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Retired physician gives Delta State $4M for financial aid

A Mississippi university says a $4 million donation is the largest it has ever received. Delta State University says it will use the money from Dr. Fred Pittman to pay for financial aid for students who can’t afford college. The university says Pittman and his wife have given Delta State a total of $4.7 million. The Cleveland native attended a ...

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CRAWFORD: Moving to market based testing in high schools makes sense

Rep. Tom Miles of Forest is on to something. With regard to tests required for high school graduation, he wants to move from an education bureaucracy based approach to a market based approach. A little background. The federal No Child Left Behind Act was replaced by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Both have required public schools to implement intensive ...

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Developers propose upscale lodge, conference center for Franklin County

A public-private consortium on Friday announced a proposal for a 200-room lodge, 1,000-person conference center and related amenities on 150 acres in the Homochitto National Forest near Lake Okhissa in southwest Mississippi. The land purchase was authorized following Congress’ passage of the farm bill last month and gives the Scenic Rivers Development Alliance, a coalition of local governments in five ...

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USM recognized as leading research university

The University of Southern Mississippi has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading research institutions by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the pre-eminent classification of top doctoral research universities. USM’s inclusion in the “R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity” category places it in the company of institutions like Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, and ...

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Mississippi graduation rate hits new record of 84 percent

Mississippi is graduating a greater share of its students in four years than ever before, with 84 percent of public high school seniors earning their diplomas on time last year, the Mississippi Department of Education said Thursday . The department said the mark for the 2017-2018 is the highest on record in Mississippi, up from 83 percent in 2016-2017 and ...

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Subbarao formally installed as dean of WCU medical school

Dr. Italo Subbarao was installed as the fourth dean of the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine during a formal ceremony Jan. 11 in Hattiesburg. At 44, he is the youngest dean of an osteopathic medical school in the United States. “I’ve never thought about age, but what I hope to bring to our students is a creative approach, ...

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Williams to Lead Phi Theta Kappa STEM and Workforce Programs

Dr. Johannah B. Williams has been named associate vice president of STEM and Workforce Programs at Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK). Williams will oversee the development of engaging workforce- and STEM-related programming for PTK members. Nearly 20 percent of members are STEM majors, and approximately 29 percent of members plan to enter directly into the workforce upon completing their ...

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Mississippi awarded $10.6M federal grant for Early Childhood Development

A collaborative effort among state agencies was successful when Gov. Phil Bryant announced that $10.6 million was awarded to the state from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to expand the scope of early childhood development for children ages 0-8 in Mississippi. In a departure from the state’s traditional provider-focused approach, the newly enhanced system is designed to ...

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Mississippi businesses ask for focus on worker training

Mississippi lawmakers and officials tell business leaders they’re hearing their concerns about needing more and better-educated workers, touting efforts to improve child care and produce more high school graduates. The Mississippi Economic Council, the state’s chamber of commerce, says it’s making workforce development one of its main priorities in this year’s Legislature. The council met Thursday in Jackson for its ...

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Windfield tabbed as MVSU’s new director of alumni relations

Mississippi Valley State University’s Office of University Advancement has brought on a new director of alumni relations who is familiar with the institution and all things Valley. Jackson native Kylon T. Alford-Windfield, a 2013 graduate of MVSU, has been tabbed as the director of alumni relations. His primary duties include serving as a liaison between University administration, the National Alumni ...

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