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Student body presidents pushing for on-time graduation

HATTIESBURG — With only 48 percent of students graduating in four years, the student body presidents of Mississippi’s eight public universities have decided to encourage their fellow students to know their plan and graduate on time. The Student Body Presidents’ Council launched the Finish in 4 campaign at a Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning meeting held ...

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Board to retool school rating system again after superintendents balk?

JACKSON — After resistance from district superintendents, the Mississippi Board of Education is likely to again rework its rating system for high schools and districts. Just last month, at the demand of federal officials, the board gave heavier weight to high school graduation rates, making it count for 20 percent of high school and district ratings. State officials said more ...

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MGCCC sets new record for number of graduates

PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College held its annual commencement ceremony on May 8 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. More than 900 of the 2,134 students receiving degrees participated in the commencement ceremony. Dr. Mary S. Graham congratulated students on their achievement and pointed out that 3,130 degrees were awarded this year, a 37.9 percent increase in degrees earned ...

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Education officials changing school rating system

JACKSON — Mississippi is reworking its rating system for school districts and high schools after federal officials demanded the ratings put more weight on high school graduation. The state Board of Education voted to seek public comment on the revised rules, which would apply beginning with this year’s ratings. Those ratings will be released this fall using testing and graduation ...

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Poor conditions of schools could spur more consolidation debate

JACKSON — Reports of decrepit buildings, illiterate high school students and bloated employee rolls could fuel another round of school district consolidation by the Mississippi Legislature. Bob Strebeck, who runs the Leflore County system since the state took control last year, told Senate Education Committee members yesterday that conditions in the 2,800-student system are the worst he’s seen in six ...

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Pickering calls results of school system audits 'alarming'

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Office of the State Auditor has released the 2012-2013 Mississippi Student Information System (MSIS) School Audits Comprehensive Annual Report. During the previous school year, OSA conducted audits in 46 school districts totaling 146 schools across the state. “Each school district is required to submit specific student and personnel information to the Department of Education through the ...

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Community college to graduate record number of students

MERIDIAN — Meridian Community College will graduate a record number of students for the Spring 2013 term. The Meridian Star reports 554 students will be awarded their Associate Degrees and certificates when commencement ceremonies are held tomorrow. MCC Dean of Student Services Soraya Welden said that brings MCC’s total number of graduates for the school year — summer, fall and ...

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Shipfitters graduate from community college's 'boot camp'

GULFPORT — Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College recently held a graduation ceremony for 17 graduates of the Shipfitter Boot Camp at the Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Center (AMTC) in Gulfport. The 10-week training program is designed to prepare individuals for entry–level employment as shipfitters. Originally, 20 participants were invited to participate in the boot camp following pre-qualification activities that included ...

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Public comment sought for new school-rating plan

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Graduation rates will make a difference this year in how Mississippi high schools and school districts are rated. The state Board of Education is likely today to seek public comment on a plan to add four-year graduation rates to the numerical formula that rates high schools and school districts. The board is likely to vote on the ...

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Report shows higher ed graduation rate below 50 percent

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — At most Mississippi colleges and universities, fewer than half the first-time students graduate within six years. The University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University are among exceptions to the graduation rates found in the College Scorecards recently released by the U.S. Department of Education. Antonelli College-Jackson, Millsaps College and Mississippi College also have graduation rates above 50 ...

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