UM System representatives express concern over higher education cuts

1 year 8 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, January 31 2018 Jan 31, 2018 Wednesday, January 31, 2018 2:47:00 PM CST January 31, 2018 in News
By: Jenna Puritz, KOMU 8 Reporter
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JEFFERSON CITY - A week after Governor Greitens proposed another round of cuts for higher education, Missouri college leaders made their case against that move.

UM System President Mun Choi and other system representatives met with the Subcommittee on Appropriations Wednesday. The UM System could see a proposed cut of $43 million compared to the appropriations from the previous budget according to Greitens proposed 2019 budget.

Lincoln University, MCCA, University of Central Missouri, Missouri State and Technical Institution, and Harris-Stowe State University all addressed the committee.

KOMU 8 News spoke with President Choi, who said universities have already suffered from previous budget cuts. 

"Some of our class sizes went up, student-to-faculty ratio increased and many of our top faculty members were recruited by other universities," Choi said. 

Just last year, Choi said there were 500 staff and faculty separations throughout the UM System, with sixty percent of those separations came from MU. 

President Choi also said they're working to add and invest in faculty and staff, not remove faculty and staff. 

"We're advocating for this with a lot of conviction and trying to make compelling arguments so that higher education is supported in Missouri," Choi said. 

Chairman of the Subcommittee on Appropriations on education Rep. Lyle Rowland, R-Cedarcreek said he knew this was going to be a tough budget year. 

"When the governor's budget came out, sure enough there were some cuts, probably more drastic than what we anticipated," Rep. Rowland said. 

According to Rep. Rowland, higher education and K-12 education could face budget cuts. 

Earlier this month, the Columbia Missourian reported Budget Chairman Scott Fitzpatrick, R-Shell Knob, said he doesn't want further cuts to higher education. 

"If we can have some 'aha' moments in the budget and figure out if we can save money in certain places, I think there would be a lot of people in the legislature who would prefer to not see higher education cuts," Fitzpatrick said. 

President Choi said he's going to keep fighting to get the support higher education needs in Missouri. 

"We're continuing to work with legislators and making the case with the public and sharing the message that we are a good investment with the future," he said. 

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