MU Flagship Council Cites Legislative Accomplishments

The University of Missouri Flagship Council is an important element in assuring that the interests of MU––our state’s land grant, Research 1 institution––are prominently placed before the state legislature.

In their 2015 Legislative Report, they include:

•  1.3% increase in performance funding     Funding for core operations, performance funding and for continuing initiatives to help ensure we can carry out our mission.

•  $10 million for the University of Missouri Clinical Campus in Springfield   Increases medical student class size at MU and create a clinical campus in Springfield will provide more than 300 additional physicians for the state, add more than $390 million annually to Missouri’s economy and create 3,500 new jobs.

•  $10 million for the College of Business’ Applied Learning Center Complements the traditional classroom business instruction in Cornell Hall by offering real-world application opportunities. The center will have labs involving marketing, finance and business creation, through which students can gain hands-on experience.

•  $12.5 million for Stewart Hall renovations    Allows for the replacement of the elevator and cooling system as well as other upgrades. Houses the Biological Science, Geography and School of Music departments.

•  $35 million for the State Historical Society     Helps pay for a new, 21st century home for Missouri’s history preserved by The State Historical Society of Missouri in Columbia. The SHSMo headquarters building will feature expanded art galleries, specialized research spaces, classrooms, and an auditorium magnifying the educational experience for students at every stage of life. This move frees up over 30,000 square feet in Ellis Library.

•  $38.5 million for Lafferre Hall renovations     Repair and renovation of the 1935 and 1944 sections for the main Engineering building. In addition to repairing masonry and replacing deteriorated windows and roofs, the area will be renovated to include experiential teaching and learning labs along with space for computer labs and a student machine shop. The renovations will produce an additional 20,000 square feet of research space for electrical and computer engineering, chemical engineering and mechanical and aerospace engineering faculty.

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