IPS Support Surges in FY 2005
Instruction and public service (IPS) activities, conducted in concert with scholarly and scientific research, comprise an integral part of the MU mission.
Instruction and public service expenditures at the University topped $56.5 million in FY 2005, a total representing a significant gain over last year's total of $47.6 million and an all-time record high. Newly awarded IPS funds totaled $59.2 million in FY 2005, a figure that far outpaced FY 2004's $51.7 million and, like the IPS expenditure total, was also a new record high for MU.
As in the previous year, the College of Education and University Extension each accounted for the largest shares of sponsored IPS activities. Between them, the two divisions expended more than $32.4 million, or about 57 percent of this fiscal year's sponsored IPS funding. Programs in agriculture and medicine combined for another 17 percent. The School of Veterinary Medicine posted its highest-ever expenditure total at just over $1 million -- an increase of some 71 percent over FY 2004.
In FY 2005 the federal government remained the largest single sponsor of the University's IPS activity, providing slightly more than 65 percent of total expenditures and 69 percent of newly awarded funds. State government also remains an important source of IPS funding, though the percentage of support provided by the State of Missouri in FY 2005 remained steady at last year's all-time low of 16 percent. Awards from the state did increase, however, from 12 percent in FY 2004 to 16 percent in FY 2005. For more detailed information, including data for departments within MU's schools and colleges, please visit our "web query tool" at the publications section of the Office of Research web site.
Because projects in most MU divisions have become increasingly interdisciplinary, the Office of Research has calculated both "shared" and "full" credit figures for IPS-support dollars awarded to MU's schools and colleges (please see the table on opposite page). Shared credit numbers represent each academic unit's portion of the total amount expended by MU researchers. Full credit numbers, on the other hand, seek to assign a dollar value to the "productivity" of faculty working across disciplines by allowing the full value of an award to be reported multiple times in multiple units. Taken together, these numbers help demonstrate the dollar value of collaboration and interdisciplinary efforts at MU.