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Community college test shows student satisfaction increasing

PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College was rated above the national norms on eight student satisfaction scales on the Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI). The test, conducted by MGCCC’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Research, showed that 78.9 percent of students were very satisfied, satisfied or somewhat satisfied with their experience at MGCCC, a […] [...]

Pickering lists concerns over Mississippi Adequate Education Program formula

JACKSON — State Auditor Stacey Pickering has notified the Legislature of his concerns with the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) formula. The report provides detailed information to lawmakers on the MAEP formula in advance of the upcoming 2015 legislative session. “Each year the Office of the State Auditor provides an overview of MAEP funds, how […] [...]

Willie James Young Jr. named alumni director

Willie James Young Jr. was recently named the new director of alumni affairs at Mississippi Valley State University. Most recently, Young has worked as the personnel director for the Greenwood Public School District, a position he held from July 2003 until June of this year. A native of Greenwood, Young  began his professional career in […] [...]

Student body presidents pushing for on-time graduation

HATTIESBURG — With only 48 percent of students graduating in four years, the student body presidents of Mississippi’s eight public universities have decided to encourage their fellow students to know their plan and graduate on time. The Student Body Presidents’ Council launched the Finish in 4 campaign at a Board of Trustees of State Institutions […] [...]

None of state’s school districts get an ‘F’, but officials expect a fall

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Many of Mississippi’s public schools will be able to boast of high marks for one more year under Mississippi’s A-to-F school rating system, but state officials continue to warn that grades could fall sharply next year. Under grades announced today by the Mississippi Department of Education, no district currently operating received an […] [...]

Most of state’s kindergarten students have reading issues

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A first-ever look at whether Mississippi’s kindergarten students are ready to learn to read shows that two-thirds are not. Those results, released by the Mississippi Department of Education, will be used by proponents to call for more state spending on prekindergarten classes, and to tailor efforts to help students improve before third […] [...]

Dak Prescott’s autograph fetches a pretty penny

Mississippi State star Dak Prescott says he is taking steps to avoid being the next college football star to be accused of exchanging autographs for cash. “I’ve started just personalizing things — making sure I write to the person that they’re asking for. And I don’t sign things in bundles — just being a lot […] [...]

Dr. Rudolph E. Waters Sr. dies at 82

Dr. Rudolph E. Waters Sr., interim president (1994-1995) at Alcorn State University, died Sept. 14 at River Region Health Systems in Vicksburg at the age of 82 after an extended illness. Waters served Alcorn for more than 48 years. He joined the administration in September 1957 as the dean of students, and he held numerous […] [...]

USM offering accelerated nursing program to military service members

LONG BEACH — The University of Southern Mississippi recently received a three-year grant in excess of $1 million that will allow the university to offer a specialized, accelerated bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree program designed for former and active-duty military service members. “It’s a great match with what we have to offer with […] [...]

USM reports $10M-plus in savings from energy-efficiency efforts

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi has undertaken significant changes in energy consumption and efficiency that have resulted in a savings of more than $10 million since 2009, according to USM. Facilities across the Hattiesburg campus — including those designated for academics, athletics, residence life and dining — continue to be examined to determine […] [...]

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