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2018 March 21 - 12:00 am

‘Brain Drain’ Hampers Efforts To Boost Economic Development

Speaking to the Capitol press corps and Mississippi State University’s Stennis Institute of Government, the overseer of Mississippi’s eight public universities said the state needs a more highly educated workforce, but also needs to find businesses that will keep those graduates from leaving.
Politics and Policy
2018 February 12 - 12:00 am

Shrinking State Support Puts Squeeze on Sports, Pay Raises

Community College Board Executive Director Andrea Mayfield said in a statement that 81 people will be laid off, while 122 jobs will be eliminated after employees leave or retire. Colleges plan to cut 35 student jobs, a way many students earn money for school, and will eliminate three vacant positions.
Tracking Trends
2017 July 10 - 12:00 am

Nearly 160,000 Students Being Urged To Return to Campus

Census figures show 29 percent of Mississippians older than 25 have a two-year or four-year college degree, but another 23 percent attended college and never earned a degree. Gov. Phil Bryant, who is backing the effort, said when it was announced in November that a better-qualified workforce would help the state’s economy and raise incomes.
Money Tree
2017 April 15 - 12:00 am

Tuition Increases and Layoffs Likely as GOP Pushes Tax Cuts

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi would spend less on public schools, have no new funds for transportation and face likely tuition hikes at state colleges and universities under a spending plan approved by lawmakers that cuts next year’s budget by more than 4 percent compared to what was originally planned.
Money Tree
2016 February 29 - 12:00 am

Community Colleges Propose $83 Million Hike in Spending

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s public schools, community colleges and universities are asking for an additional $372 million in the budget year beginning July 1, even as House Appropriations Committee Chairman Herb Frierson said lagging state revenue makes large increases more unlikely than ever.
Around the Nation
2015 July 28 - 12:00 am

$6M Grant Targets High School Dropouts for Free Career Training

The idea is to provide not only adult education, but career readiness, specific skills training and a semester’s worth of college credits over two years. Colleges would counsel students intensively to help them stay in school, and allow them to start taking other courses before students passed the high school equivalency test.
Money Tree
2015 July 28 - 12:00 am

Average Hike is 4 Percent; More State Funding Increase Helps Hold Down Rate of Increase

Six colleges aren’t raising prices, including Meridian Community College, which will hold steady at $2,314 a year. East Central Community College, which is raising charges by less than 1 percent, will still have the lowest tuition in the state at $2,230 after imposing a $20-a-year.
Politics and Policy
2015 March 16 - 12:00 am

Required Academic Credentials of Executive Director in Dispute

Meeting minutes that in a closed session in January, the board deadlocked 5-5 in an effort to reopen the search and seek new applicants using the existing academic requirements. Opposing that motion were the five members of the 10-member board who voted in December to hire Debra West, the board’s deputy director of programs and accountability.
Politics and Policy
2015 March 6 - 12:00 am

Community Colleges Fear More K-12 Funding Could Come at Their Expense

The Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation is opposing Initiative 42, which would amend the state Constitution to require an “adequate and efficient system of public schools” and try to close the Legislature’s wiggle room on spending less. And community college forces also appear to be lining up against the amendment.
News Analysis
2014 October 28 - 12:00 am

K-12, Higher Education Systems Competing Against Each Other for Limited Appropriations

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — It’s not often that the heads of Mississippi’s public university and community college systems are reduced to stammering. But a little air went out of the room during legislative budget hearings last week when Lt. Gov.
Around the Nation
2014 October 13 - 12:00 am

Clark Will Step Down After Heading System Since 2008

He told The Associated Press he will have 40 years in the state retirement system by next summer, dating to when he started teaching at Taylorsville High School. Clark, who holds a doctorate in history from Mississippi State University, has taught history and government at Taylorsville High, Jones County Junior College, Missis sippi.
Money Tree
2014 September 7 - 12:00 am

New Contracts To Cost 60 to 90 Percent More Than Previous Version

1 will put its proceeds into a new pot of money, leaving the old fund with a gap that still must be made up through investment gains, state appropriations or other methods. The program is backed by the state’s full faith and credit, which means obligations must be paid.

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