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As outlined in the Statewide Strategic Plan, the state's goal for higher education is "to make available an accessible, quality public higher education at an affordable cost that prepares Mississippians to become productive, financially self-sufficient members of society while meeting the human resource needs of Mississippi and its employers, including the creation of new jobs through the commercialization of university-based research."

Mississippi Public Universities help the state achieve its goal for higher education by enrolling more than 95,000 students per year and producing more graduates. In Academic Year 2017, Mississippi Public Universities awarded 17,760 degrees. There has been a 9 percent increase in all degrees conferred and a 38% increase in STEM degrees awarded in the last five years.

Mississippi Public Universities provide high-quality education, research and innovation that support economic growth and opportunities that benefit all Mississippians in a very competitive environment. Keeping our state's best students in Mississippi requires excellent faculty and support staff; sophisticated technology; and modern, safe, well-maintained facilities.

The FY 2020 IHL funding request includes an increase of $102 million over FY 2019 funding. This request would cover the employer contribution increase for PERS, the premium increase for health insurance and restore operational funding to the FY 2016 original appropriation level.

On behalf of the Postsecondary Education Financial Assistance Board, IHL submitted a request for additional funding in the amount of $10 million for Student Financial Aid. These additional funds over the FY 2019 budget would enable full funding of awards to all expected eligible applicants.

Finally, the request also includes $11 million in appropriated funds to address facility repair and renovation needs. Appropriated Capital Expense funds received by the universities in previous years were vital in addressing critical deferred maintenance issues on the campuses. Restoration of these funds would help extend the useful life of older buildings throughout the system.

» IHL Funding Request for FY 2020

Facilities Needs Request

The FY 2019 Facilities Needs Request includes the top five capital project priorities identified by each university. IHL's eight campuses, the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and 12 satellite centers include 1,663 buildings on more than 12,000 acres of land. IHL buildings comprise 46 percent of the gross square footage of all State buildings. IHL buildings have a replacement value of more than $7.5 billion.

» Facilities Needs Request for FY 2020