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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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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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BILL CRAWFORD — Legislators should take hard look at university admissions

USM cut out-of-state tuition by 40 percent “to reverse a 2,000-student enrollment dip by pricing a USM education below some public universities in nearby states,” reported the Clarion-Ledger.    IHL data shows the average percentage of out-of-state students attending Mississippi public universities is 30 percent. The averages for each university are ASU 24 percent, DSU 17 percent, JSU 23 percent, MSU 34 percent, MUW 15 percent, MVSU 23 percent, ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Two Meridian representatives introduce conflicting bills

Meridian Republican Representative Steve Horne has introduced House Bill 305 to abolish party primaries for state and local elections.    Meridian Republican Representative Greg Snowden has introduced House Bill 496 to require party primaries for state and local judicial elections.   Hmmm.   Horne’s bill was referred by Speaker of the House Philip Gunn to the Apportionment and Elections Committee. ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Beware of leaders with unchecked shadows

History tells us when those who yield to their shadow selves choose leaders of their ilk, calamity, often war, follows.   Carl Jung labeled the dark side of self as “the shadow.” His psychiatric research into personality found people to have inner shadows associated with feelings of guilt, fear, hate, anger, selfishness, etc.    Upon looking deeply into himself, C.S. ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: A New Year’s Resolution for state government

Resolved:  State government will only provide the services our people need and only tax enough to cover costs for these needs. Hmmm.   Many folks will unpack this resolution in different ways. Some will confuse “need” with “want.”  Others will severely limit the needs government should cover. Let’s shine a little light on this.    The 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Is out-of-state student growth good for Mississippi taxpayers?

USM, seeking students, reduces out-of-state tuition,” read the recent newspaper headline.    “The idea is to reverse a 2,000-student enrollment dip by pricing a USM education below some public universities in nearby states, and attract enough high-schoolers from Houston, Dallas and San Antonio to raise overall revenue,” explained the Clarion-Ledger story. USM cut annual tuition for out-of-state students by 40%, ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Leaders’ power play puts egg on their faces

How appropriate.  Fate chose the week of the Egg Bowl for legislative leaders to have to wipe lots of egg off their faces.   How silly. House Republican leaders passed a rule, with Senate mimicry pending, to deny media access to the Legislature’s contracts, only to find out they were violating their own law.   How embarrassing. The state’s only statewide ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Appointments will tell if Trump can deliver

Haley Barbour was right. “People wanted to shoot Washington the bird,” he said recently at the MEC Hobnob. “They thought Donald Trump was the biggest, most magnificent middle finger they could find.”   For many, that’s all that mattered. If Trump delivers on any campaign promises, well, that will just be icing on the cake.   Others are expecting lots ...

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