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Universities facing drastic cuts

JACKSON — Six of Mississippi’s eight public universities plan to make up the majority of expected budget losses over the next three fiscal years with cuts, efficiencies and enrollment growth. In response to a dwindling economy, a multi-year plan for these institutions was discussed at a meeting yesterday of the Board of Trustees of the State Institutions for Higher Learning. ...

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JCJC sets new enrollment record

ELLISVILLE — Jones County Junior College reports back-to-back semesters with double digit enrollment increases. The school had an enrollment of 5,573 in the fall semester, an 11 percent increase over the previous fall. The Hattiesburg American reports the spring enrollment is 4,927, an 11.3 percent increase over spring 2009. That includes a record 751 students who enrolled the first day ...

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School consolidation study lands funding

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour’s office says two groups are paying for a school consolidation analysis in Mississippi, and his office has applied for money from a third group. Barbour spokesman Laura Hipp said yesterday that the privately-funded Barksdale Reading Institute, based in Oxford, is giving money for the study, and the National Governors Association has given the state a ...

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New healthcare publication to be released

STARKVILLE — A new publication offering information on access to healthcare in Mississippi’s 82 counties will be released this month by a research center based at Mississippi State University (MSU). “Listening to Mississippi’s Needs: Assessing Our Health Workforce 2010” was published by the Mississippi Center for Health Workforce, located at MSU’s Social Science Research Center. Lynne Cossman, an associate professor ...

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Two in running for UMMC post

JACKSON — Two finalists have been named in the search for a new vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the medical school at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). The finalists include one internal and one external candidate. They are Dr. Robert C. Robbins, chair of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine, ...

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MSU reports on recycling efforts

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University (MSU) officials are reporting that more than 75,000 pounds of material were collected during the university’s fall recycling trial program. The nine-week effort ended Dec. 13. It began with the random assignment of 27 campus buildings to three local recycling companies — Triangle Maintenance, Starkville Recycling and Mississippi Industrial Waste Disposal. The companies were responsible ...

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Barnes & Noble introduces textbook rentals

NEW YORK (AP) — Bookseller Barnes & Noble Inc. is launching a textbook rental program for college students, making it the newest entrant in a growing field. The new program, available though campus bookstores or the stores’ Web sites began as a pilot program in three of its 636 campus bookstores in the fall. It has now been expanded to ...

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Mississippi State makes national ranking

STARKVILLE — Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has named the 100 best values in public colleges, ranking four-year schools that combine outstanding education with economic value. Mississippi State University ranked 88th, and was the only Mississippi institution of higher learning to make the list. “Despite widespread state government budget cuts and shrinking endowments, this year’s top 100 public schools continue to deliver ...

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MC unveils new medical program

CLINTON — Mississippi College (MC) leaders plan to launch the state’s only physician assistant program and enroll the first students in the summer of 2011. MC expects to welcome 25 to 30 graduate students in the inaugural class. Students will attend year-round for 30 months and earn a master’s degree in medicine. Physician assistants are health professionals who practice medicine ...

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MPACT enrollment deadline nears

JACKSON — State Treasurer Tate Reeves is reminding Mississippians that the deadline for the Mississippi Prepaid Affordable College Tuition (MPACT) applications is Dec. 31, 2009. Reeves will visit the cities of Meridian, Tupelo, Hattiesburg, Gulfport and Jackson. MPACT offers the chance to lock-in at today’s tuition prices, and provides a great way to save for college early and affordably. Parents ...

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