Published on Show Me Mizzou April 20, 2022
University of Missouri President Mun Choi gave his first State of the University Address on March 15. Check out the highlights.
Enrollment is on the rise
This year marks four straight years of enrollment growth, despite the coronavirus pandemic.
In Mizzou’s most recent career outcomes survey, 95% of alumni who graduated with a bachelor’s degree reported a successful career outcome within six months of graduation — the highest rate among SEC universities. Such outcomes include employment, continuing education, and military or volunteer service.
Research is on the move
With $388 million in total research expenditures, Mizzou moved up 22 spots to No. 67 among the nation’s leading research universities.
According to U.S. News and World Report data, Mizzou is the No. 1 best value among public national universities in neighboring states.
Next big move
Mizzou is shaping its future through a strategic focus that targets funding. A 10-year, $1.5 billion initiative called MizzouForward invests in research, infrastructure and students.
Supporting faculty and staff
To help support and retain talented faculty and staff, campus leaders are implementing performance-based salary increases with a $500 million investment over 10 years.
Expanding research infrastructure
The new Roy Blunt NextGen Precision Health building is a big step — but just a first step — in plans to boost campus research capacity. For instance, a new Children’s Hospital is scheduled to open in 2024. Also on the horizon are a new veterinary diagnostic lab, infectious disease lab, influenza center, radioisotope center and improvements to the MU Research Reactor.
MizzouForward is set to fuel the success of undergraduate and graduate students. As a start, 51 projects across 10 academic units, MU Extension and libraries were funded recently. These will:
• Invest in state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories and instruments
• Increase hands-on learning experiences
• Educate career-ready students
On other fronts, the new Honors College curriculum is built around STEM, humanities and social sciences, and campus will add academic advisers to help guide students through their college careers.
Learn more about the state of the university here.