Missouri State University

8. Student and Faculty Involvement in Missouri State University's Public Affairs Mission

Data last updated: March 2014

Student engagement is strongly related to student success. While there are many activities employed to engage our students some of the most influential are: the incorporation of high impact educational experiences; the development of strong local, regional, state, national, and global partners; and to encourage awareness and involvement in the University’s sustainability efforts.

Data is updated annually: HIEE in summer, PA Events in spring, Initiatives in fall.

Note: Fiscal Year 2012 refers to Summer 2011--Fall 2011--Spring 2012.

[LRP, Public Affairs Integration Objectives 3 & 4; Partners for Progress Objective 5; Responsible Stewardship, Objective 6].

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High Impact Educational Experiences (HIEE)

Measure 1: Number of Undergraduate Students Participating in HIEE*


Fiscal Year 2011 Fiscal Year 2012
Total HIEE Participation 8,438 8,390
Fiscal Year 2010 Fiscal Year 2011 Fiscal Year 2012
Learning Communities 164 453 661
Student-Faculty Research / Creative Activity 1,628 1,863 1,844
Service Learning 5,466 5,278 5,374
Internships / Practica / Student Teaching 2,863 2,743 2,471
Focused Field Experiences 521 571 592
Study Abroad 194 251 340
Total HIEE Participation 8,243 8,438 8,390
Undergraduate Headcount 16,569 16,957 17,039

* Each category represents an unduplicated headcount; actual participation is higher because some students may participate more than once.

Measure 2: Percent of Undergraduate Students participating in HIEE


Fiscal Year 2011 Fiscal Year 2012
Learning Communities 2.67% 3.88%
Student-Faculty Research / Creative Activity 10.99% 10.82%
Service Learning 31.13% 31.54%
Internships / Practica / Student Teaching 16.18% 14.50%
Focused Field Experiences 3.37% 3.47%
Study Abroad 1.48% 2.00%
Total HIEE Participation 49.76% 49.24%
Fiscal Year 2010 Fiscal Year 2011 Fiscal Year 2012
Learning Communities 0.99% 2.67% 3.88%
Student-Faculty Research / Creative Activity 9.83% 10.99% 10.82%
Service Learning 32.99% 31.13% 31.54%
Internships / Practica / Student Teaching 17.28% 16.18% 14.50%
Focused Field Experiences 3.14% 3.37% 3.47%
Study Abroad 1.17% 1.48% 2.00%
Total HIEE Participation 49.75% 49.76% 49.24%

Current MSU Public Affairs Activities

Measure 1: Public Affairs Year in Review*

For more information about Public Affairs activities visit MSU Public Affairs web pages


  1. Selection of annual theme and Public Affairs Fellow (done 2 years in advance for planning) Theme for 2014-2015 selected as “The Ethical Citizen: Can you make a difference” with the PA Fellow selected to be Dr. Kurt Heinlein Orleans, and Child Welfare in Dallas)
  2. New Student Convocation - (Yearly theme is introduced)  2013-2014 theme announced, “Global Perspective: Why it matters”.  3,500 new and returning students in attendance (John Goodman received the honorary doctorate at this event)
  3. Into the Streets Volunteer Program Into the Streets Service Weekend
    • 249 Registered Volunteers (2012)
  4. Public Affairs Week (mid-September
    • Constitution Day: Partnered with the Southwest Missouri Bar Association to host David Mercer, First Assistant Federal Public Defender as he spoke to the topic of “Giddeon v. Wainwright, legal issues and the right to counsel – A global perspective”  80 in attendance
    • Hunger Banquet: approx. 350-400 in attendance
    • Other activities throughout the week:
      • Global Impact Fair = 100 attendees
      • Voter Registration = 200 new voters registered
  5. Public Affairs Convocation Speakers
    • Fall speaker is connected to Common Reader for First-year students - Blake Mycoskie, CEO/Chief Shoe Giver for TOMS Shoes and author of the common reader, “Start Something that Matters”.  Approximately 4,500 attendees in Springfield with additional 100 in West Plains watching via secure internet connection, total 4,400
    • Spring Speaker is connected to yearly theme
  6. Public Affairs grants from $1-$2,000 awarded to support events for the campus community:
    • “The US Embargo on Cuba in Light of Recent Reforms”, fall 2013, proposed by Dr. Gabriel Ondetti and Dr. Indira Palacios-Valladares, total grant = $1,950
    • “Considering Kennedy: Presidential Leadership and Political Polarization Fifty Years after November 22, 1963”, November 11-22, 2013, proposed by Dr. Brian Calfano, grant total = $1,315
  7. Excellence in Community Service Award—4 awarded each year (2 faculty and 2 staff)
    • Faculty for 2013: Dr. Wafaa Kaf (only one recipient this year)
    • Staff for 2013: Anne Baker and Tina McManus
  8. Citizen Scholar Award: Recognizes outstanding citizen scholars from among MSU student body
  9. Martin Luther King Day of Service
    • 204 Registered Volunteers (2013)
  10. Alternative Fall and Spring Break Service Experiences
    Fall/Spring Break Immersion Trips
    • Fall Break: 13 participants (Springfield local trip focused on the Public Affairs Mission)
    • Spring Break: 39 participants(3 Trips: Hunger & Homelessness in Chicago, Urban Renewal in New Orleans, and Child Welfare in Dallas)
  11. Public Affairs Conference: 3-day event each spring 4,200 (attendance has duplication, this is total attendance for all sessions)
  12. Distinction in Public Affairs Program: Students aspiring for distinction in PA participate in a year-long program 39 students completed the program
  13. Heritage Month Events throughout the year (i.e. Hispanic, African American, Asian and Asian-Pacific, and Native American Heritage Months)
  14. Student Community Action Team: Allows students to serve an average of 10-12 hours a week with an area not-for-profit agency for the fall and spring semesters of the academic year as their work-study assignment
  15. Missouri Public Affairs Academy: Week-long program for talented and aspiring HS students 30 students selected to participate

