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Fitch wants new financial literacy program for students

TUPELO — State Treasurer Lynn Fitch says she wants to help Mississippi young people become more comfortable with handling their finances. Fitch is pushing a computerized financial literacy program in schools across Mississippi called Treasurer’s Education About Money. “We’re doing this to get them a critical life skill they so need. It’s important that they […] [...]

MSU approved to build new dorms, road totaling $74.2M

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University is considering spending $60.5 million to build two new residence halls. The College Board approved plans for MSU to hire the McCarty Company Design Group to design two 356-bed dormitories, plus a 10,000-square-foot facility for the Sonny Montgomery Center for America’s Veterans. The dorms would replace the existing 220-bed Evans […] [...]

Facing tight funding, USM to unveil retention plan

HATTIESBURG — University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney Bennett has only been on the job for six months, but he says his relationship with the university community has jumped off to a promising start. Bennett, the former vice president for student affairs at the University of Georgia, said his plan for student success at Southern […] [...]

Two-year colleges see another enrollment decrease

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Enrollment has fallen at Mississippi’s 15 community colleges for the third year in a row, according to preliminary figures reported by the Community College Board. The new data show that the number of students enrolled at the state’s two-year schools fell 4.3 percent this fall to 77,661. That means community college enrollment […] [...]

State universities see first enrollment decline in 20 years

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — More than 80,000 students are working toward building a successful career and brighter future by pursuing a college degree. However, across Mississippi’s eight public universities, preliminary fall 2013 enrollment figures show a decrease of 490 students from fall 2012 numbers. This is the first time in 20 years that overall enrollment has […] [...]

MVSU becomes second university to house students in hotel

GREENWOOD — Mississippi Valley State University is housing more than 100 upperclassmen in two off-campus hotels because of an on-campus room shortage. The Clarion-Ledger reports that it’s the second state university to lease rooms for students. Earlier this month, Jackson State leased the 120-room Travelodge motel for nine months. Acting president Alfred Rankins Jr. says […] [...]

Schools want tax money; district in near $1M hole

NATCHEZ — The Natchez-Adams School District may ask taxpayers for more money next year. “The question now is how much and not if,” school board President Wayne Barnett said. “When (Superintendent Frederick) Hill looks at you and says, ‘I’ve cut all I can cut without affecting the quality of education,’ you have to listen to […] [...]

MC, Chinese university sign exchange agreement

CLINTON — Mississippi College and Hubei Polytechnic University in China have agreed to faculty and student exchanges between the two institutions. The agreement sets up a “2 plus 2 degree” program where a student would spend the first two years at HBPU and the last two years taking classes at MC. Others would involve Hubei […] [...]

New education trend? District marketing schools

TUPELO — Noting the competition that exists when parents choose where to send their children to school, first-year Tupelo superintendent Gearl Loden has begun a campaign to aggressively market the school district. From billboards to newspaper advertisements to a student-produced program that airs on WTVA-TV in Tupelo, the district has actively tried to share its […] [...]

School officials struggle with overcrowded classrooms

HERNANDO — DeSoto County school officials will not move students around the district this fall but will find some way to use existing buildings to deal with a growing enrollment. With more than 30,000 students in more than 40 schools across the county, DeSoto County Schools is Mississippi’s largest public district. Crowding has been a […] [...]

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