MU divisions to help make up loss of state funding

Thursday, July 3, 2014 | 8:14 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin announced Thursday that each division of the university will contribute part of its budget to make up for more than $3.8 million in state funding lost after Gov. Jay Nixon withheld funds in the last fiscal year. 

Loftin said in an email to MU faculty and staff that the amount contributed by the divisions will depend on their balances, the amount of general revenue they received and any auxiliary enterprise funding.

Reallocation amounts

Here is the breakdown of funds returning to the budget office:

Schools and colleges

  • Arts and Science, $189,717
  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, $227,054
  • Business, $63,039
  • Education, $101,396
  • Engineering, $58,743
  • Human Environmental Sciences, $50,432
  • Health Professions, $21,144
  • Journalism, $29,392
  • Law, $43,064
  • Medicine, $324,707
  • Nursing, $58,949
  • Public Affairs, $7,431
  • Veterinary Medicine, $125,032

Other divisions

  • Alumni and advancement, $34,310
  • Intercollegiate Athletics, $40,997
  • Vice chancellor finance, $31,178
  • Vice chancellor operations, $222,517
  • Vice chancellor — health sciences, $283,799
  • Chancellor, $239,356
  • Extension, $205,892
  • Graduate School, $34,770
  • Information and access technology services, $71,619
  • Provost, $289,917
  • Office of Research, $176,318
  • Student Affairs (including Department of Residential Life), $936,050
  • University Affairs, $10,406

Source: MU News Bureau

The amount each division and auxiliary unit will contribute has been decided, and each division head will determine how to provide these contributions.

MU spokesman Christian Basi said the reallocation is in response to announcements made by Nixon in April and May. Nixon said then that funding would be withheld from multiple state agencies, including the university.

Basi said the reallocation of funds has nothing to do with Nixon's announcement in June to freeze $1.1 billion in state funds for the 2015 fiscal year.

Auxiliary units that do not receive state funding, such as the Residential Life and Intercollegiate Athletics departments, also will contribute, Loftin said in the email. Basi said the auxiliary units are contributing to help make the impact on students and faculty as small as possible.

"It was a matter of everyone pitching in," Basi said.

The auxiliary units are expected to contribute up to one-third of the funding shortfall.

Basi said the university does not expect the change to have any effect on tuition.

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.

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