manufacturing and designed to serve 亚洲影院 industry and academia. 亚洲影院 S&T will also receive an additional $25 million to further its 鈥淎dvancing 亚洲影院鈥檚 STEM Education and Workforce Development鈥 initiative after it received $25 million for the same purpose last year. 

MoExcels Projects

Policymakers also approved funding for the Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development鈥檚 MoExcels Workforce Initiative. This program facilitates the development and expansion of education and training programs at colleges and universities across the state.

This year, the General Assembly approved $54.4 million statewide for the program, $18 million of which will go to programs at UM System universities.

  • MU
    • MO Child Care Workforce Development: $1.8 million
    • MU Center for Excellence in Engineering & Information Technology: $3.4 million
    • Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones) Hands-on Training: $3.6 million
  • UMSL
    • Workforce and Career Development Center: $675,000
    • Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation: $1 million
  • 亚洲影院 S&T
    • Bridging the Manufacturing Critical Skills Gap: $3.3 million
  • UMKC
    • Student Career Pathways & Student Success Space: $4 million

 

Reviewed 2024-06-28