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BILL CRAWFORD: Higher ed boards face leadership choices

IHL Commissioner Hank Bounds has accepted the job as president of the University of Nebraska system. Eric Clark, executive director of the Mississippi Community College system, has announced he will retire this year. So both the IHL Board of Trustees and the Mississippi Community College Board (MCCB) find themselves seeking new leaders.   The IHL Board of Trustees is a ...

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Miss. tax collections running $91M ahead of expectations

JACKSON — Mississippi tax collections are running $91 million ahead of expectations just over halfway into the fiscal year, a top budget writer said Tuesday. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Herb Frierson, R-Poplarville, said that’s a small portion of the $6 billion budget, but the uptick shows economic conditions are improving. He also said legislators will consider a long list of ...

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Higher education, tourism officials ask for more state funding

JACKSON — The two systems that run Mississippi’s public universities and community colleges each want lawmakers to increase their budgets by more than $75 million, arguing more state spending on higher education will help residents earn higher incomes and bolster the future of the state. State agencies are presenting requests to the 14-member Joint Legislative Budget Committee this week, setting ...

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Community college board exec Eric Clark to retire

JACKSON — Mississippi Community College Board Executive Director Eric Clark will retire at the end of June 2015. Since 2008, Clark has led the board that coordinates the operations of the state’s 15 community colleges, which are governed by local boards. Clark, 63, made the announcement during a state board meeting. He told The Associated Press he will have 40 ...

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Enrollment rises at state's public universities, but falls at community colleges

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Enrollment rose slightly for the fall semester at Mississippi’s eight public universities, but fell for the fourth straight year at the state’s 15 community colleges. Preliminary counts released yesterday show the number of students rose 1.1 percent at universities to 79,909 overall and fell 1.8 percent at the community colleges to 76,266. Students flocked to Mississippi’s community ...

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Ex-Secretary of State Clark backing Cochran for Senate reelection

Dr. Eric Clark, former Mississippi secretary of state and current executive director of the Mississippi Community College Board, is endorsing Thad Cochran in his bid for reelection to the U.S. Senate. At a press conference, Clark said: “The first comment I would make is that I’m here as a citizen of Mississippi, and not representing any organization. I am a ...

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Future of prepaid college tuition program still in limbo

JACKSON — It’s still unclear whether Mississippi’s prepaid college tuition plan will reopen for additional enrollments, or when that might happen. But if the plan does reopen, price increases of at least 20 percent could be needed to keep the plan afloat. The board that runs the Mississippi Prepaid Affordable College Tuition plan voted yesterday to ask actuaries to prepare ...

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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 has now dipped back below ...

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Agencies, schools petition lawmakers for funding in upcoming bidget

JACKSON — Mississippi’s prison and mental health systems and Medicaid program are seeking millions of extra dollars to get through the budget year, then more money on top of that for the coming year. Agency leaders appeared yesterday before the Joint Legislative Budget Committee to request money for fiscal year 2014, which ends June 30, and for fiscal 2015, which ...

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MARTIN WILLOUGHBY: Clark is making an impact on youth

Mississippi’s community colleges play an invaluable role in the economic development of our state. Each year our 15 community and junior colleges teach and train about 250,000 students. In addition to regular academic classes, our community colleges offer GED preparation, Adult education, workforce training, and technical educational. This past school year, the community colleges awarded 14,074 degrees which was an ...

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