MGCCC, USM strike new concurrent enrollment agreement

Mary Graham

Mary Graham

Dr. Rodney Bennett

Rodney Bennett

LONG BEACH — In an effort to increase higher education opportunities for students, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and The University of Southern Mississippi have entered into a new concurrent enrollment agreement allowing students in select academic programs to seamlessly complete degrees from both institutions.

At a press conference held yesterday at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, MGCCC President Mary S. Graham and Southern Miss President Rodney D. Bennett signed a memorandum of understanding agreeing that students may apply for concurrent enrollment in designated academic programs.

Bennett 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.”

The program, set to begin fall 2015, includes seven academic programs in general business, child and family studies, psychology, biological sciences, marine biology, para-legal studies and film studies. Pilot programs in select academic disciplines may begin as early as the spring 2015 semester.

Graham 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.”

Through the program, concurrent enrollment allows students to be enrolled in one or more classes for either institution simultaneously. Both institutions will administer admission requirements and program advising to ensure student success.

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