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Community college lone bidder for bankrupt country club

COLUMBUS — East Mississippi Community College is the sole bidder for the bankrupt Columbus Country Club. Deadline for bids was Sept. 14. The auction is scheduled for Oct. 5. Jason Browne, a spokesman for EMCC, tells the Commercial Dispatch the school’s administrators are not ready to comment on the bid. EMCC board members discussed purchasing the club and its golf ...

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Public universities asking lawmakers for $72.4M budget increase

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s institutions of higher learning have asked lawmakers for $72.4 million more for the fiscal year that begins next July 1. “We’ve made a lot of cuts. We have consolidated programs. Now we have hit a wall,” higher education commissioner Hanks Bounds told members of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee yesterday. Bounds said while there was a ...

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Fitch suspends state's prepaid college tuition program

JACKSON — State Treasurer Lynn Fitch has told lawmakers that she suspended the state’s prepaid college tuition program because it is struggling financially and an audit will show whether it needs to be overhauled or scrapped, as many other states with similar programs have done. Fitch appeared yesterday before the Joint Legislative Budget Committee. Until the audit is completed, Fitch ...

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UM incoming freshmen set record on entrance exam

OXFORD — Incoming freshmen at the University of Mississippi have set a new record on the ACT college entrance exam. The average ACT scores (which include converted SAT scores) for incoming freshmen at Ole Miss for the fall 2012 semester hit 23.9, a record high for the university, school officials report. This figure is 0.4 points higher than the fall ...

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State students' ACT scores remain lowest in nation

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s ACT scores remained the worst in the nation last year, despite an increasing number of students taking courses that are supposed to prepare them for college. The testing organization, based in Iowa City, Iowa, says that only 11 percent of Mississippi students were ready for college in English, math, reading and science, compared to 25 percent ...

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Mississippi State gets another grant for University Center

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University’s College of Business is receiving an additional $650,000 grant to leverage university resources for economic development. The award from the federal Economic Development Administration will enable the university to continue housing a University Center, an entity designed as a resource for entrepreneurs in rural areas. This grant comes on the heels of an additional $1.065 ...

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Tougaloo College buying Jackson television station

JACKSON — Tougaloo College has agreed to acquire television station WUFX-TV, Channel 35, in Jackson.  WUFX is the MyNetworkTV affiliate for the Jackson market and can be seen on Cable One channel 9 and Comcast channel 11. Terms were not disclosed. “This is a remarkable opportunity for the college to further its academic mission as well as its economic interests ...

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MGCCC offering assistance to return-to-college propsects

PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is offering financial assistance for associate degree completion through the Mississippi Adult Degree Completion Program. A maximum of $2,000 is available for individuals who would like to complete their associate degree and have not been enrolled in college for at least one semester, have 0-15 credit hours left to graduate and are not ...

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