Anticipating a 4 percent increase in state funding -- about $1.7 million for fiscal year 2015 -- Southeast Missouri State University is looking to add a few positions and expand supplemental instruction and its information technology help desk. Vice president for finance and administration Kathy Mangels says the total general operating budget for fiscal year 2014 was about $104 million. Mangels, working on the fiscal year 2015 budget, said it is expected to be $106 million to $107 million. Two new health-related degrees and a minor were approved by regents this week. A couple of new positions also were added at the River Campus, with the new building opening this fall -- a custodian and a staff position for a resource center -- a library for the arts. Equity raises to bring Southeast faculty and staff more in line with peer institutions took effect Jan. 1. The past couple of years, funding has been based on performance measures. Southeast's fiscal year ends June 30, so board of regents approval for the budget is sought before that date. One item Mangels reviewed at the May 6 regents meeting is dating to 2010, Southeast planned ahead for possible funding reductions.
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