Missouri Senator Kurt Schaefer explores ways to save higher education dollars in committee hearing

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Schaefer, R-Columbia, said he's not thinking about closing campuses, but he does want to consolidate administration. A new budget emphasis to reward schools that succeed on performance measures led Schaefer to zero in on those that do not.

"I think shared governance is a concept that a lot of other states have embraced to reduce costs," Schaefer said after the hearing. "I believe it will save costs, both in administration as well as procurement."

Gov. Jay Nixon proposed an average budget increase of 5 percent for four-year state universities. The money was allocated using a model that rewards performance, with Lincoln University one of two schools receiving a 3.1 percent boost and the University of Missouri System among five receiving a 5.2 percent increase. Lincoln met three of five performance goals; the UM System met all five of its performance goals.

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