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IHL approves new college prep curriculum

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Students planning on going to college, or even those who are just beginning to think about the possibility, should make plans early in high school, or even before, to ensure they have all of the requisite courses under their belts when it is time for them to walk across stage, receive a diploma and move to the next level.

The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning recently approved maintaining the current College Preparatory Curriculum as the minimum requirements and approved an enhanced College Preparatory Curriculum as recommended but not required.

“The courses that students are required to complete are those that will help them to be successful in college and the workforce,” said Dr. Hank M. Bounds, Commissioner of Higher Education. “Students who challenge themselves by taking the enhanced curriculum will benefit by being better prepared for college-level work and being able to submit a more competitive application when applying for academic achievement-based scholarships.”

The minimum required courses for entrance into any of Mississippi’s eight public universities include 15.5 Carnegie units comprised of the following: English (four units); mathematics (three units); science (three units); social studies (three units); advanced electives (two units); and, computer applications (.5 unit).

The recommended College Prep Curriculum includes 19.5 Carnegie units comprised of the following: English (four units); mathematics (four units); science (four units); social studies (four units); advanced electives (two units); arts (one unit); and, computer applications (.5 unit).

For either curriculum, Carnegie units earned prior to high school, including first-year foreign language, Mississippi studies or computer applications, will be accepted for admission provided the course content is the same as the high school course.

The courses required for admission to Mississippi’s public universities are aligned with the Mississippi Department of Education’s high school graduation requirements.

“We are raising the bar in Mississippi for all students,” said Dr. Bettye Neely, president of the Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning. “We are challenging our students today so that Mississippi’s workforce will be more competitive tomorrow.”

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