University Officials Pleased with Governor’s Announcement



CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Dec. 11, 2013 – Today, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced that he will recommend to the Missouri General Assembly a 5 percent appropriations increase for Missouri’s public four-year universities, including Southeast Missouri State University.

Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast, indicated that approval of the increase will assist the University’s Budget Review Committee and ultimately the Board of Regents in keeping tuition affordable and in assisting with deferred maintenance issues.

“The members of our Budget Review Committee will be very appreciative of Governor Nixon’s recommendation for a 5 percent increase, which would result in a $2.1 million increase for Southeast. The members of our Board of Regents want to minimize the cost of education for our students, and Senate Bill 389 would have only allowed the University to raise tuition enough for a $400,000 increase to balance our budget. So approval of the governor’s recommendation will allow us to keep tuition at its current levels.”

According to Dobbins, “Southeast has one of the most transparent university budget review processes that includes students, faculty and staff. The committee begins deliberations in the spring semester after the governor recommends his budget and members of the General Assembly begin budget hearings.”

The University’s Budget Review Committee is a standing committee comprised of 30 representatives from throughout the campus community charged annually with recommending funding for budget proposals, plans, and priorities, including tuition increases, in accordance with the University’s strategic plan. The committee recommends a balanced budget to the president, who in turn, recommends the University budget to the Board of Regents.

Dobbins said that Governor Nixon’s announcement will greatly influence the committee’s process this spring.

According to Dobbins, “The significant increase will allow the committee to not only balance our budget without increasing instate student fees, but will also allow us to address other needs such as starting and expanding academic programs needed in our state, and working on the reduction of the deferred maintenance backlog.”