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Listening session this week in search for Ole Miss leader

Two listening sessions are set for the search for a new University of Mississippi leader, with the first coming Thursday at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson and the second on Sept. 5 on the Oxford campus. A 39-member search advisory committee of faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members met Friday in Oxford, The Oxford Eagle reported . The ...

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Change in private school money awards to clear waiting list

Mississippi education officials are changing how they give out money for students with disabilities to attend private schools, awarding money on a first-come, first-served basis instead of holding a lottery for some applicants. The Mississippi Department of Education said Tuesday that it has enough money to award grants of up to $6,765 to 695 applicants. The value of the award ...

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Placement rates high for recent Mississippi accounting graduates

By BECKY GILLETTE Accounting graduates in Mississippi are in high demand for good-paying jobs that involve more than just figures and calculations.   “It is not just crunching numbers. We do a lot of focusing on critical thinking, analytical skills, technology, technical skills and communication,” said Marv Bouillon, Jerold J. Morgan Professor of Accounting and director, School of Accountancy, The ...

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‘Homework gap’ shows millions of students lack home internet

With no computer or internet at home, Raegan Byrd’s homework assignments present a nightly challenge: How much can she get done using just her smartphone? On the tiny screen, she switches between web pages for research projects, losing track of tabs whenever friends send messages. She uses her thumbs to tap out school papers, but when glitches keep her from ...

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Mississippi State promotes research chief Shaw to provost

Mississippi State University is promoting its head of research and economic development to provost. David Shaw will become the university’s chief academic officer on July 1, pending approval by College Board trustees. President Mark Keenum announced Shaw’s appointment last week, saying Shaw was chosen after a national search that produced three finalists. As provost, Shaw will oversee academic operations and ...

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University of Alabama trustees vote to refund $26M gift

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama board of trustees voted Friday to give back a $26.5 million donation from a philanthropist who recently called on students to boycott the school over the state’s new abortion ban. Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr., a 70-year-old real estate investor and lawyer, had already given $21.5 million to the university after his pledge last ...

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Mississippi man leaves $642K to county school district

A Mississippi man who died in April left more than $642,000 to the Harrison County School District. News outlets report the donation by 84-year-old Darrell Saucier is the largest in the district’s 63-year history. Superintendent Roy Gill says there isn’t yet a concrete plan on how the money will be used. He says the money has been deposited in a ...

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ANALYSIS: Mississippi will pay for career certifications

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush may have been a failure as a presidential candidate in 2016, but he’s still a success in Mississippi education policy. Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education was a prime mover behind a bill that Mississippi lawmakers passed almost unanimously earlier this year to pay public schools to turn out more career and technical students with ...

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Trustees start search for new University of Mississippi head

The search is on for a new leader of the University of Mississippi. College Board President Hal Parker on Thursday appointed fellow trustee Ford Dye of Oxford to lead the effort. Dye said he wanted all trustees to serve as members of the search committee Dye in turn, is choosing a group of faculty, staff, students and alumni to act ...

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Ole Miss professor slammed on tweet gets tenure after debate

Trustees of Mississippi’s eight public universities are granting tenure to a University of Mississippi sociology professor who was criticized for encouraging “acts of aggression” against Republican politicians. Trustees voted Thursday after earlier removing Professor James Michael Thomas’ name from a list of 76 routine approvals of tenure and discussing his case individually in a two-hour closed session. Thomas was critical ...

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