A photo of Pres. Choi talking with state Rep. Philip Oehlerking.

President Choi talks with state Rep. Philip Oehlerking, who graduated from UMSL.

On Monday morning, I addressed the House Subcommittee on Appropriations – Education about our budget priorities. I was proud to share more about our work at Mizzou and across the University of Missouri System. 

Missouri taxpayers are the most important benefactor to our university, students, faculty and staff. With their trust and investment, Mizzou has increased graduation rates to 75%, the UM System has boosted research expenditures to $512M and extended our research and teaching to impact more Missourians, no matter where they live. 

We are grateful to Gov. Mike Parson for recommending a 7% increase in core funding for the UM System, along with other important investments in higher education. As stewards of public funds, we are committed to accountability, transparency and delivering more for Missouri. It’s an investment that pays off. Mizzou returns 25-1 on taxpayer dollars. 

 I appreciate our strong partnerships with elected officials and their support for our student success, research and engagement mission.

— Mun


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