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TODD SMITH — U.S. is split on media treatment of Trump

In the wake of numerous contentious encounters between President Donald Trump’s White House and the national press corps, Americans disagree on the news media’s coverage of the new president and his administration. Just over a third of Americans (36 percent) think the media have been too tough on Trump, while just under a third (31 percent) think it has been ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Move remediation to community colleges and hybrid universities

Across the nation ever rising higher education costs are in conflict with tight state budgets. At the same time ever rising tuition costs are in conflict with stagnant family incomes. Many states are looking to restructure higher education to reduce costs, both for the state and for students.    “The pressure on higher ed budgets is going to continue,” said ...

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WESLEY McGREW — Exposing the skill gap in information security

Imagine if your business’ attorneys and CPAs had only a week of training in their profession. At the end of that week, they were given the opportunity to take a multiple choice test (for which their training acted as a “cram” session). Like an unqualified lawyer or accountant, an inexperienced, poorly trained, or careless information security professional could cause immeasurable ...

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TODD SMITH — How Super Bowl ads influence purchasing

Finding out which Super Bowl advertisers become the brand to remember were a big part of the fun surrounding the Big Game last Sunday. But do the expensive spots – 5 million for a 30-second ad – leave a lasting impression on consumers and ultimately convince them to buy products? Adweek commissioned Survata to survey 502 consumers ages 18 to ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Inflated university enrollment costs taxpayers

With tight state budgets looming for the foreseeable future, government operations must be rationalized to higher levels of efficiency and performance. Mississippi’s public universities should not be exempt from this process.    In last week’s column I suggested legislators look hard at university admission standards and out-of-state tuition. IHL’s current approach is to admit under-prepared students and to discount out-of-state ...

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BEN WILLIAMS: Mississippi’s prescient governor

Mississippi’s Governor Phil Bryant endured some rancorous criticism for his decision to forgo an expanded Medicaid program.  Now, with actual data refuting the doctored projections used to originally support expansion, the twice-elected governor is “looking prescient” – to borrow a phrase from a Wall Street Journal editorial. Background on ACA and Medicaid Expansion The 2,700-page 2010 federal Patient Protection and ...

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TODD SMITH: How the media botched the presidential election

The inauguration was barely over when President Trump attacked the press, and scarcely longer for his advisor, Kellyanne Conway, to introduce a novel concept: “alternative facts” in response to reporting that the crowd at the Trump inauguration fell below its predecessors. Thus, the battle between the media and the president has been ignited. While news organizations in these early days ...

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