Missouri Southern’s Finances Could Affect Accreditation

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — One of Missouri’s smallest state universities could face accreditation trouble stemming from low tuition and a decline in state support.

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.

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