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Report: Student performance improving, but work needed

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi is seeing improvement across all levels of education, according to an annual progress report released by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). Significant progress in the state includes: • Achieving the largest percentage-point increase in the nation in reading at the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Basic Level from 2007 to 2009 among Mississippi’s fourth-graders ...

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Community college receives grant for job training

DECATUR — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) announced a $1.77-million federal grant to support a plan by the East Central Community College (ECCC) at Decatur to expand its job training outreach in five rural Mississippi counties. The Community-Based Job Training Grant issued by the U.S. Department of Labor is intended to increase ECCC job training capabilities ...

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Mississippi still lags in education spending

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Census Bureau has released “Public Education Finances: 2008,” and it shows Mississippi is still near the bottom in per pupil spending and near the top in federal funding for education in the U.S. In 2007-2008, Mississippi spent $7,901 per elementary-secondary pupil, sixth lowest in the country. The states with lower per-pupil spending were Tennessee, Oklahoma, ...

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Ole Miss to build another research facility

OXFORD — Three federal agencies have provided $31.7 million for construction of a second building at the Thad Cochran Research Center at the University of Mississippi. The Cochran Research Center is the primary research facility for the university’s National Center for Natural Products Research. NCNPR Director Larry Walker told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that the building would include a ...

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CAVS symposium draws international attendees

STARKVILLE — A professional gathering of about 80 international authorities on computer modeling and simulation will be sponsored June 22-25 by Mississippi State University’s (MSU’s) Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems at the Cochran Research Park. For the second year, the university’s Symposium of Predictive Science and Technology of Mechanics and Materials brings together representatives of academia and industry with counterparts ...

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School consolidation committee to meet next week

JACKSON — A committee studying public school consolidation meets in Jackson June 28 when it is expected to review a draft report. Gov. Haley Barbour had asked that the Commission on Mississippi Education Structure finish its work by early April, but said it was more important to develop a good report than to meet a deadline. Pete Smith, a spokesman ...

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IHL report finds mixed economic indicators

JACKSON — The economy is showing signs of life in Mississippi with retail sales rising and tax revenues stabilizing, but unemployment is still hovering near 10 percent, according to the June 2010 issue of the Mississippi Economic Review and Outlook. The publication is compiled by the Center for Policy Research and Planning at the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. This ...

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MUW making bid for more online students

COLUMBUS — Mississippi University for Women’s (MUW’s) turnaround is about to begin, but it won’t happen on campus. It will happen online. Bill Mayfield, dean of the School of Professional Studies at MUW and director of its new e-college, says plans are in motion to make MUW a major player in the burgeoning online education movement, beating state schools such ...

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MSU combines administration of units, colleges

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University president Mark E. Keenum has announced plans to combine administrative functions of two research units and the colleges of Forest Resources and Agriculture and Life Sciences. Consolidation of administrative units for two colleges will provide significant savings for the university while maintaining the separate identities of the colleges, he said. “The university faces unprecedented budget ...

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Firms bidding to search for university presidents

JACKSON — Bids from seven executive search firms show that most think new presidents for three Mississippi universities can be found within four months. The president’s job is open at Jackson State University, Alcorn State University and Mississippi University for Women. Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds told The Clarion-Ledger that he asked College Board members to take time to choose ...

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