* Not an exhaustive list


Measure 1: AASHE-STARS Rating*

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™(STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS® was developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) with broad participation from the higher education community.


Fiscal year Rating
Fiscal Year 2011 Bronze

* Next Application year: 2014 with a goal of a Silver Rating

Incorporated into Sustainability Coordinator ADP

Measure 2: List of five major initiatives MSU is taking in sustainability


  1. Development of the campus community garden (funded by the student sustainability fund) - The Campus Garden continues to be maintained with enhancements such as raised beds and late season frost protection to extend the growing opportunities.
  2. Construction and pursuit of LEED certification for the Bond Learning Center, Science Scholar’s Laboratory at Greenwood, and the Foster Recreation Center
    • Related to the LEED process, construction waste has been minimized with over 80% of the waste being recycled versus going to the landfill
    • Foster Recreation Center has hydration stations located in multiple areas around the center
    • All roof drainage from the Foster Recreation Center is diverted to a rain garden to help recharge the ground water
    • 100% recycled bumper blocks are being used on the parking lot west of the Foster Recreation Center
    • Daylight controls are being used in new construction projects that automatically dim lighting to save energy
    • Bond Learning Center: LEED Silver; Greenwood: LEED Silver; Monroe Apartments: LEED Certified; Foster Recreation Center: This project continues to pursue LEED certification.  The contractor is to be submitting the required paperwork in order to complete this process.  The University continues to wait for this to be completed.
  3. Installation of 24 hydration stations (14 funded by the student sustainability fund) primarily in academic buildings – COMPLETE
  4. Energy saving activities completed.
    • Relocation of the Hammons Student Center electrical feeder - COMPLETE
    • Installation of the over 680 LED lights and over 200 occupancy sensors in classroom buildings – LED light installations are over 1,000 bulbs replaced; over 200 occupancy sensors remains current number completed to date. Three parking lots have been replaced with LED lights to create a cleaner and safer look to the campus while also saving energy.
    • Installation of LED lights in Parking Lots 4 and 15, funded by student sustainability fund. - COMPLETE
    • Pressure independent valve installation complete at Hammons Student Center, Hammons House, Hutchens House, Freudenberger House, Garst Dining Center, and Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.
    • Education
      • Energy Dashboard implemented to provide real time (updated every 15 minutes) energy resource usage information for 21 buildings, funded by student sustainability fund.
      • Green Teams implemented to promote energy conservation and sustainability at the office, department, and organization level.
      • Plans are underway for participation in Campus Conservation Nationals Apr. 4-25, a nationwide competition amongst universities to conserve energy.
    • Utilized the surplus capacity of the Chilled Water Loop to add or replace cooling requirements versus installing building-specific and expensive chillers. Greenwood Laboratory School and Foster Recreation Center are the most recent. In addition, installed pressure independent valves to support the improvement of the chilled water loop – Chilled Water Loop surplus capacity allowed for connecting to the Wehr Band Hall and Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts; installation of pressure independent valves in some Residence Halls restored capacity to the Loop to accommodate this.
  5. Installation of 400 additional bike rack spaces (many funded by the student sustainability fund) - COMPLETE