Missouri Southern’s finances could affect accreditation
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – One of Missouri’s smallest state universities could face accreditation trouble stemming from low tuition and a decline in state support.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that lawmakers are also working to exempt Missouri Southern State University from the 1 percent tuition cap to stabilize the institution’s finances. The school has the lowest tuition of any four-year public university in Missouri.
Lawmakers have cut state funding for colleges and universities by $170 million since the 2010 fiscal year.
Republican Sen. Dan Brown says he plans to increase the school’s allocation by an additional $2 million.
Missouri Southern President Alan Marble says the school’s finances must be addressed before its 10-year re-accreditation site visit in 2019.
Marble plans to request a tuition hike at the next Board of Governors meeting.
Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune, http://www.columbiatribune.com