Gov. Nixon highlights MU’s excellence in research and innovation

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Gov. Nixon highlights MU’s excellence in research and innovation

Courtesy of KTVO Newsdesk

During a round table discussion on Thursday with students, faculty and staff at the University of Missouri (MU), Governor Jay Nixon announced that the National Science Foundation has awarded MU a $4.2 million grant.

This grant will fund a four year project to study how corn varieties maintain growth in drought conditions.

Gov. Nixon said as the only academic program in the state that addresses issues related to plant production, MU’s Division of Plant Sciences is leading the way toward a more secure future.

“This grant is great news for Mizzou and a testament to the talent and dedication of these researches, who work each and every day to develop solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.”

The Governor’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget proposal includes an increase of $55.7 million in performance funding for the state’s public colleges and universities in exchange for a tuition freeze.

“I’m urging the Senate to follow my recommendation for a $56 million increase in performance funding for higher education, so that our colleges and universities can freeze tuition while continuing to be centers of academic excellence.”

Based on that funding level, those higher education institutions have agreed to freeze tuition for in-state undergraduates.

The budget approved this week by the Missouri House includes no increase in general revenue for higher education performance funding.

The most recent report on pricing trends by The College Board found Missouri once again leading all 50 states in holding down tuition increases at public universities over the last seven years.

The governor said Missouri’s colleges and universities also have been able to hold down costs for students because of the resources they can dedicate for capital improvements throughout the Building Affordability initiative.

Gov. Nixon proposed the initiative in collaboration with public colleges and universities and it was subsequently passed with bi-partisan support in the General Assembly in 2015.

Through Building Affordability, Missouri is investing $200 million in higher education campuses throughout the state.

The additional investments by the state are helping colleges and universities make needed renovations and improvements to their campuses without raising tuition to cover the costs of these projects.

First published Sunday, March 13, 2016.

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