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Dec. 11, 2013
In response to Gov. Nixon’s news conference at Missouri State University in Springfield this afternoon, Northwest Missouri State University President Dr. John Jasinski is issuing the following statement:
“Northwest Missouri State University continues to focus on access, affordability and quality. We appreciate Gov. Nixon’s proposed starting point for funding recommendations and support for higher education. Further, we are grateful for the General Assembly’s recognition of and investment in higher education. I will continue working internally with colleagues on our budgeting process and, as always, focus on access and students’ ability to be successful at Northwest. If this sort of funding proposal holds firm, I would plan on recommending to our Board to hold, at a minimum, undergraduate, in-state tuition flat.
“Northwest’s quality is documented through the likes of the state’s performance funding model, as we are one of only four, four-year institutions to achieve the highest performance based on the statewide metrics, ranging from retention to graduation rate, from quality of learning to financial responsibility and percent of students receiving institutional grant aid. Further, our placement rate of 97.4 percent provides another clear indication of quality and relevance of the Northwest experience for our students.
“Northwest is also pleased to be part of the state’s focus on affordability, as we have kept tuition increases to the lowest percentage in the nation over the last five years. It is important to note that Northwest leverages student investment in higher education. To exemplify, not all tuition costs among institutions are apples to apples, as Northwest’s tuition, unlike other institutions, includes our textbook rental program, saving students nearly $1,200 per year, and we provide laptops to all students for an annual savings of $600. Further, we provide for some 1,200 student employment positions on campus and help 89 percent of our students to receive some form of financial assistance.”
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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