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2014 September 7 - 08:33 pm

2 Miss. Schools To Allow Concurrent Enrollment

Students Will Have Choice of Co-Enrolling in Academic Programs at USM, MGCCC

LONG BEACH, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and the University of Southern Mississippi have signed an agreement that will let some students enroll in both schools at the same time.

USM President Rodney Bennett says students will have the ability to co-enroll in their choice of seven academic programs.

Those programs are business administration, biological sciences, marine biology, psychology, child and family studies, entertainment industry and paralegal studies.

Bennett said the schools will offer at least one program next January with the others likely to start in the fall of 2015.

“The additional degree options offered through this partnership will impact the local economy by offering greater access to higher education and a broader range of academic programs offered to the Coast community,” he said. “The opportunity to co-enroll will expand degree options available to Gulf Coast students, who already have access to more than 50 academic programs offered through our Gulf Park campus.”

MGCCC President Graham Mary S. Graham tells The Sun Herald (http://bit.ly/1qV4B6L ) the partnership pushes her school toward goals set out in its 2020 strategic plan, which focuses on teaching and learning, student success, community partnership and innovation.

“At Gulf Coast we are committed to providing our students with every available resource they need to succeed,” she said. “By allowing our students to concurrently enroll at MGCCC and USM, we will be able to streamline student services and curriculum, thereby creating fewer barriers between the student and completion.”

She said a survey last year of sophomore students found 57 percent wanted to transfer to USM, but she said this program is not the “2 Plus 2 agreement of years gone by,” which helped students transfer from MGCCC to USM.

“Students can enroll with us and enroll in USM Gulf Coast and get the same type of benefits that they would at any university or community college,” she said, noting MGCCC has nine locations across the Coast. “Student will have the opportunity to take courses at any level, at any location.”

She said it would help both schools become more efficient.

Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com

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