March 6, 2017
Dear campus community,
I am writing to update you on the progress we have made to date regarding our plans for addressing our budget shortfall this year and anticipated revenue reductions next year.
As you may know, I have already reached out to numerous groups and committees across campus to seek their input and advice. These groups have been far-reaching and diverse, including Faculty Council’s Executive Committee, Staff Council leadership, Missouri Student Association, Graduate Professional Council, MU Retirees Association, MU Alumni Association, many of the Curators’ Professors, as well as the Deans Council and Chancellor’s Staff. I also have received input from University of Missouri System President Choi, who will be our partner in keeping MU strong and fiscally sound.
As different as these groups are, it is clear they all agree on several common axioms:
- As a land-grant university with very high research activity, we must preserve our academic, research and extension missions.
- We must stay student-centered.
- Using data to guide our difficult decisions is imperative as we become a more efficient university.
- Communicating more effectively and frequently is of utmost importance.
Our next steps will include broader discussions with Mizzou’s collective leadership, as well as faculty at an upcoming All-Faculty Meeting. In the meantime, it is important that anyone with a suggestion feel encouraged to share their idea. We have set up a Digital Suggestion Box where those suggestions can be shared and reviewed by a member of my team.
Finally, let me close by thanking each and every one of you. Mizzou is in an era of change, as is much of public higher education. It is heartening to see the extent of agreement and the readiness for change that has already been conveyed. There is a collective sense that all of us are in this together, and together we will strive to make MU all that it can be, now and in the future.