Mississippi’s Outlook Revisited

In Uncategorized on September 9, 2009 at 7:47 am

Just off the heels of an announcement from Governor Barbour that majority of the proposed budget cuts will come from education, now comes the announcement of Mississippi’s poor graduation rate in higher education. Doug Davis, state representative from Desoto, stated that “When you have a state like ours with a low number of college graduates, we need to be doing everything we can.” He’s referencing the low percentage of Mississippi adults who have obtained a bachelor’s degree. Recent figures show that only 19 percent of adults in Mississippi have at least a bachelor’s degree or other postgraduate degree. The current graduation rate from the state’s eight public universities ranges from 48 to 50 percent. Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds addressed the affordability of college as one of many obstacles to obtaining a degree. “In Mississippi, we must pay close attention to affordability and accessibility,” Bounds said. “We have to make going to college and graduating a reality and a priority for teenagers who never thought it was a possibility.”


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